Sometimes life can be really cruel. For most of her life (up to this point), D1 has taken full advantage of indulging in one of her favorite crustaceans, shrimp. She has stuffed her face with shrimp at the Sky Garden buffet (Imiloa Astronomy Center). She has even eaten tempura udon all along the west coast (USA), Hawaii, and Japan. She was so looking forward to her Japan trip this year for the opportunity to sample more tempura udon. Unfortunately, all dreams of finding the best tempura udon in Japan came to a screeching halt a few months ago. A spring visit to the allergist in Honolulu confirmed what we had suspected for a few months. . .D1 has a seafood allergy.
Dr. Kuo performed the "thousand needle" skin test, which revealed crab to be the most allergenic. There was a slight/mild reaction to shrimp, and no reaction to lobster. However, Dr. Kuo said that since crab, shrimp and lobster are closely related, he advised avoiding all 3 to prevent cross-reaction.
D1 was devastated. I know she has contemplated having shrimp several times since that diagnosis. And Mr. Dependable sold her out and told me she eats shrimp almost every weekend when she is with him! Unlike Mr. Dependable, I tend to walk on the side of caution. While benadryl has worked well in the past to combat the itching, I always tell her not to push her luck. In spite of her allergy, D1 has a lot to be thankful for. . .she can still eat a whole bunch of other tasty seafood. Clams, oysters, scallops are all safe (per Dr. Kuo). I remind D1 that there other people who are not able to eat any seafood, including oyster sauce (neither of the Ds would be able to handle an allergy to this).
At this moment, D1 is somewhere in Tokyo. . .I hope she's not at Aoi Marushin or buying crab from Tsukiji! I hope she remembers to ask what they use to make dashi. And I most certainly hope she will not be tempted to indulge, even with epipen handy. With an air of self-indulgence, D2 told me before she left that she plans to stuff herself with crab and shrimp tempura while there. She said she'd even eat some sweet potato tempura (I didn't know she eats this)!
here. The recipe link does not have any pictures of the finished dish, so I hope they will link to this blog (or ask me for permission to use the pics).
I have posted several kick-ass shrimp recipes, but I prefer this recipe to carry-along shrimp and salt & pepper shrimp. This is more versatile. It can be eaten with rice or with a crisp, green salad. It also doesn't require much marinating time. Because it's cooked on a grill, there is no oil to clean up (yay). As a play on the original name of this recipe, we referred to this (when we were cooking shrimp) as "me me" (an homage to "Mimi") shrimp. D1 is the ultimate "me me". . .the queen of the selfie!