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Dim Sum at Ocean Restaurant on Clement

Limster | Aug 19, 200108:26 PM

Went to Ocean for a late dim sum today with an old pal from Singapore. I think we just devoured a month's RDA of lard. Boy it was good; if not a little heavy.

We had:

Good hot steaming roast pork buns

Average rice crepes filled with mushrooms and white chives - the crepes could have been a bit more delicate, but the mushrooms (large straw ones) had great crunchy texture.

Above average shrimp and chive dumplings - large and filled with lots of crunchy shrimp.

sweet fried sesame balls - could have been better - they were on the cold side.

Steamed pork ribs with a touch of black bean sauce - very tender and slick - and fatty.

Some of the best duck breast I've had this year - roasted with crispy skin intact with a layer of fat over a thick cut of truly tender and juicy meat. Definitely a "drop everything and get it" dish.

The "booby prize" was a plate of fried intestines - there was a lot of this stuff sliced into halves - crispy on the outside and mostly fat on the inside with a tiny bit of meat and a somewhat prominent pig flavor. Let's just say that the average guys in the street may not get into this. It was somewhat bland on its own, but quite good with the pile of sweet and tangy pickled turnip under the pile of intestines (old fashioned sweet acid cutting into rich fat).

In keeping with my bad habit of eating desserts at a second place, we had Marco Polo gelato at the nearby Sweet Delite. Still as rich and as intensely flavored as ever.

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