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May Garden-Taiwanese Food

russkar Dec 23, 2006 11:01 PM

MAY GARDEN is a Chinese Restaurant near Newport Beach that by Special Request can make some very good Taiwanese Food.
I called the Chef(Eric) and ordered a Special Authentic Taiwanese Lunch for 12 last week and the food was amazing(3 day notice required for the menu below).


Shrimp Salad w/tempura, glazed walnuts, raisins, Ginger Dressing


Live Maine Lobster (House Special in French Cream Sauce)

Filet of Tenderloin w/peppers, onions, oyster sauce

Jumbo Shrimp Rangoon (stuffed with cream cheese)


Fresh Maine Scallops w/ aromatic sauce

Sesame Chicken

Whole Fried Fish

Very light Fried Rice w/bbq pork, Shrimp , Chicken

Fortune cookie

35- ea food only (unbelievable price)

May Garden Restaurant
1400 SE Bristol St
Santa Ana, CA 92707

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  1. Pei RE: russkar Dec 25, 2006 12:03 AM


    Do you know if the owners used to run Tsuru in Newport Beach? We were so depressed when that place closed down.

    I figure it's worth asking, since how many fancy Taiwanese places are there, and how many are in OC?

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    1. re: Pei
      ken RE: Pei Dec 25, 2006 01:41 PM

      Actually, Chef Eric used to own China Bistro in south Laguna. Good stuff.

      1. re: Pei
        applegirl RE: Pei Dec 26, 2006 11:31 PM

        yes, he used to manage Tsuru.

        1. re: applegirl
          Pei RE: applegirl Dec 27, 2006 03:42 PM

          Thank you so much! I'm so there.

      2. Mr Taster RE: russkar Dec 25, 2006 05:58 PM

        Where's the stinky tofu?

        Mr Taster

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        1. re: Mr Taster
          wilafur RE: Mr Taster Dec 25, 2006 06:08 PM

          or the oyster & rice noodle soup. lol

        2. elmomonster RE: russkar Dec 27, 2006 04:17 PM

          I love their Crispy Shrimp. Its so good it should be illegal.


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            quincyc RE: russkar Dec 27, 2006 06:45 PM

            The French cream sauce and the shrimp rangoon do not seem authentic to me. IMHO, dairy products have absolutely no place in Chinese cooking =).


            1. Mr Taster RE: russkar Dec 27, 2006 09:01 PM

              I think the key here is that the op referred to the lunch as being "special authentic Taiwanese". The food may be delicious, but there is no way in hell that this is representative a typical Taiwanese banquet!

              Mr Taster

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