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Jan 23, 2010 09:39 AM

Best dinner dishes at Sea Harbour?

Heading to Sea Harbour in Rosemead tonight for the first time and could use some show-stoppingly stellar recommendations. For the record, I'm not going to eat Geoduck! (speaking of which how's the crispy duck?). Thanks for sharing your favorites.

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  1. It's simple, but they do good steamed fish.

    1. Abalone
      Fish maw soup with shark fin, or sea turtle soup with winter melon
      Sea cucumbers braised with conpoy and black fungus
      Twice cooked tofu with XO sauce
      Prawns, crab, lobster and fresh fish are always good, depending what's in the tank

      1. Tell 'em to pull something out of their live tank, and let the chef cook that critter however he wants.

        Abalone in any form, for sure. Braised sea cucumber. Shark's fin soup. Swallow's Nest (if you have the $$$$).

        Geoduck is awesome. In the past, I didn't think of eating it, until I tried it in its raw (sashimi) form - AKA mirugai. Now, it's a favorite.

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        1. re: J.L.

          Indeed, geoduck is awesome. Esp. living on the west coast, one should take advantage of our geographic location and really enjoy these clams. They have the richness of lobster, but the tenderness of scallops.

          By the way, J.L. do you know if the mirugai you've had were the siphon or mantle part of the goeduck?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Chinese restaurants: siphon mainly

            Japanese restaurants (mirugai): I've enjoyed both siphon and mantle, sashimi style.

            Were you in my upper division Invertebrate Morphology class at UCLA, ipse? I took that class just before graduation to learn how I can get every last bit of edibility out of a crab. An undergrad education really does enrich you if you take the time to enjoy it.

        2. Was there early this afternoon for dim sum brunch. One word: Sumptuous!!! The waitress delivered a white egg and coconut bun (without our ordering). I had to get another order of this to take home it was so amazing! Have fun EATING!

          1. abalone ($$$)
            crab (white or crystal, when available)
            crab & dried scallop fried rice (a must!)
            geoduck clam (fear not, it’s one of the best things on the menu)
            lobster (if it becomes a choice, go with the crab)
            pigeon (deep-fried)
            sea turtle soup
            steamed whole fish (sea bream $$$$, ocean trout $$, rock cod $)

            If you care to avoid surprise, be sure to inquire about the price per pound for any “critter” pulled from the live tank. Although sublime, the sea bream was $80/lb. White crab is about $35/lb., crystal crab about $30/lb. Indeed, all are worth it.

            bon appetit!