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Ocean Seafood Chinatown

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Ocean Seafood Chinatown

Shane | Mar 22, 2004 02:45 AM

I've been to Ocean Seafood in Chinatown a few times for dim sum...one time actually the best thing I ate was the sauteed pea sprouts with garlic. I've had that dish in so many restaurants and they just DID IT RIGHT...it doesn't look like much but oh wow when it's good...
BUT the last time I went for dinner, which was a first for me. We ordered chinese brocolli sauteed with chinese wine and fukien mein. NOW here's the thing...they don't have fukien mein on the menu. It is listed as fukien fried rice I believe. But this is a trick that I learned from my mom (she's an amazing cook and our ethnicity is Chinese). She tried this dish at a restaurant in Stockton (N. Cal) and when she tasted it, she thought it would taste better over noodles, so she asked them to make it that way...it has since then become a menu item at that restaurant (China Palace in Stockton). I've always craved that dish and haven't found it here until now. It's chopped scallops, shrimp, chinese mushrooms, chinese brocolli, and at Ocean Seafood, they put chopped bbq roast duck which adds such a phenomenal flavor to the dish. It's in a sort of "gravy", and we asked them to put it over Yee Mein which is sort of a thinner wavy noodle (uneven kind of quality makes it look almost handmade). The waiter initially told us it was not possible, but I made him ask the chef. I was determined to satisfy this craving. It was SOOOOO GOOD. We were silent throughout our meal it was so tasty. And the brocolli came out looking like they had forgotten to put the wine sauce on it, but upon biting into it, the subtle explosion of flavor (weird description, eh?), I knew they hadn't forgotten it...it's not a taste of alcohol, just a taste of "i don't know how on earth they got this vegetable to taste like this". It's subtle, and incredible.

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