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Sesame shrimp in a mayo sauce? Anyone know what I mean?

A restaurant in Ottawa called "Royal Treasure", on Somerset, makes this incredible shrimp dish! I've tried googling it, but the recipes I come across don't match the taste...

Battered and deep-fried, and covered in a thick white, mayonnaise-type sweet sauce and sesame seeds.

I crave it every day, I'm looking for either more information on it, or a recipe...I've never seen it at any "Canadianized" Chinese restaurant....

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  1. I have had similar here in Bermuda. They call it a 'secret sauce' but is made from a combo of mayo and teriyaki with a dash of hoisin. Served with tempura shrimp. Never seen it in Toronto. The sauce is obviously a 'fusion', something I had previously seen only here due to our local love of mayo!

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    1. re: hungryhog

      Yeah, it's hard to say exactly what's in it, but I agree its something to do with mayonnaise and a hoisin flavour...do you like it?

    2. It's not western mayonnaise. It's Japanese. Maybe augmented with some sugar. You can find it in plastic squeeze bottles at asian stores like T&T. The "baby" brand is a popular one.

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      1. re: sbug206

        They have it at T&T? I'll check it out. Just wondering though, if it's going to taste like the restaurant's sauce? You know how if you use a stir-fry sauce from a jar...vs. a stirfry sauce made at home, the difference is obvious? Do you think it would occur with the Baby brand sauce? Have you tried it? I'm really interested. If they have it at T&T, I'm going to give it a go. Thanks alot!

      2. I can get the same thing here (San Diego) sesame seeds sprinkled on top of the mayo covered fried shrimp batter but then they side the serving platter with candied walnuts and call it 'walnut shrimp'.

        It's Kewpie mayonnaise, which is in a soft teardrop shaped bottle embossed with a kewpie doll. You can buy it in any Asian grocery store here, but is made in Japan.

        The addictive part of this dish is the mayo. It has MSG.

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        1. re: Cathy

          The more I think about it, the more I think you're right, that it's Japanese mayo. I'm not sure if we have that brand here in Canada, but I will keep my eye out for it in the Asian Markets. Thanks!

          1. re: mrsleny

            It certainly looks like it! And by te description of the ingrediants, it matches the taste. Maybe that's worth a shit.Have you tried it?

          2. If you google Honey Walnut Shrimp (or Prawns), you'll get a ton of recipes along with videos.

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            1. re: Sarah

              Now that alot of you guys are saying Walnut/Cashew flavours, it really rings a bell. I can still remember a hint of sweet nuttiness in it. I'm definetely going to look Honey Walnut/Cashew shrimp up. Thanks!

            2. Wonder if this could be "thousand island shrimp" you get in Cantonese restos. Shrimp are deep fried, and the one time I had it, it was covered with a (hot) mayo based sauce rather than thousand island dressing.

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              1. re: Teep

                Thats very similar to what I had.

                1. re: Teep

                  I've seen the mayo/shrimp as 'salad sauce fried shrimp' - although the recipe from the NYT covers how I remember it being made at cantonese restaurants...

                  Mind you, the sauce was not chilled but rather stirred and heated through a wok and then the fried prawns/shrimps mixed in until lightly covered.


                  1. re: HSz

                    I wish there was a picture of it, it sounds very close to what I had. Looks easy enough too. Thanks alot!

                      1. re: HSz

                        That is DEFINETELY it! Even the description is dead on!

                  2. This isn't exactly what you're looking for but maybe more like a variation. I've had a dish called ' Rock Shrimp' at Sushi D on College in Little Italy that was really delicious. The shrimp isn't battered, but appears to be fried with garlic and has Japanese mayo sauce. I love this!

                    Sushi D
                    671 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B9, CA

                    1. I have had the same dish in Ottawa at Royal Treasure and also at Ben Ben. I was searching for something similar when I came across your post. I will follow the links in other replies and hope for the best!!!!

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                      1. re: cinner

                        Oh good, so someone else has tried this exact dish! I'll keep you posted if I find a recipe that's similar! :)

                        1. re: chefmindy

                          I found many that sounded kind of similar but the link below is the closest to what I remember - I am going to try it tonight (well scaled down somewhat as 2lbs is a bit much for 1 person). I will let you know if it is as good as Royal Treasures!