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SEA: Best Chinese Seafood?

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Ligament Dec 29, 2007 02:56 PM

Looking specifically for the best Chinese seafood places in and around Seattle. I'm open to all regional Chinese cuisines. Thanks!

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    kirkj RE: Ligament Dec 29, 2007 03:17 PM

    Yea's Wok for Clams both Black Beans and Basil are great. Kung Pao Calamari(not the squid) is very good.

    For Szechuan Crab, Seven Peppers and Szechuan Che are great.

    Szechuan Cuisine (both Seattle & Redmond) makes a very good Kung Pao Fish.

    I haven't found any that does a great job on all seafoods. I'd love to find a Cantonese restaurant that does a good Fish with Corn Sauce.

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      HungWeiLo RE: kirkj Dec 29, 2007 11:51 PM

      I've had "fish with corn sauce" at Cafe Ori and Purple Dot and they're OK.

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        barleywino RE: kirkj Jan 7, 2008 07:16 PM

        Fish with corn sauce also at Sea Garden, it seemed ok (but i'm not an expert on this dish).

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          HungWeiLo RE: barleywino Jan 8, 2008 10:47 AM

          No need to be an expert - it's like the Mac n Cheese of Chinese food.

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            barleywino RE: HungWeiLo Jan 8, 2008 11:38 AM

            i did like the light cornstarch (or water chestnut?) batter that they used for the fish, reminded me of NY Noodletown's salt and pepper flounder

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        AlbertaHound RE: Ligament Dec 29, 2007 04:09 PM

        Seven Stars Pepper and Szechuan Chef. People like to say SC is better because the chef left SS, but I prefer Seven Stars. Both excellent though.

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          PAO RE: Ligament Dec 30, 2007 07:27 AM

          Sea Garden in the ID has very fresh shrimp, oysters, and clams. I'm still looking for a deep fried fish with sweet and sour sauce that is as good as or better than one I had in Vancouver many years ago. Alas, have not yet found it. If anyone has ideas, let me know.

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            equinoise RE: PAO Apr 18, 2008 02:08 PM

            Very much enjoyed the crab with black bean sauce and salt and pepper scallops last night at Sea Garden. The crab cost about $35 (@ $15/lb), and seemed like an honest weight. The sauce was succulent and well-balanced between thickening starch and oil. The scallops were topped with an striking salty and hot relish with red and green chilies and scallions, really a great contrast to the lightly battered bivalves.

            For me, in the scheme of chinese dungeness preperations, I think Szechuan Chef's szechuan crab beats out the black bean sauce version here, but the latter is very good. I've also really enjoyed ginger versions at SC and at Cantonese places in NYC. Still want to get the dry curry and/or black pepper crabs at Malay Satay.

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            lisaf RE: Ligament Dec 30, 2007 04:54 PM

            I have to second Szechuan Chef in Bellevue. Not much in atmosphere in a strip mall, but very tasty food and quite inexpensive for what you get. They make a great szechuan prawns and crab. Also hot pot.

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              landguy RE: lisaf Dec 31, 2007 02:41 PM

              This is the only Chinese restaurant in the Seattle area that we like so far. Besides the crab I'm curious what other seafood dishes served here fellow hounders would recommend that are just as good as the szechuan crab.

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                lisaf RE: landguy Jan 20, 2008 11:42 AM

                Although not spicy, we like the honey walnut prawns. Personally my family favors chicken and vegetarian dishes over seafood, so I've only tried the szechuan prawns, and the honey walnut prawns thus far.

                Our absolute favorite dish there is the eggplant is spicy garlic sauce.

            2. soypower RE: Ligament Dec 31, 2007 07:12 AM

              tnt seafood - shoreline
              noble court - bellevue
              shanghai cafe/garden - bellevue/seattle (seafood barley green noodles and salt & pepper squid)
              seven star restaurant - mercer island (crispy pan fried noodles w/ seafood)

              also, not seafood, but finally tried it and absolutely loved it:

              wonton city - bellevue (the best wonton noodle soup i've had in a LONG time)

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                paulj RE: soypower Jan 4, 2008 08:03 AM

                The original Shoreline location for T&T (across from Fredies) is demolished. They are now located in the 99Ranch mall a bit further north.

              2. knowspicker RE: Ligament Dec 31, 2007 12:25 PM

                Shanghai Garden is very good. Try the hand shaven barley green noodles.

                My current favorite is Szechuan 99 in Lynnwood. They make their own tofu so if you care a tofu fan try something like fish with bean curd or sliced chicken or beef with bean curd. Any of the items marked as chef's specialties are worth trying.

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                  Ligament RE: knowspicker Dec 31, 2007 01:49 PM

                  knowspicker I'm looking specifically for seafood places...

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                    clearskies0810 RE: Ligament Jan 2, 2008 11:43 AM

                    New Star Seafood Restaurant in the ID.

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                  doramicat RE: Ligament Jan 3, 2008 08:04 PM

                  How do you feel about driving two hours north to Vancouver?
                  It's just not happening in this area. Flame me all you want, peoples. it's true.

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                    Ligament RE: doramicat Jan 3, 2008 10:42 PM

                    jesus, I KNOW the chinese food is better in Vancouver. I'm looking for the best options in or very nearby SEATTLE.

                    Hey, the food in Hong Kong is better than Vancouver. Why don't you recommend I fly there for dinner?

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                      HungWeiLo RE: Ligament Jan 4, 2008 12:25 AM

                      That's actually now a somewhat debatable point. There are a growing number of people claiming that Vancouver (and/or Toronto) actually has better Chinese food than in Hong Kong. Their theory goes that all the good chefs had emigrated to Vancouver prior to Hong Kong's handover back to mainland China, and a good number of them had decided to stay permanently.

                      I had not visited Hong Kong in over 10 years, but have just recently returned. I felt that a lot of the food is now very different, and not in a good way. A lot of stuff felt very rushed together and very fast-food. From what I hear, a lot of dim sum houses just now source their dim sum pre-fabbed in some large factory which serves hundreds of dim sum houses in Hong Kong. I definitely see a large cultural shift in the importance of food preparation within families. Many families in Hong Kong don't even own a rice cooker anymore (that's equivalent to American families living without a range/stove). They would opt to eat out in fast food-style cafeterias (stuff like Purple Dot in the ID) instead of cooking because it's cheaper and faster. That's understandable, considering many white collar workers there can work over 12 hours a day. Throughout most of history, Cantonese people have been known to spend a third of their income and a third of their waking hours eating. It looks like that's starting to change.

                      I also hear this sentiment from my coworkers in India. People are just too busy making money to really care about food anymore. It's really just something to "get over with" before going on to make more money. So the essential ingredients are "quick and fast". It's really sometimes just one step above microwave food.

                      Or maybe I'm just getting old and not appreciating all their newfangled food...

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                        bourbongal RE: HungWeiLo Apr 20, 2008 01:08 PM

                        This post reminded me of visiting Toronto with a grad school friend who had just emigrated from Beijing. We had dinner in a great Chinese restaurant there and my friend proclaimed the food much better in Toronto. Her theory was that China lacked the right infrastructure to deliver such fresh meat and produce to urban restaurants and that, of course, it was the quality of the ingredients that made the difference.

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                      soypower RE: doramicat Jan 4, 2008 05:34 AM

                      allow me to rant for a moment:

                      i'm constantly amazed by people on this board (Pac NW) who think an appropriate answer to a request for a recommendation in Seattle is 'drive to vancouver' or 'fly to los angeles'. i'm all about going out of my way for good food, but geez, is that kind of answer really helpful or does it add anything to this board at all?

                      when i get a hankering for chinese seafood, should i just quell the craving and save it for when i have 4-5 hours to make a round trip vancouver? or can i hope that some good-hearted chowhound will trust that a trip to vancouver is not feasible at the moment and just give me the name of a 'best in seattle' restaurant, realizing that if i had the time to make it to vancouver or portland or los angeles, i would have worded my post entirely differently...

                      okay, end of rant. as you were. :o)

                      btw, i think i forgot to mention top gun seafood in bellevue

                      http://www.coffee.net/seattle/bellevu...

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                        kirkj RE: soypower Jan 4, 2008 09:12 AM

                        AMEN

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                          equinoise RE: kirkj Jan 4, 2008 01:42 PM

                          I am mildly sympathetic to those who frequently invoke the BC caveat when responding to queries on Seattle chinese food. I had always been highly suspect of those who exalted BC while denigrating Seattle - how much better could it really be, I thought? However, after a visit to Richmond, I realized that it really is a different game up there...a truly world class gastronomic mecca. Once one gains that perspective, it can be difficult to recommend local places that don't reach that level...at least without mentioning it. Also, for some chinese food fans who use this board in planning a Pacific NW trip, venturing up to Richmond is quite feasible. This makes it even more tempting to invoke the BC option in connection with Seattle-based tips.

                          That being said, I agree wholeheartedly that offering a cavalier "just go to BC" opinion in response to a Seattle query is utterly useless. I also maintain that Seattle has some strong Chinese, particularly Sichuan and Taiwanese.

                          For chinese seafood reccomendations, the OP has got some great tips listed above, and I concur with each of those that I have tried. Several years ago, I used to deliver food from several restaurants including Ho Ho Seafood, which always impressed me. Don't know if its still got it.

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