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Hop Li (review)

Just Larry | Jun 24, 2003 11:36 PM

Had lunch today at the new Hop Li in Marina Del Rey at Mindanao and Lincoln. The are a seafood specialty Chinese restaurant. There are probably over 40 seafood entrees on the menu and they have live tanks with quite a variety of fish. I order the Flounder cooked 2 ways. The fillets were stir fried with onion, ginger, snow peas, and carrot. The bones were dipped in a batter and fried crispy. It would feed 4 people and cost $28.00. The fillets were perfectly cooked and the fish was sooooooooo fresh. The bones were at first a puzzle as I did not know if you are supposed to eat the bones or what. With some experimenting I figured out that when they fillet the fish, there is still some meat left between the bones. You put the piece of fish in your mouth and pull it, leaving the bones and getting the fish morsels with the breading. It is really quite excellent. They first served a cup of pretty tasty Hot Sour Soup with about 10 really big chunks of Tofu in it. The Tofu was really flavorful and made for a really good soup. The bones are really messy to eat but just like eating great ribs, so worth it. I am going to add this place to my regular route.

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