Ok, how about this – when I say American-style seafood, I’m not saying FAST FOOD lol… I’m saying the style:
Shrimp with the heads popped off, deshelled, and the poop tube scooped out of the back.
Fish without heads/guts.
Usually baked with a crispy outside
Cooked with herbs, spices, sauces (usually herbs/spices cooked DIRECTLY to the main meat, not on the outside of the fish where none of that flavor soaks in)
When I go to a fresh seafood place in Taiwan, if I order shrimp, they just hand you whole shrimp. They’re fresh and tasty, but they’re a bit boring – no extra flavors, cooked with shell so any additional flavoring (IF there’s anything) gets completely voided out because it doesn’t soak beyond the shell, etc.
Or fish, same deal – it doesn’t matter how it’s cooked, it tastes the same every time.
And local is usually cooked in hot water or something – it’s always slimy and never crispy on the outside. Give me some baked fish, man