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Cantonese Butterfly shrimp

Looking for good, old time Cantonese butterfly shrimp with bacon
butterfly shrimp in my mind should be: a jumbo butterflied shrimp topped with a partially cooked piece of bacon lightly which is then coated with egg. The shrimp is fried and served in a sweet sauce with sliced onions. Thre is a current trend to add orange sauce, chopped nuts or a myriad of veggies to the dish. Some restaurants overcoat the shrimp and bacon with egg. Does anyone know what I am talking about? And, if you do, please let me know where I can find it in the tri state area...preferable Manhatta or Queens

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  1. I've actually had the same craving. I've been thinking of trying Jade Mountain, that ancient old-style place in the East Village. The owner was killed in a traffic accident recently, so I'm not sure how long the place will remain open, or if the next generation is keeping it going.

    Here's their description:

    Butterfly Shrimp Fresh Jumbo Shrimp, Split Open, Dipped In Egg and Flour Batter and Crispy Sauteed In Oil, Each Luscious Piece Enfolded In Bacon and Onions and a Special Sauce to Top of a Real Taste Thrill.

    1. While I haven't had the dish there, King Yum would probably have what you are remembering. They are a very old school American/Cantonese Chinese restaurant. The owner has had the restaurant for over 40 years.

      I was there once and had other dishes of my childhood, and was very pleased with the trip down memory lane.

      1. Thanks for the info...King Yum is in Bayside, isn't it?
        I'll have to check out Jade Mountain

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        1. re: d18black

          King Yum is on Union Tpk. in Fresh Meadows near 185th street.
          While it is the most traditionally Cantonese Restaurant in the area, there are better choices foodwise. There's a new take out place with decent seating on 188th Street & 73rd Ave called Peking. Their butterfly shrimp with bacon was good but not great.

        2. Terrific, will need to check them out! Thanks

          1. Someone told me that Jade Mountain is closing, owing to the death last September of its owner Reginald Chan. This would break my heart. I love the antiquated old place. Does anyone know if this is true?

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            1. Check out Lai Yuen in Bay Ridge -- super old school chinese with many dishes along these lines, plus valet parking! Great fun and great food.

              1. I agree with Lai Yuen. There butterfly shrimp with onion sauce is absolutely delicious. You can make a meal just out of the onion sauce with white rice. Delicious.

                1. I came across this again because I'm working on a piece about King Yum. In general the food at King Yum was dreadful, but the butterfly shrimp wasn't so bad. It's more like I remember than the version at Golden Gate in Riverdale, which almost makes it like a big omelet, with lots of egg, but Golden Gate's version is much tastier (as is most of their old-school food--and the spare ribs are great while King Yum's are lousy).


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                  1. re: Peter Cherches

                    Here are a couple of suggestions you may want to try. Nowadays, I get my food from Peking House on the other side of Union Turnpike, at the corner of 186th. Much better quality. The owner couple run a good ship there. But, I don't think they are Cantonese, so I'm not sure if they would do this dish well, or at all. But they have very good service there in a nice atmosphere. It may be worth a trip even if you don't find the dish you want. Another place I've found through a friend is a Chinese restaurant that's in the Bay Bridge Shopping Center, off the Cross Island Parkway, on Willets Pt. Blvd., and near 212th Street. The couple that runs that restaurant also run a very good ship. But, again, I don't know that they have that dish there.

                    I am really surprised and dumbfounded at how bad the food at King Yum is. I just don't get it. It's one of those old-school Chinese American places that should serve the best fried rice, wonton soup, BBQ spare-ribs, etc. But blech. Now, I was not a long time fan by any stretch. But a friend had introduced me to the place when he was having a celebration while he was attending St. John's and that was my first time there. I didn't remember the food then, but I became aware of King Yum. Some years later, I had a craving so I paid it a visit. Suffice it to say, I never went back.

                    There used to be a restaurant called Kam Ying that was on Northern Blvd., near 162nd Street. They were old school too. It's too bad one or a couple of the brothers aged and were in ill health. They closed a few years back. I really missed them.

                    1. re: nooyawka

                      Thanks, but I'm nowhere near that neighborhood and only went to King Yum for nostalgic purposes.

                  2. JJ Garden in Jackson Heights -- in the shopping center w the waldbaums, so purists may say East Elmhurst -- does a really good version. the portion is large, the egg coating nicely applied and the onion sauce is ace. they do a few good shrimp preps, including a crispy w. walnuts that's really a guilty pleasure.