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Mothers Day Dim Sum at East Ocean Seafood in Alameda


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Mothers Day Dim Sum at East Ocean Seafood in Alameda

Melanie Wong | May 10, 2009 01:27 PM

For Mothers Day, East Ocean in Alameda added extra hours, serving dim sum from 9am to 2:30pm today. Our mom requested her brunch here, as she’s enjoyed it before. While I’ve had dinner here before, this was my first time for dim sum. When we arrived at 9:30am, the place was about half-full, and when we left before 11am, there were crowds out on the sidewalk and by the back entrance. Everything we had was above average to excellent, lots of variety, service is very good, and prices are more than fair. I can see why Mom likes it so much.

Photos with captions of everything we tried in this link.

Of these, I’ll highlight my three favorites from our brunch. The shrimp and Chinese chive dumplings were excellent with pan-seared wrappers so thin you can see through them. Some of our other choices were barely warm, but these were fresh out of the kitchen and piping hot. Unlike some versions, these had no starchy filler or binder, just sweet shrimp and fresh chives. I can’t think of a better one anywhere else.

My favorite was a plate of baked unagi on a bed of seaweed salad, served with hot mustard. A nice size serving, but admittedly I’d eyeballed the three plates on the cart and picked the one with the thickest filet and biggest portion. The eel was buttery soft, not too sweet or too salty. Priced as a "special", we held our breath to find out the cost on the bill. No need to be concerned, it was only $4.80 for the plate.

Also special was the Nai wong beng aka custard pancakes made with chewy rice flour. These are filled with golden custard and pan-fried. A bit greasier than Ton Kiang's version, but now that I know they’re here, I don’t need to go to TK anymore.

Total tab for 6 smalls, 9 mediums, 1 large, and 2 special plates was $75, including tax and tip, for five of us.

East Ocean Seafood
1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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