Shrimp cooked in caramel sauce (tom kho) is among my favorite Viet comfort foods.
I use medium-size raw shrimp and puree the tails in a food processor, then combine the puree with pieces of the shrimp to form thick burgers.
This recipe is admittedly a little basic, but sometimes, basic is good. Basic is a garlicky, white winey, tomatoey broth that will take care of your expensive seafood, cook it gently, and make everything taste delicious.
This is a superb summery lunch recipe that tastes great both hot or cold.