It's the perfect Trolling because I have never been to the Crab Shanty even though it is a Howard County institution and I have been to H Mart so often that I can overwhelm new people when I explain what they can buy. It's an email from November, but I'm just digging out from my email:
I finally got to H-Mart yesterday. Much to my relief, the clientele was varied, I was not the only non-Asian there. If anyone else is a bit nervous about going, I'd say I could identify about 95% of the items (not that I'd eat all those items, like the containers of blood, but I could figure out more or less what they were). The produce was very nice, I got a number of things including some beautiful tomatillos. I'll use those to make Tyler Florence's chicken echiladas with tomatillo salsa. Yum.
Popped rice bowls at H Mart
Got some romaine lettuce, pea pods, and then spicy beef dumplings from the freezer case. I didn't get a ton - this time. Most of the produce looked really nice. I saw some queso fresco in the dairy case that I want to try and so many types of frozen dumplings. So many different types of noodles, too, great for fall noodle dishes. I was surprised to see so many varieties of fresh mushrooms. I'll be going back for those.
Also, we went to the Crab Shanty last night for the first time in five years or so. My mother-in-law is visiting. She's 80 yrs old and from the midwest. She is not only fussy but very outspoken. Also, she's allergic to crab, but we chose Crab Shanty because it's close, they have non-crab dishes, and the prices are pretty reasonable.
I wanted to report that Crab Shanty is still a good standby. Mother-in-law had the teriyaki salmon which she reported was very good and cooked perfectly. (She just came back from an Alaska cruise, she says the salmon on board the ship was horribly overdone). My husband and I had their Maryland crab soup - a pretty decent version, pretty good Caesar salads (not overdressed), and I tried the crab canneloni. While it's not how I'd necessarily treat crabmeat, this was quite tasty. Crab mixed with mozzarella cheese, rolled up in what looked like lasagne noodle (not a canneloni shell), then just the lightest amount of tomato sauce on top. Nothing overwhelmed the crabmeat, I could still taste the sweetness, but the tomato and cheese were a very nice balance to it. Surprising. Good warm rolls and excellent service, too!Trolling on Tuesday is my attempt at a series where readers would share three things with other HowChow readers -- favorite restaurant dishes, food to buy, food experiences, etc. Click here for all the Trolling posts. Click here for the explanation and the rules. Anyone can submit.