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Mar 25, 2010 10:07 AM

salt baked squid

i've just been hit with that craving. i havent had it in a long time (a couple years now). Is Lee How Fook still the champ when it comes to the salt baked goodness? Please let me know

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  1. I've always preferred the salt baked seafood at Shiao Lan Kung, but I haven't had it in quite a while, so I'm not speaking from recent experience.

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    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

      shiao lan kung still has the top salt baked billing for me (had it most recently a month ago). you should also tried their soft shell crab (i think it is actually on the menu now). heaven on a plate.

      1. re: mazza3

        Nam Phuong also has salt baked soft shell crabs, but since those are seasonal how do restaurants offer it year-round? What kind of crab do you think they are using? Can't be blue crabs, right?

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Most places use frozen soft shell crabs (some even do that in season). Anastasio's Seafood at 9th and Washington told me they are flash frozen (cooked? live? I didn't ask) and are as good as fresh. They have them year round I believe for retail purchase (It was in season, so I declined to try them)

          1. re: Bigley9

            bigley nailed it....i worked in a fish market for 4 years when i was younger and there is no shame in eating frozen soft shells (probably not maryland blue shells). if you are trying to eat locally, well, that will then be an issue.

    2. I have not had it at Lee How Fook, but I do like it right next door at Vietnam.

      1. I recommend the salt baked squid at Tai Lake.

        1. i've always prefered the salt and pepper squid at david's mah lai wah.

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          1. re: purplesachi

            This is usually my go-to spot when it comes to Chinatown, usually b/c i go down during the late night/early morning hrs. I always thought their SBS was pretty good (more like batter fried) but not outstanding. Sang Kee was the place that got me on to it, and I hold them pretty high too, most likely on the sole fact that they got me hooked. I need to try Shiao Lan Kung. I've only been there once and was turned off due to the long wait and somewhat dirty interior.

            1. re: paychecktoday

              david's mai lai wah's salt-baked seafood usually tends to be my favorite (though i usually go for shrimp rather than squid - will have to try squid next time!). was not a fan of tai lake's, LHF's was so-so, and i haven't been to shiao lan kung. gonna have to head there next!

          2. Another vote for Shiao Lan Kung