Giant Fried Shrimp Spotted at By the Pound Buffet!
Unable to ignore the prospect of 50% off the hot food at a by the pound buffet, I stopped by Green Cafe yesterday (on 44th btw. Mad+5th) just to see what was going on… survey the scene if you will (before heading to KFC). Like most commenters noted, it’s a pretty generic Midtown deli- and for $8 a pound, the hot/cold bar is definitely not worth it. ($4 a pound, on the other hand…) There was, however, one thing that caught my eye: gigantic friend shrimp! I’ve been duped by shrimp at a by the pound buffet before (the fake shrimp fiasco of 2006), but these were clearly real shrimp. Well, I shouldn’t say “clearly”… they clearly had real tails sticking out the side of a ton of breading that looked like it could possibly house a real shrimp. I wouldn’t put it past one of these places to insert real tails, into a fake fried shrimp carcass (would you?)
I had to find out for myself.
Nope… real shrimp. And not too bad- although as expected it was mostly breading. So much so, the meat to breading ratio bordered on corn-dog like proportions. At $8 a pound, I can’t say if it was worth it or not. It is real shrimp… but the breading is pretty heavy stuff.
As a side note, there was a sesame chicken looking thing on the buffet that looked like it could have been made from those fake shrimp (which I actually love)- so I tried a piece of that as well. Sadly though, it was just dry white meat chicken. I almost wished it had been the fake shrimp… that would have been awesome.