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In Chinese cuisine, what does "Ocean Flavor" mean?


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In Chinese cuisine, what does "Ocean Flavor" mean?

Low Country Jon | Aug 3, 2008 10:45 AM

As a teenager I frequented a Chinese restaurant in my hometown that featured a dish called "Ocean Flavor Chicken." At the time, it was one of my favorties. The dish's orange-brown sauce was spicy with just a hint of sweetness. The flavor was unique, but didn't remind me of the ocean in any way. In fact, I can't really put my finger on the dominant flavor(s) of the dish, and I never learned its secret ingredients, if any. I haven't encountered the dish at any other restaurants, though a quick web search turned up "ocean flavor shrimp" and "ocean flavor scallops" at a couple of places, though no recipes.

Are there any Chinese food experts out there who can help me solve the mystery of "ocean flavor"?

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