Happy New Year, 'hounds!
Had the munchies last night, so I drove down to Chinatown at around 2AM, seeking some nice crispy dry-fried salt and pepper shrimp. I was in for a treat, because the friendly waiter at Peach Farm showed me some nice HUGE live prawns he had, a deep glistening crystal grey colour. Approximately the same price as the frozen shrimp, he claimed!
These boys were large, reminding me of the mini-lobster Langostinos I'd occasionaly encounter in an opulant paella when I lived in southern Spain. Very lively and active, too, which is a good sign. No funky smells.
He fished them out of the tank, and five minutes later I received a platter of lovely reddish golden whole shrimp. Salt and pepper "dry fried" is easily one of my favorite methods of preparing seafood. Its simplicity in seasoning doesn't detract from the subtlety of fresh seafood flavor, and the jalapenos provide a nice pungent after-kick.
I think Peach Farm generally does a great job at frying seafood, though I sort of wish last night's dish were fried a tad bit longer. The (frozen) shrimp I've had in the past at Peach Farm were much smaller, though expertly fried so I could pop the suckers whole, crunching through the shells. These were the only shrimp I could tolerate eating whole. They are friend long enough that the entire shrimp is basically a crispy "puff". I think because of the massive size of last night's shrimp, though, they could have stayed in the fryer a bit longer. Still flavorful and delicious, though.
Supplemented this with a Fu Chow style fried rice, which was simple and nice - slightly gloppy sauce containing chopped bay scallops and chicken.
Overall, an excellent reason to be up late and hungry in Boston.