Thursday, February 12, 2009
Long Xia - Lobstah
Riddle: what looks like a cross between a shrimp and a Chinese dragon? A Lobster!
And that's exactly what the Chinese call them, Dragon Shrimp, or long xia 龍蝦. That should be easy to remember. You can review the individual characters by going back to the main entries for Shrimp - Xia, and Dragon - Long.
If a restaurant offers these, you will see them in the big tanks, plotting their escape. The handwritten Chinese signs may mention various ways of cooking them, but will often just have the prices for large 大, medium 中 or small 小. (We'll get to the size characters later.) Up next, something fishy.
Pinyin spelling is lóng xiā, or long2 xia1 (second and first tone).