Just as 'Molten Chocolate Cake' was a featured menu item in most restaurants a few years back, Nowadays, almost all decent Chinese restaurants offer Giant Lobster dishes on their menu.
However, when it comes to preparing the 'Giant Beast' a number of ways in the same meal, O'Mei, Richmond Hill still dominates this unique landscape and is the 'go to' place for this treat.....UNTIL NOW!!!
This evening, my family of four had an impromptu dinner together by re-visiting the newly opened Yang's Chinese Seafood, Markham. ( An excellent Dim Sum luncheon at this place was posted a while back ).
Based on the classy decor and quiet ambiance created by the high ceiling, Yang's made an immediate first salvo direct hit when compare to the outdated and run-down decor of O'Mei. Another direct hit was scored by Yang's when we noticed the pricing of their Giant Lobster. At only $17 per pound, they were $7 less than the current whopping $24 per pound charged by O'Mei!! The KNOCK-OUT punch came, when the delicious food arrived accompanied by the 'BEST' dining service I have ever received from a Toronto Chinese restaurant!! Really friendly, attentive and professional. Kudos to the management and the wait staff!
Our Giant Lobster 3 ways consisted of:
- Fried Lobster Tail Nuggets with Salted Duck Egg Yolk Coating
- Stirred Fry Body and Claws with Maggi Sauce
- Steamed Egg Custard 'Charamushi' with Tomalley.
To augment the above, we ordered the House Special 'Sweet and Sour Pork Fresh Pineapple Boat' and 'Poached Baby Bok-Choy in Shan-Tong Broth with shredded Chinese Air-Dried Ham Topping'.
Quality and taste of the food was top-notch!
Hands down winner has to go to the Lobster Nuggets with Salted egg-yolk. IMO, multiple times tastier and more flavorful than the greasy, bland and overly priced 'Fisherman Lobster Club-House' version'. The stirred fry Maggi sauce version was slightly inferior to the hard-to-beat O Mei version. But when the same size lobster costs $35 less, I am not complaining! The delicious, porcelain smooth, light and silky egg custard leveled the playing field again. As good, if not better than O Mei's. It went great with rice. The 'Sweet & Sour Pork' was one of the best rendition in town. Super crunchy and glazed with the right amount of well-balanced sweet and tangy sauce. It was very authentic and a joy to eat. A range of complimentary, not overly sweet desserts were offered.
Overall meal came to $145 inclusive of tax. ( Compare to around $183 at O Mei!! )
With great tasting food, fine ambiance and decor, friendly, attentive service plus competitive pricing. Yang's no doubt has jumped ahead in the Richmond Hill/Markham Chinese fine dining scene and a 'candidate place' for good tasting Giant Lobster Multiple Ways!.