This past week my cholesterol count has definitely shot thru the roof. Here are 3 places we tried with delicious crab dishes:
1) Tin's Teahouse, Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek - Salt & Pepper crab, similar to R&G Lounge, but only the legs were done this way, while the meat from the body was separated and stir fried in egg whites. Very well done. As this was part of a banquet hosted by a friend, I don't know the price. The meal was quite good, and service was excellent.
2) Hong Kong City Seafood, 1425 Park St., Alameda - We have only just discovered this block in Alameda which has several Chinese/Asian restaurants. We tried this one on Friday night because they had a sign offering crab any style for $9.95. We asked for the basic ginger & scallion stir fry, which really showed off the freshness of the crab. In addition, we ordered 3 dishes for $15 (salt & pepper chicken wings, bok choy stirfry and rock cod slices with peppers & onions). This place has been around for over 10 years and is very easy to get to from Oakland Airport by way of Doolittle. They also have set menus starting at $28.
3) Last night, we waited over 45 minutes for a table at Great China, on Kittredge in Berkeley. I had reserved a Peking duck, ($26.95) which was indeed very good. Three of us polished the whole thing off. They have a crabmeat dish that is an entire plate of crab stirfried with egg whites, brought to the table with a raw egg on top and a ginger, scallion and light soy/sesame oil sauce that are mixed into the dish. Then you are given 4 steamed round buns (we asked for 2 extra), which you split open and stuff with the crabmeat. We were in crab heaven. It was a generous sized dish for $18.95. We also got the large pea shoots, braised pork belly with preserved veg (kau yuk), and pan touched tofu. The tofu was nowhere near as good as the one from Lily's House. The pork belly was tasty, as were the pea shoots.