I have been reaping the benefits as a Chowhound reader (non-poster) and enjoyed many new dining experiences and palette excursions guided by the numerous knowledgeable users on the site. I write tonight to inquire and further a topic about this crustacean which I've come to learn is the "mantis shrimp". I've seen them pop up all over Chinatown in recent weeks at front of house live seafood tanks of restaurants in Chinatown, well "recent" for me may very well be subjective, they may have been there all along ... ? Anyway - cut to the chase -- After my dinner tonight at Fuleen I asked the manager at the restaurant about the scary bug-like squirmy creatures in their tank... he says they are "mantis" and are prepared similar to shrimp dishes. I exited the restaurant taking mental note of MAYBE trying them in the near future... Of course I came home and did several word combination searches on Chowhound first and have learned of the Cantonese dish "pissing shrimp", Anthony Bourdain's filming in HK, etc etc... I am really curious if anyone here in NYC have had it? and if so, can recommend a good restaurant to try them and the proper sauce request as so many Cantonese seafood restaurants make that available.
Looking forward to your responses and suggestions!