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Dim sum lunch at China Max (San Diego)

Gypsy Jan | Sep 18, 200512:04 PM

Last Friday, finished up with the computer intensive care ward at CompUSA and both the Grouchy Gourmet and I realized that we were famished! I was able to get him to agree to try China Max because, A)It was nearby and, B)It was nearby.

We arrived 11:40 am, parking was easy and we had our pick of tables in the attractive, sunny and surprisingly cozy interior. Tables were set with tablecloths, fresh flowers and chopsticks.

We were given three menus, one of which was a dim sum picture list. The GG left for the bathroom, telling me to order for him. (Did I mention that he was famished?)

I ordered from the dim sum menu only, figuring that it would be fast, and it was. The order was taken and drinks delivered before he returned.

In the five-ten minutes that it took for us to get sorted, the parking lot and the restaurant filled up and the lobby was filled with people waiting. Timing is everything!

Our food arrived in a flash. Beautiful to look at, blazingly hot, we had pork shu mai, shrimp har gow, shrimp and spinach dumplings and, the best, the most amazing baby squid and steamed spare ribs w/black beans.

The baby squid was enrobed in a crispy, crackly covering and drenched in a sauce with garlic and red and green chiles. The texture was chewy and crunchy and the flavor exploded in your mouth. I moaned a little and told myself not to lick my plate.

The steamed spareribs were another revelation. Soft, chewy, gristly, fatty and earthy. Fabulous and impossible to eat without using your fingers.

We were stuffed and had plenty of squid and ribs to take home for another meal. (I licked the plate later.)

$32.00 for lunch and the looks on the faces of the people waiting for a table, priceless.

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