Thanks to all who responded to my "What region to try next?" post! Will definitely check out Heavy Noodling. So we chose Newport Seafood, hoping to find some Chaozhou specialties.
Our attempts to uncover the regional dishes were about 50% successful, but everything was very well-prepared and tasty nonetheless. I tried to order the Vietnamese-style seafood soup mentioned in Carl Chu's book, but ended up with a regular Chinese hot and sour soup with shrimp in it, a very nice rendition though.
Then we had the Newport special crab, which is de rigueur -- every table has either the crab or the lobster -- in a wonderful Thai style garlic pepper sauce. Since it is a Chinese/Vietnamese place, we also had a very good beef loc lac, wide rice noodles with chicken, sauteed pea sprouts, and a steamed whole seabass. I liked how different flavors such as tamarind and satay sauce were incorporated into the more familiar Chinese seafood menu, with Vietnamese style fruit and boba drinks available too. At $20 a person for six courses, this place makes a nice chancge of pace from the typical Cantonese seafood places.
835 W. Las Tunas Dr.