Ahh...so many names from my past. Prawns with candied walnuts. Walnut shrimp. Shrimp with walnuts.
I grew up just outside of San Jose, CA and our family has always loved good Chinese food. We are somewhat mainstream (not a big pig trotter fan) but in the SF Bay Area were also always fortunate enough to have a number of excellent authentic Chinese restaurants to choose from. My two favorites from San Francisco are the R&G Lounge (usually for main courses, dinner) and Yank Sing (usually for Dim Sum).
In any event, both of those restaurants, plus several of our other local haunts, serve outstanding versions of "prawns with candied walnuts" or whatever their variation of term. Not fried shrimp with a sweet mayonnaise, but complete and utter goodness. Because I seem to like sweet things in my asian tastes (love me some sweet & sour, peanut sauces, etc.), the prawns with candied walnuts has always been one of my personal absolute favorites.
My question fellow Chow's, is whether there is worthy prawns/shrimp with candided walnuts-ish type dishes here in D/FW. Most of the Chinese places we've tried do not have on the menu. Some of the ones that do (J.S. Chen's in Plano for example) basically just have a 'serve with mayonnaise' style. I've had it at P.F. Chang's, they have like a fried shrimp with candied pecans or something and melon, but it's only passable in comparison. Don't even get me started on Panda Express, which also has shrimp with walnuts. Now my kids do occasionally like them some Panda Express, so sue me if I get the shrimp/walnuts when I'm there. However, I find not having a quality "go-to" place for this dish dissappointing and would love it if the Chowhounds here might have a recommendation we've missed!