Seafood Village gets alot of love on these boards when the topic of Chiu Chow cuisine comes up and --generally speaking -- rightfully so. It's good Cantonese/Chui Chow grub at a very, very good price point.
But sometimes the maddening crowds at Seafood Village (esp. the Temple City locale) can be frustratingly long.
So, if you're looking for an alternative, give Chuen Hing in Rosemead a try.
Bypass the regular menu items, speak with the hostess and figure out what's on tap or what the kitchen has in store.
Here's a rundown of our damage.
1. [For those squeamish and politically correct, turn away for a moment]. Best dish of the night, shark fin's soup. If you're a fan, get it. You. Owe. It. To. Yourself.
2. Cold steamed crab. Unlike the garlic-laden version at Seafood Village, this one is steamed and served chilled, accompanied with a black vinegar/sesame oil dipping sauce. So much the better and easier to pickup and gnaw on without getting all that garlic grease on yourself. Plus, you get to savor the subtle sweetness of the crab ... and nothing is quite like cold crab roe washed down with Tsingtao beer.
3. Braised goose with bok choy, bamboo, and mushrooms. Savory and chewy (but in a good way). It's combined with the goose innards, which provides a nice contrast to the meatier portions of the goose.
4. Cuttlefish. Sort of a letdown, a bit too chewy and dense for my tastes.
5. Salted vegatables with beef stomach. This dish takes some getting used to, but it is a nice savory dish. Not a favorite of mine, but others in our group really enjoyed it.
Couple of warnings if decide to try it out: Cash only and many of specials require a 1-day advance notice (incl. the aforementioned shark fins soup).
CHUEN HING RESTAURANT
8450 Garvey Ave, Rosemead