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Mar 15, 2014 08:08 AM

Lobster Cantonese Anywhere in the Area?

Coming in from 1,500 miles away for a couple of weeks and needing a good fix of Lobster Cantonese... (w/ground pork, rice wine, broth/stock, black beans, etc)

Looking for good, fresh, consistent...

Willing to drive an hour if there are exceptional don't miss suggestions, especially if the place offers other authentic Cantonese dishes.

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    1. Please be aware that this old school dish is not offered at many of our Hong Kong style seafood restaurants. Or if it is, not done well.

      Here's a recent report that sounds promising at an old school place in Chinatown.

      1. I can't comment specifically on this dish, but I saw an older silver haired couple enjoying a solid looking plate of shrimp in Cantonese style lobster sauce at Empress of China some months back. I would check their menu out as they might have what you're looking for. As a born 'n raised East Coast jew, I go often for a fix of nostalgia.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Market price - probably expensive but worthwhile for the dining room alone; especially if you score a tableside window with views over Coit Tower and out to the Bay. They mix a great lychee mai tai too, that packs a punch!

            I think I'm going to try the lobster the next time we go for dinner. We usually swing by around happy hour for cheap drinks, egg rolls and spareribs, but I'll give it a go and report back. I see that they also have a lobster with ginger and shallots - another old East Coast staple. I bet Empress does both very well!

            Every Cantonese dish I've ordered (chow mein, egg foo young, fried rice, bbq spareribs, wonton soup, egg rolls, shrimp with snow peas, Cantonese style rock cod, etc) has been very good... come to think of it, I think I may have had the shrimp in lobster sauce before and remember it being a winner!

            I think one of the reasons that Empress gets such a bad wrap (apart from the maroons who complain on yelp about the old decor!) is that folks tend to order Szechuan style dishes here and they don't turn out well. Empress is one of the few Cantonese style restaurants in Chinatown, and they do those dishes justice. People need to order with that in mind; though I wonder if locals generally don't appreciate that style of Chinese and consider it outdated?

            1. re: OliverB

              You've inspired me to book a table for next Wed. evening, lobster Cantonese is the order of business!