Seafood Village in Temple City is one of those restaurants that you may never venture into because it tends to get lost in all the other SGV seafood restaurants, but this place is worth visiting, esp. if you like seafood and garlic.
Which means if you go, you MUST order the "House Special Crab" ...a dish of large pieces of crab roasted and slathered in a bevy of garlic, scallions and some more garlic. Always a big fight to clean out the yellow-gunk in the crab shell -- a fight which I do not necessarily partake in (but do enjoy watching).
We started off the meal (as usual) with the Crab Meat and Fish Maw Soup - skip the shark fin soup, there are better varieties at other SGV places. This is good soup, as the seafood broth is really well balanced.
In addition to the crab, we also got the tilapia - steamed tender and velvety soft (instead of the usual pan-fried preparation you find at most places), as well as the "House Special Chicken". All were delicious. But the braised duck that night lacked the usual savoriness, and did not live up to expectations.
(Tip: Always take the chicken bones and duck remains home to make stock and then use the stock to make congee.)
We finished off the meal with taro-pudding, and a special order of mango chips. Good combo.
One good thing about Seafood Village is that it has these big placards on the walls of pictures with the various dishes -- makes ordering that much easier if you don't read/speak mandarin, cantonese or taiwanese.
9669 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA 91780
*Another location in Monterey Park - never been, however.
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