Enjoying cheap food in Manhattan doesn't always involve eating out. In New York's Chinatown, one can find good quality tiger shrimp or tiger prawns at the many Asian seafood markets. Tiger shrimps are given their moniker because of their distinctive gray and black stripes. Surprisingly, I have even seen some with brown, gray and black stripes. They are generally some of the largest variety shrimp and usually provide a nice crisp texture when cooked. They cost about $5 to $6 a pound.
The following video was filmed at the home of my retired dad, who worked for over twenty years at various Chinese restaurants in New York's Tri-State area. The dish is called "Salt and Pepper Tiger Shrimp." The base contains corn starch and white pepper. Notice the double-cooked pan frying method. Dad is an excellent cook and I will post videos and recipes as they are available. Enjoy!