Soft Shell Crabs/Chinatown
I went to Peach Farm Seafood with a few friends today. We had the soft shell crabs..salt and pepper fried, squid with sour mustard, oysters/black bean sauce, scallops/ ginger and scallops and pea pod stems.
Everything was great and the crabs were significantly better than Taiwan Cafe's version that I had on Friday..meatier crabs and fried crisper, more hot peppers.
Taiwan Cafe's version was good/fine..PFS was great.
The squid with sour mustard was really good. It's on the regular "big" menu v. the translated from chinese little one.
I was hankering for a squid dish (since I couldn't possibly sneak tofu into this meal). While my natural inclinations were towards the dry salted squid, we thought it would be overkill with the SSC. I also wanted something that would go well with rice.
These were sour mustard greens v. mustard sauce. The greens themselves were stalkier than I would have liked. I'm partial to the leafy portion. Fortunately, the stalks were probably blanched before being sauteed so they were easy to eat. They provided just the right amount of sourness to contrast the squid itself. And, the squid was perfectly slightly undercooked to prevent excess chewiness.
The SSC were excellent. Hot, crunchy with plenty of sliced hot peppers. The pea pod stems were superb also. Bright green with just the right amount of garlic and salt. Lastly, it was a rare day that PF had the fresh scallops. It was difficult to get off the shell, but once done, wow. Sweet, tender and juicy prepared with the ginger and scallion sauce.