A quick Google search of “bang bang shrimp” links to sauce recipes from Food Network, Damn Delicious, and a website claiming to copycat Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp. It seems as if Bonefish Grill is the creator of the now-infamous dish, as Bang Bang Shrimp has no origins in any known cuisine or culture. But variations on Bang Bang Shrimp abound… everything from Pow Pow Shrimp, Wow Bang Shrimp, and Lava Lava Shrimp (from Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant) can be found all over the internet.
Two Lights’ Pow Bang Shrimp draws its inspiration from a restaurant in Portland, Maine where Two Lights owners Keene and Megan dined during one of their many summer retreats. Executive Chef Aaron Browning did some digging online (on Pinterest of all places!) and whipped up the sauce and innovative presentation of our take on Pow Bang Shrimp.
Deep fried shrimp are tossed in Chef Aaron’s house-made Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and served alongside pickled ginger and sesame seeds, a presentation familiar to guests who frequent the sushi bar. The interactive nature of our Pow Bang Shrimp brings a fun and customizable element to a sharable small plate that would otherwise be eaten as-is.
Yelp reviewer Al P. says, “The shrimp was amazing and a solid 10/10.”
Check out this sweet and spicy small plate tonight at Two Lights! We’ll be sure to start your evening off with a bang. ••