Striped like its jungle namesake, the black tiger prawn is available year-round and is one of Asia’s major aquaculture products. The real name of the black tiger prawn is Penaeus monodon and also commonly known as the giant tiger prawn and Asian tiger prawn.
Fun fact of black tiger prawn is mostly farmed within a significant amount that harvested from the wild by trawlers working mud bottoms from very shallow water to depths beyond 300 feet. Besides, the black tiger prawn can grow to 13 inches but harvest size averages to 9-11 inches. This species is distributed over a vast range, starting from the east and southeast Africa through the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, around the Indian subcontinent, and through the Malay Archipelago to northern Australia and the Philipines. This includes important suppliers like Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Nothing can beat the fresh taste of a black tiger prawn when it is cooked and the meat becomes softer compared to other prawn species. It has gray to black stripes on gray or bluish shells and associated stripes on the peeled meat. When it is cooked, the shell turns bright red. While the meat will be slightly resilient and moist. Cook it in any way that you like will always a WIN taste!
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