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SeaHounds Go Fishing at Peach Farm

galleygirl | May 8, 2002 02:15 PM

The hounds assembled at Peach Farm Seafood, 4 Tyler Street, in Boston's Chinatown to sample the seasonal bounty of crustacean delights..Um, okay, we went to pig out on soft-shell crab!

We began the IronHound SoftShell Crab Battle with a plate each of their special preparations..Contestant one, SSC lightly floured and sauteed, then stir-fried with thick slices of ginger and copious fresh scallions...Words are fairly superfluous here; they were as good as they sounded. Fresh, crispy, still moist inside; and you couldn't help eat that tangy sauteed ginger, too. So, of course, we thought, "These will be our favorite"...Until we got the Hot, Spicy Salt and Pepper SSC. They were even livelier! Unrestrained by additional sauteeing, their crust was all about crunch, heat, salt and a healthy amount of chilis, clearly visible to the naked eye.

The problem was, Peach Farm provided too many distractions...We started with the steamed oysters-as-big-as-your-head with black bean sauce..(Have I mentioned that I liked these? (g))
Reason enough to visit; they're so big, so plump, so juicy..I love raw oysters, but these are the best justification I've ever seen to apply heat!

We couldn't pass up the chance to have live shrimp, simply steamed with a soy-based dipping sauce, hyped up with some chili-oil and scallion...They were very good; and of course we ate every one, but their competiton from all these other options was a little overwhelming.

The hounds decided they needed another platter of the Hot,Spicy, Salty SSC's.....

At which time, the much-admired Mai-Kee(all spellings approximate!) was brought forth...Lightly corn-starch dusted, then sauteed, with Mai-Kee sauce (seemed like XO sauce to me, can anyone shed any light?) sesame seeds, and garlic..Slightly crunchier than the last time we sampled it; because only smaller eels were available, the pieces were not as thick..I was going to try to compare it further to the previous experience, but the platter was bare! Once more, I will be forced to order it, in the name of collecting scientific data..

Ooh,ooh,ooh---then we had geoduck sashimi!!!! A platter of ice came to our table, covered with glistening, peach-colored slices of recently breathing clam. Sweet, less-crunchy than mirugai,(the giant-clam of sushi bars) with a hint of the sea. And the biggest bowl of wasabi I ever saw to dip it into...(Reviewer's admission; I was thinking of this dish in bed last night. And again this morning..)

The hounds decided they needed another platter of the Hot,Spicy, Salty SSC's.....

We tried to make choices..We tried to eat a well-balance meal..("Maybe we should order some greens for gallygirl?") We tried to show restraint...But the black-bass, or tautog,(now we know they're the same thing) run in the spring...We cheerfully assented to the fish brought to our table for meet-and-greet,(now,Scott won't throw them back when they catch them!) and then were brought a plate of large, tender, white chunks, barely stir-fried in a light wine(?) sauce, on a bed of broccoli.(We thought we were getting watercress, but were too busy passing around the SSC's to notice..) The fish has a fat-content and flavor that takes it way past most white-fish in taste and that buttery texture.

We never got the garlic chives, we never got the conch.. We didn't have room for the amazing dish of Frog-Legs and Garlic in Hot Pot that every Chinese grandma in the room seemed to be getting, to the accompaniment of wonderful smells and sounds..If anyone tries it, could you report? It would appear to be a worthy endeavor.

The hounds decided they needed another platter of the Hot,Spicy, Salty SSC's.....Well, really, what else could we do? (g)

We accompanied this seaside celebration with 2 bottle of the Melanie Wong recommended, chowhound vetted Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris.....We raised a toast to Melanie!

The ever-amazing Tom once again, took care of us, suggested treats, and made us feel like the most special table in the place...And the comraderie and friendship of my fellow hounds made me feel like I was the luckiest person at that table!

XXOO,
galleygirl

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