6.209 Mantis Shrimp with Salt & Pepper


2 (Sun) August 2015

Mantis Shrimp with Salt & Pepper


at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila-

with the wife & kids, and the wife’s cousin’s family

Summer Vacation, Day 2 (see previously 6.208 Adobong Kangkong).

We’ll be spending a week together in the Philippines, followed by a week in Korea.  The wife and kids arrived yesterday afternoon.  Her cousin’s family will be staying with us until Tuesday.

For reasons that I’ve never bothered to confirm, the mantis shrimp are held in plastic bottles.

Or so they say, “salt & pepper” refers to a Chinese method of preparation.  Consists of a central ingredient — most famously squid — lightly breaded, deep-fried, seasoned with salt and pepper, tossed with minced chilies and/or garlic.   Maybe because the Chinese use so many seasonings (e.g., soy sauce, oyster sauce), they feel the need to point out the simplicity of the salt and pepper.  On Google, most of the hits seem to be UK-based.  I’d never heard the term until coming to the Philippines, where the technique is very popular.

I’ll think of a way to incorporate these leaves into a dish more worthy.

Mantis Shrimp with Salt & Pepper*, meh.  On a positive note, the garnish of deep-fried chili leaves were light and crispy, subtly fragrant, perfectly seasoned.  Otherwise, the flesh of the shrimp didn’t readily separate from the shell, making it sort of like soft-shell crab, but tougher, not as good.  The salt & pepper treatment was unremarkable, as usual.  Oh well.

*Neither mantis shrimp nor salt & pepper appears on the menu, and so was not among the 216 items covered during TEITY (see completed 6.095 Done).

White Pepper Lobster (4.0) — we were very pleasantly surprised to find that the substitute chef, filling in for the regular guy on holiday, improved upon our favorite dish (see most recently 6.128 White Pepper Slipper Lobsters) by upping the garlic and adding garlic chives; henceforth, we’ll ask that the dish continue to made like this.

6 thoughts on “6.209 Mantis Shrimp with Salt & Pepper

  1. i think i will have to have the white pepper lobster when i’m in town at the end of the next month (the venue was changed again). if you are available for any lunch/dinner at the time, that would be great.

  2. Mantis shrimp can actually inflict a lot of damage, apparently. Both on people and the tank itself.

      1. Unsurprisingly, I was the winner at food trivia at my university’s food science association.

      2. food science association?? where do i sign up?

        food has always been my favorite category on jeopardy.

        come to think of it, being a writer on jeopardy would be my dream job.

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