Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Softshells and sansho in Charlotte

TOMI hits softshell crab season with a special May 18-19 and 25-26: $13 gets you a jumbo softshell dusted with sweet potato flour and pan-seared, with a bit of sansho pepper, and steamed vegetables. If you research that pepper, you'll see lots of warring definitions: TOMI's Kevin Cheng says he also calls this mountain pepper, or Szechuan pepper, and describes its flavor as delicate and woody but not lemony. 7741 Colony Road; 704-759-1288.