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Apr 1, 2008 06:21 PM

Good to be the king (chinese king crab)

I really enjoyed the post about the nbc seafood king crab fest but another poster correctly noted it was somewhat dated...anyone have some info on a place in chinatown or the SGV that has this delicacy? Not sure if it is seasonal or available. Also, other tips on what to order at a chinese seafood restaurant for dinner (noting most posts deal with dim sum) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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  1. I've seen them swimming in the tank at Full House Seafood in Chinatown periodically.

    Give them a call first.

    Full House Seafood
    963 N Hill St
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 617-8382

    4 Replies
    1. re: monku

      Monku, thanks, I'll check it out.

      1. re: jessejames

        Be ready to pay...probably $25/lb and they easily weigh in at 5 pounds.

        1. re: monku

          It's for a buddy's birthday so ready to spend some dough/we usually do up lobsters but trying something different...what else there do you like?

          1. re: jessejames

            I've never had the king crab there just dungeness crab which they do pretty well. Make sure you call to see if they have one before you go.
            Usual go to items are the spicy salt shrimp and Peking roast duck (served like Peking duck with the sliced skin and buns).

            Check out their menu

    2. Just about any HK-Cantonese seafood restaurant in SGV will offer it.

      Ocean Star, 888, Sea Harbour, etc.

      5 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        Thanks. What else do you get with the crab, cantonese fried rice? other seafoods? when non-dim sum time in evening.

        1. re: jessejames

          Nope, just the crab.

          Pay by the pound.

          They'll bring the crab out from the tank, let you inspect and to get your approval. Tell you the price per pound and then basically cook it up for your.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            tang cang, new port lobster might also have it.

            1. re: kevin

              Thanks for all for suggestions...we're going to get this done and report back...we new englanders are used to large lobsters but not enormous crab so should be a treat.

          2. re: jessejames

            I have had the king crab set dinner at a SF place. King crab done two ways (salt and pepper, steamed), and a curry rice served in the shell. Plus, peking duck, vegetable in clear broth, a cold platter, plus a couple of other dishes.

        2. i'd definitely get it in the SGV,
          i generally only go to full house after a late night of drinking around chinatown although it is decent.

          sea harbor seafood will do a good job, although they are on the pricier side... i'd call aheadto check prices...
          other seafood houses are MPV, 888, seafood village, ocean star, nbc, pretty much anywhere that serves dim sum,

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          1. re: modernist

            Thanks - sea harbour in rosemead right? anything else you recommend getting there?

            1. re: jessejames

              ...for dinner as I don't think they have dim sum then.

              1. re: jessejames

                Abalone, geoduck and lobster are all favorites of mine at Sea Harbour.

                Also, the salted giant prawns is an example of the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

                The shark fin soup (the real kind) is very good, but if you're opposed to eating shark fin, try the bitter melon sea turtle soup.

                  1. re: jessejames

                    No king crab but the dungeness crab and especially the house lobster at Newport Seafood in San Gabriel are both spectacular. Great place - the Vietnamese lobster sauce is orgasmic. In the same strip mall as Golden Deli.

                    1. re: Jeryy

                      Thanks all for your recommendations. Tried Sea Harbour and it was delish. 7 lb king crab cooked 2 ways (legs with garlic butter kinda sauce; body meat with little shell deep fried 'hong kong' style) -- both great. Service real nice and they did bring em out and show us before cooking. Also enjoyed the geoduck (sashimi and fried); abalone (each got a small one with some thicker kind of ginger soy; real fork tender); red rock cod (steamed and was incredible rich but clean tasting; cheapest item but one of best). Salty fried whole shrimps that were live before (meaty and flavorful little buggers); dried scallop fried rice; cantonese brocolli stem slices; pidgeon (mini shiny bird halves that were juicy and crispy and not gamey); deep fried lotus root dim sum (kind of like beignets with moist surprise in middle); bitter melon duck soup...the staff was very attentive showing us the whole plates as they came out then splitting em up into 7 ind'l plates for each of us. real helpful with selecting the fish and the preparation methods.

                      the king crab was the star of the show and it was so unlike the kind of king crab i've had before...somehow lighter and fluffier and tastier.

                      thanks for the chowhounds here. it was an awesome birthday party for my buddy. look forward to trying the full house and other spots above.

                      1. re: jessejames


                        glad you had a great meal, its probably one of the better ones you can have for this style of cooking in LA.

                        and thanks for writing it up.
                        i think you ordered pretty well!

                        1. re: modernist

                          thank you for the was really memorable like iron chef (i felt like a judge on the tasting panel as they brought out each dish one by one)...really looking forward to returning and trying the other spots noted by you and the other chow hounds!

                          1. re: jessejames

                            jj, great review and excellent ordering too. What was the cumulative damage, and how much of the total did the crab add?

                            1. re: Servorg

                              7 people, a million xing tao beers, crab (about 300), total about 1k with tips/tax...not cheap but a bday fiesta for the ages...