After dusting off my copy of Counter Intelligence for a recent trip to Renu Nakkorn, I started to go through it again, and discovered so many more places that I live nearby, but have never tried! (Like, I worked down the street from Mike's Hockey Burger for five years, but never ventured in ONCE!)
Anyway, I've had a MASSIVE craving for Fried Shrimp, and the book reminded me of the amazing San Pedro Fish Market!
I headed down there today and saw it hasn't changed much since I was a kid! Now, the San Pedro Fish Market is actually one of the several fish market/stands in the area. There is pan pacific area that has two big stands that feature asian inspired dishes, and the rest cater more to the latinos that make up the vast majority of their clientele.
But to be honest, most of the places offer the same things. Fried Whole Fish, Cocktails, and these MASSIVE trays of Shrimp Fajitas! So I did a quick round of the area to see what other folks were eating and who offered what...
Anyway, everything looked really good, fresh (There is MASSIVE turn over there due to the crowds) but since it was just me, I opted for two little things....
The first, Octopus Cocktail from a stand in the 'international' section (Basically, wHere they have a stands serving Handburgers and Pizza for those not wanting fish...) It looked amazing, big chunks of tender Octopus and chunky tomatoes and onions. I got a small, which is put in a rather large cup for a little under 5.00! It was a good as it looked. Yum! The Fish ceviche also looked great as well! I can't wait to try...
Anyway, so on to my search for the fried shrimp! I looked at several places, but to be honest, It looked like they all used fried shrimp out of a box! Bleh... So instead I stopped by the Stand in the Pan Pacific Area and ordered the Tempura Fried Oysters to bring home.
Well, the good news was that the Tempura part was PERFECT to kill the fried craving Very crispy and tasty. The Oyster Part however was AWFUL. I bit into one that tasted like... UGH!! :/ I know it's not exactly fair, but the Fried Oysters I've enjoyed at R-23 were all equally wonderful. These, I was afraid to take a wrong bite... :/ Eventually I ended up tossing half of it (I had ordered Six...)
I will be back (this was a scouting expedition for my non-chow friends) and order the safer friend Fried Fish, Those Shrimp Fajitas and definatly to try that Fish Ceviche! :D