In case you are ever in Hong Kong and wondering what to eat, the Sanchon Hunjang has a tasty recommendation. Of course the dim sum is good, and many people go for that expensive steamed garupa stuff, which isn't bad either. Especially if you get it with steamed rice and put the sauce on it...mmmmmm
But, I've dicovered this fried shrimp dish with garlic sauce that is even better than those delicious treats.
It's not made out of a normal looking shrimp. They have these shrimp with yellow detailing that apparently come from Malaysia. I talked to several waiters at different restaurants about the name. They all agree that the Chinese name of this critter is 瀬尿蝦 뇌뇨하 "shallow-river urine shrimp" (I hope the "urine" part is just due to its yellow coloring...). Problem is that one guy says the English name is "gray fish," while another other guy gives "sea mantis." Who knows...☞ 瀬: 얕은 강 뢰, 尿: 오줌 뇨, 蝦: 새우 하.
At any rate, here is what they look like on the fin...
...and here is a close up.(Note to self: remember to chop the fingers off all coworkers accompanying me to restaurant, so they don't say "니가 맛 있다고한 게 이 놈, 맞지?" right when I'm taking a photo)
After the cook has his way with them, they come out looking like this delictable treat.
The stuff that looks like breadcrumbs on top is the garlic sauce, which is a wonderful salty snack by itself.
I've tried this same dish at many different restaurants. In fact, if you just point at the yellow shrimp, they all recommend it fried with the garlic sauce. But the place that does the best job is also one of the most reasonable in pricing (very reasonable on all
of their menu items for that matter), which is a good combination. Here is a scan of their business card, which includes a handy map.
Go give it a try. Most highly recommended.