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Dec 29, 2007 02:56 PM

SEA: Best Chinese Seafood?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: kirkj

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

      1. re: kirkj

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

        1. re: barleywino

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

          1. re: HungWeiLo

            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

      2. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: PAO

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: lisaf

              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.

              1. re: landguy

                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.

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