I laughed a little when I read Caitlin's post last week concerning local Chinese food, and it made me wonder what I'm missing out on. Here in western PA I'm going to go ahead and assume our American Chinese probably isn't the best in the land, but I love all Asian food, and super stereotypical Chinese buffets are right up my alley. One dish that isn't always available is coconut shrimp, a creamy sweet twist on it's fried counterpart. I LOVE this dish, but can't always find it. I've been, ahem, researching (not for myself, of course, but for you!) many many recipes, and I think I've found the right one.
I found the jackpot recipe via yireservation.com. The only things I changed were substituting coconut milk for cream (this was entirely because I couldn't find cream ANYWHERE), used about 1/4 cup heavy cream and a tablespoon of corn starch to make the sauce a little thicker and creamier (personal preference), and I used panko instead of breadcrumbs. I think panko makes for a crispier crunch, but your favorite frying method should work.
The only drawback was that the dish was so good I, um, ate it all. Diet fail, but SO worth it. Isn't it a great feeling to really nail down your favorite restaurant dishes? Anyone else crack any recipe codes lately?