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Hop Li on Pico by Westside Pavilion

Mike Z. | Aug 21, 200511:44 PM

First time there - very good, not transcendent, but I will certainly be back.

Deep fried soft-shell crabs were very good, if a touch greasy. A nice savoriness to the batter, and the flavor of the crab meat stood up really well to it. Fairly large plate - probably three crabs sectioned and fried.

Clams in black bean sauce was very good as well. The sauce was not as salty as I have had other places, and the clams themselves had a meaty richness that made it into the broth. If I wasn't so full of crab, I would have eaten a lot more rice with the sauce.

Steamed chicken dumplings were disapointing - filling was fine, but the skins were more of a gyoza thickness, but kind of tough. As though the dough didn't really rise at all.

I'll return with a larger party and try some more corners of the menu. there is stir-fried mussels with ginger that was enticing. I also saw a couple plates of fried rice go by, and though I am not usually a fan, it smelled very good.


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