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O'Mei 'Giant Lobster 5 Ways' Chowmeet - A Brief Summary!

When unique Chinese dishes are being discussed on this board, O'Mei's one-of-a-kind 'Giant Lobster 5 ways' almost always got mentioned.Though popular and well known amongst regular Chinese patrons, this off-menu item has yet to be discovered by most western populous. Due to the intimidating size of the beast, it also require a group of people to devour the monster!

Tonight, a group of 24 die-hard foodies, braved the frigid weather and lousy traffic, descended on O'Mei for a pre-arranged 'Giant Lobster 5 ways' chowmeet. Between the two round tables, we shared a total of 36 pounds of the pre-historic monsters!

The meal consisted of:

- Steamed lobster claws with fried minced garlic, ginger & scallions on a bed of rice vermicelli

- Stirred fry lobster tails with premium top soy-Maggi sauce and shredded onions.

- Deep fried head and body with spiced chili garlic peppered salt.

- Steamed egg custard ( Chawamushi ) with tomale ( lobster brains )

- Fried rice with egg white, string beans, minced dried scallops and tomale.

- Braised E-Fu noodles with Chinese mushrooms, Tomale and lobster broth.

- House special Crispy skin free-run Chicken with special dipping sauce

- Authentic Cantonese sweet and sour pork.

- Stirred fry Chinese Broccoli ( Gai Lan ) with mince dried Tile fish and garlic

- An array of complimentary Chinese dessert that included: Chinese egg-white doughnut puff with red-bean filling, Fresh Mango Mochi, Red bean and black glutinous rice soup, mini Chinese sesame paste filled mochi ( Tong-Yuen ).

Due to the shear quantity of lobster involved, the kitchen actually came out with a rare 'Lobster 6 ways'!!

All dishes were competently executed with the majority of attendees pointing to the 'Maggi Stirred lobster tail dish' as their favorite! The deep fried version came a close second.

Overall, I think everyone was stuffed and had a great time!

Value and 'quantity of lobster' wise, I believe our meal beat the current Scaramouche's $62 Lobsterlicious 3 course dinner, hands down!!

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  1. I also loved the sweet and sour pork, but everything was rather delicious. Thanks for organizing, Charles! I may drive all the way to RH just for the pork!

    1. Wonderful meal! Thank you for organizing it. Look forward to future events.

      1. The tomale chawanmushi sounded fab! Wish I live in Toronto, Charles.

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        1. re: klyeoh

          I have been extending invitation to you and Fourseasons for years to pay us a visit! For sure skylineR33 and I will arrange a special treat for you both!!

          1. re: Charles Yu

            I guess FS (in-between his gourmet trips to Japan) and I will have to make concrete plans to come to Toronto soon. Sorry to have to miss you (again!) in HK this month. I'll be trying to picture the dishes and the fun you guys are going to have on the HK Chowmeet whilst I'm in New Delhi this time.

            1. re: klyeoh

              I won't mind exchanging some HK food for some of those yummy authentic Indian cuisine you will be enjoying!!

        2. It was all delicious but the lobster tails with Maggi sauce was really terrific - is it possible to order extra onions? Would return just for this dish.

          The steamed lobster claws were quite good as well - cooked perfectly so the tender meat easily pulled right out of the shell.

          Thanks so much for organizing, Charles!

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          1. re: Degustation

            Yes!! One can pick a smaller lobster and have them do it just the Maggi way!
            Hee! Hee!! You love the onions too?!! Foodies think alike!! That's exactly what my family do everytime we have lobster there!! Onions sauteed in Maggi sauce! An awesome combo!

          2. Adding my thanks too.
            Agree with everyone else on the top dishes (except I'll add the E-Fu noodles).

            1. it was indeed a lovely meal, with great company as well. the lobster dishes were all terrific -- the stir fried lobster tails were a highlight, as was the salt & pepper lobster. the lobster & egg custard had a lovely silken texture that would have made a fantastic meal in its own right -- a pity that i was too full to have more than a nibble!

              i also greatly appreciated the multi course desserts -- i'd never seen the egg white donut before, and that plus the mango mochi, black rice soup and sesame mochi really put the meal over the top.

              thanks again, charles, for organizing the outing!

              1. What was the per person cost?

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                1. re: T Long

                  $60, including tea, tax & tip. Cash bar for other drinks. ;-)

                2. Thanks for organizing, Charles.
                  Loved the lobster with Maggi sauce!

                  1. Yes, thank you Charles for organizing!

                    1. great report! hopefully i can meet you at a future chow related meet!

                      never thought to try the egg-white donut with the red bean filling at O-mei. i love these and looking for opinions on where there best ones are. i've had the ones from Asian Legend (decent) and Ding Tai Fung (not a fan, also as they use powdered sugar on top instead of granulated)...any suggestions?

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                      1. re: auberginegal

                        Chung King Garden in Market Village has these donuts. They were quite good fresh. Their Peking duck is supposed to be good too, but I didn't have a good experience with duck there.

                        1. re: jlunar

                          good to know. though my last meal of peking duck there left me unimpressed as well (it has been great before, but perhaps not consistent?), so i'm not sure i'd go all the way there just for the donuts.

                          1. re: auberginegal

                            My duck - the skin was nice enough, but the meat was tough and the pancakes were meh and the scallions and cukes were dried out (like they'd been sitting there forever).

                            So nope, probably won't go back! I have only started noticing these donuts on the menus, so will report back if I find a good place.

                      2. Great meal and I am glad the weather held off so I was able to join. Thanks to Charles for organizing and nice to meet everyone at my table.

                        The egg custard donut was pretty unique for me but also it was my first time having the e-fu noodles and very interesting texture/flavours on that. I had never had tomale before and it was great in the fried rice as well. Overall I wouldn't say there was a bad dish, just all gradients of "tasty".

                        The evening ended with some amusement and entertainment as well with the owner (?) singing some BeeGees for us. That was truly unexpected. Ha.

                        If Charles is still doing a 2nd sitting later in February I would highly recommend it to all who missed out this time.

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                        1. re: ylsf

                          Actually, a follow up. Was there another dish that came out that wasn't crisp chicken?? Like, another chicken dish. I thought I saw a dish out of the corner of my eye that was chicken that they kind of put down but maybe they took it away again? The skin looked almost like it had been steamed or something.

                          1. re: ylsf

                            Yes! but that 'cold' version was a bit blend and more suited to the Chinese palette so I requested the whole 'more savory' crispy chicken for the group instead.

                            1. re: Charles Yu

                              Ah okay.. Great.. Yeah, the crispy one was delish.. but, I thought I had maybe missed something after I was reflecting on the meal :)

                        2. Highlights for me were the lobster with maggi, chawanmushi and egg white donuts. Absolutely delicious. Many thanks to Charles for organizing and my fellow hounds for the great company. Attaching pix of the red bean soup and e-fu noodles to complete Charles' collection above.

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                          1. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND WORDS!!
                            Glad the weather was cooperating, the food was good, the company great and the end result a successful one!

                            Some of you were mentioning an encore: How about a ' BC Jumbo Spotted Prawns ' chowmeet at 'The Emperor' when the season arrives in a few months time?
                            To wet your appetite, a few proposed a la carte and/or off-menu dishes I have in mind:

                            - Sauteed Spotted Prawns with Maggi sauce a la O'Mei
                            - Fried jumbo BC Oysters with peppered Honey Glaze
                            - Peking Duck ( their version is currently best in town?! )
                            - Sauteed Angus Filet Mignon cubes with walnuts in Teriyaki

                            You can BYOB. Corkage I think I can negotiate to $5 or less and they use Riedel stem ware! ( they'll even give out 'Sommelier series' if you bring a Petrus! Ha! )

                            Hope to see you all soon!

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                            1. re: Charles Yu

                              I shouldn't have read this before eating lunch :) I will be anticipating your future clarion call :)

                                1. re: Charles Yu

                                  Count me in for the spot prawns + Peking Duck ;-) Chester Elegante has also recommended the pea shoots at O'Mei, so I'd like to try some of their pea shoots on my next visit.

                                    1. re: prima

                                      Pea Shoots can be 'temperamental'!! If not young and tender enough they could be tough, chewy and very fiber y.
                                      May be I'll add a Sauteed King Mushrooms with Pea Shoots with oyster sauce in our next gourmet adventure?!
                                      How come Chester Elegante hasn't been joining our chowmeets? Has he moved?!

                                        1. re: Charles Yu

                                          Sounds good, Charles. Hopefully, Chester Elegante will attend the next one. :-)

                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                        yes -- absolutely! that would be lots of fun!

                                        1. Wow great review! Looks great. Thinking it would be a great place to take my mother in law for her birthday. The chinese interpretation of Scaramouche lol!!

                                          btw...tomale is actually the lobster's liver. One of my favourite parts of the lobster. I hate going to seafood restaurants and people don't eat it....what a waste!

                                          1. Next time I'm in T.O., could we do this? Looks like HEAVEN.

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                                            1. re: buttertart

                                              Sure!! Its only a short drive from New Jersey to Toronto!!

                                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                                :) used to live there, went to UofT...time to get back!

                                              2. re: buttertart

                                                Come for a visit, buttertart! I had to miss this dinner, so would welcome another chance at it! :)

                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                  Buttertart, agree with TorontoJo!
                                                  2nd sitting will be on Thursday, 28th February, 2013.
                                                  For some unexplained reason, so far chowhounders expressing interests in attending are all ladies??!!

                                                    1. re: magic

                                                      and to think, all this time...


                                                      1. re: magic

                                                        That was before you e-mailed me with your reservation!! Sir!! Ha!!

                                                2. that looks great...i love that steamed egg custard, i havent had it in a while

                                                  i need to make it up there soon to go eat chinese food, alot closer than going to HK haha

                                                  1. Looks and sounds amazing, absolutely mouth watering!