So had the jones for HK style Chinese yesterday after church... Good thing this young Korean is married to a friendly and flexible haole girl... :)... is that un-PC enough for you? :) Anyways, convinced the wonderful wife that we just had to go have crawly things in Monterey Park and that the young'uns would like it too. We even brought another family with us... who had never been to the Chinese food heaven that is Monterey Park.
Went to NBC Seafood on Atlantic, between the 60 and 10 freeways. Got there REALLY EARLY... not my idea, my wife's family is from Iowa, and those farmers like to eat early! I prefer the 8pm or 9pm dinner reservation... as do all civilized people :)... can you tell what we argue about?
What we ate:
LIVE KING CRAB - Eight pounder... yes, EIGHT POUNDS. Yes it was expensive, yes it was worth it, yes it was SO GOOD that we felt bad that we didn't get the 10 pounder. Prepared two ways. Steamed legs in a ginger and scallion sauce. AMAZING. Body sauteed in their black bean sauce. Also amazing. Live King Crab is truly an amazing culinary experience. Everyone should do it all the time.
Peking Duck "Two Ways" - Classic Peking Duck and also chopped with lettuce wrap. Very good. I really like the duck at NBC. GREAT skin.
Steamed Whole Fish - Red Cod. Very good. Very fresh. Very tasty... I like the cheek. White people were a bit grossed out when one of us ate the eye...
Whole Lobster - Steamed in a black pepper and chili sauce. Again, very fresh, excellent. Just got a baby one though... 3 pounder. Not bad at $10 per pound.
Other dishes included Lemon Chicken (kids like it) which was quite good, cubed Filet Mignon in a black pepper sauce (also for kids) which was WAY better than I thought it would be and quite good, and chicken chow mein (I know, I know... but the 4 and 5 year old LOVES noodles).
I feel like there was one other dish that I forgot, but honestly I keep thinking about the live King Crab. It's good to be King. It was really that good.
Of course all the seafood (King Crab, Lobster, Fish) was shown to us alive and kicking prior to preparation.
Total bill for 8 people (2 kids) was just under 3 bills. Includes beer, sodas, etc... The King Crab was just under $19 per pound, so it was by far the biggest portion of the tab, and well worth it. Everyone walked away stuffed.
Now we must do the "Pepsi Challenge" against China Garden in Irvine.