Yes, it's true. Until last month, I'd never eaten at ABC Sea Food in Milpitas. Not even for dim sum.
Mom and I stopped here for dinner on a blazing hot day to get out of traffic. It was as cool and well-AC'd inside as I'd hoped. And the interior was as shiny and slick as can be, recently remodeled I was told. What I particularly liked is that big windows toward the back of the restaurant looked directly at the freeway on-ramp and I could monitor traffic in real time from the dining room to decide when to shove off again.
With just two of us, we picked a dish apiece plus some steamed rice. Mom ordered the "spicy fried long green beans" aka four season beans, $12. Not made with long beans but rather the more tender western variety, the beans were packed with flavor but didn't have the wrinkly skin and intensity from being cooked at high heat.
I opted for "live red shrimp with pumpkin and taro", $14, which turned out to be a big pot of fresh shrimp with heads and shells in a bland coconut-based sauce with starchy chunks of taro and kabocha. Quite underseasoned, we could coax out more flavor by adding some light soy sauce.
Perhaps the highlight of this meal was the pair of complimentary pastries presented with the check.
Portion size was quite ample and we took our leftovers home with us. We did polish off the beans later. But we never got around to eating the shrimp and kabocha, which probably tells us something.
ABC Sea Food Restaurant
782 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035