On Tuesday with my parents in tow, we stopped on Clement Street to pick up some things to take home with them and grab a quick lunch. A sign on the sidewalk outside Ocean Restaurant promoted a lunch special of lobster lo mein for $9.99 (or $11.99 at dinner time) sealed the deal of where we'd end up.
Prepared with ginger and scallions and an abundance of wide and firm egg noodles, this heaping platter was more than enough for Dad and I to share. We even had some of the lobster essence-saturated noodles to take home for a tasty lunch the next day. This lobster was probably not freshly sacrificed, but that's not to say that it was unfresh. It was still firm and sweet, and plenty satisfying, especially for the price. Nearly every table in the place had ordered this dish.
We also got a bowl of soup noodles. Not listed on the menu, you just ask for the kind of noodles you want and the toppings. We were disappointed to hear that mustard green hearts weren't available as we'd loved those the last two visits. We ordered roast pork and spinach with rice noodles in soup aka char siu bau choi ho fun tong. The slippery rice noodles were top notch and the spinach was pristinely fresh and tender. The char siu was leaner this time and a bit tough in parts. The stock was glorious again, very light and cleansing yet so flavorful. This dish was only $5 for a huge bowl.
With a 50¢ per person tea charge, plus tax and tip, our lunch tab was $21 for the three of us and more than we could eat. Such a deal.
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