the praises of peach farm have been sung loudly and often on this board, so i will stick to describing our meal.
my mom and i went in yesterday for lunch. we split three entrees with the plan to bring home leftovers.
i started by ordering the soft shell crab with ginger and scallion. delicious. lots of crab, a little bit crispy on the outside, huge ginger flavor! you have to eat around the big pieces of ginger and scoop up scallion with the crab...but it worth seeking out the perfect combination. the crabs are delicious -- i made some at home over the weekend and these had almost as much freshness packed in. they were missing the savory flavor i find in the innards, when i make them myself...but i have a love-hate relationship with that part anyway.
next, i ordered the eel. because i had been deciding between the salt and pepper ssc and ginger-scallion ssc, he recommended we get the eel salt and pepper style. good suggestion -- it could have been spicier for me, but i think my mom liked it this way. the eel was cut up into bite-size pieces with a good fry coating around them. it wasn't as salty as i've had this style before, but it was still great. a few small bones to crunch through, but no problem. i like to add a little soy sauce, collect a couple slices of hot pepper, and pop it into my mouth. big pieces of eel are very different - a little chewy and oily, but meaty like a whitefish.
finally, we asked for a noodle recommendation and he offered up the crispy noodles with seafood. i actually liked this dish a lot. i used to be a lo mein/soft noodle person, but i am moving towards the crispy side of things. big nest of noodles with squid (big pieces), shrimp, mushrooms, and maybe some scallops. nice lite sauce with the seafood - a white sauce that just added some wetness and saltiness to the dish.
the funniest part of the meal was when our server brought out the live eel before cooking it. i checked it and it was swimming around happily. my mom looked at it and i thought she was going to scream. she is the one who introduced me to adventurous eating, but i don't think she likes to think about the living things she eats. but she was laughing, and the urge to scream subsided.
the table next to us was involved in a major feast of their own - five guys with like 10 dishes just plowing through it. the oysters with black bean sauce looked good.