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Lobster in Chinatown

TOfoodie Dec 1, 2006 02:24 PM

Any suggestions for good and reasonably priced lobster in Chinatown? Have to stress no MSG on this one too. Thanks!

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  1. xtal RE: TOfoodie Dec 1, 2006 02:47 PM

    I've had excellent lobster in black bean sauce at Hua Sang, which is on Baldwin St.

    1. TOfoodie RE: TOfoodie Dec 1, 2006 02:50 PM

      How is the rest of the food there? Any other recos?

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        eco987 RE: TOfoodie Dec 1, 2006 04:08 PM

        I think you mean Wah Sing.

        That would have been my reco too. The lobster is 2 for price of 1 and cost in the twenties. My fave is with ginger and scallions. They also do crab the same way (though no "deal" going price wise) but since they coat the meat in the cooking process, the crab gets most of the coating on the shell whereas the lobster's is on the meat.

        There's also a REALLY good chicken in a sizzling pot. I don't know the english name for it but ask about a "jer jer chicken pot" the staff will know what you mean.

        The also have a good shanghai noodle stirfry.

        I really like their snails in black bean sauce but it's an awful lot of work for a little piece of meat (don't eat the dark tail area).

        I heard that their deep-fried squid is REALLY good, but when I went it was only okay (the people that reco-ed it also went and said it was better the time before).

        I also like their salt water watercress. Ask for no or less oil, it really is a refreshing dish to cut the heaviness of the other dishes.

        Also, their crystal sauce is good (normally called some veg stir fried with some seafood/beef), but don't get it with scallops, not that fresh. Try shrimp.

        I've also seen lots of people get beef in a sizzling plate...looked good.

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          TOfoodie RE: eco987 Dec 1, 2006 04:34 PM

          I don't know if I can wait till dinner...Yummy! Thanks for the write up eco987. is Wah Sing upstairs or downstairs?

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            xtal RE: eco987 Dec 1, 2006 05:35 PM

            Nope, I meant Hua Sang.

            I actually prefer Hua Sang (downstairs of Eating Garden) to Wah Sing.

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              Teep RE: eco987 Dec 2, 2006 05:20 AM

              "Jer jer chicken pot" is a direct translation of the Chinese. "Jer jer" is an imitation of the sizzling sound. So the correct English name would be Sizzling Chicken Hotpot.

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                Blueicus RE: Teep Jul 18, 2007 03:24 PM

                I apologize in advance for mentioning this, but "jer jer" reminds me of a Cantonese euphemism I'd rather not elaborate on.

                Oh, and where's Wah Sing?

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              eco987 RE: TOfoodie Dec 1, 2006 04:39 PM

              Ground floor, next to a chiropractic office.

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                TOfoodie RE: eco987 Dec 1, 2006 04:46 PM

                Thanks again!

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                ctl98 RE: TOfoodie Dec 2, 2006 01:13 PM

                I second the Hua Sang recommendation. I like the lobster with ginger and onion there. Very, very good!

                1. TOfoodie RE: TOfoodie Dec 6, 2006 08:18 PM

                  Thanks for the recos everyone - dinner was delish at Hua Sang on Friday night. I'll have to go again soon!

                  1. TOchowgal RE: TOfoodie Jan 26, 2007 06:01 PM

                    I second Wah Sing. Its the best deal for your money and its really good.

                    Everything else there is ok but the 2 for 1 lobster deal is the best.

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                      s0memale RE: TOchowgal Jul 10, 2007 04:05 PM

                      Anyone have any recent trips to Wah Sing and can comment on the lobster there?
                      Planning on heading to chinatown tomorrow and I definitely want to get some lobster. Any other recommendations?

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                        s0memale RE: s0memale Jul 18, 2007 06:17 PM

                        I ended up going to Wah Sing last week and was very dissapointed. The lobster didnt seem to be fresh at all.

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                      sugar_addict RE: TOfoodie Jul 18, 2007 01:58 PM

                      I'm pretty sure that Hua Sang and Wah Sing share a kitchen and are run by two brothers. I've been to both and the food is exactly the same, they have the same 2-for-1 lobster deal. They're also my favourite lobster places. I also enjoy the seafood soup (hotsauce addition necessary), the hot pots and the rice noodles.

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