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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Piglet in Kitty Cat's Clothing

When I was in Xiamen, we visited a popular seafood restaurant favored by locals called Lotus Garden Fried Crab Restaurant (蓮花公園煎蟹).
Here is what we ordered, in no particular order, oyster pancake (蚵仔煎), the Xiamen version of this Fujianese dish is quite different from its Taiwanese cousin. The batter is virtually all egg, instead of a mixture of egg and tapioca starch, and it is topped with a ton of oysters, rather than a few oysters and A veggies as in the Taiwanese version... Oh the sauteed bitter melon was terrific too, had a slightly sweet after taste, very palate refreshing...
Sauteed A veggies and a type of very very soft fish... the texture is almost like a plush toy fish. As you can see, I wasted no time diggin' in...
Steamed live scallops... pretty much the same style as all steamed live scallops in every Chinese restaurant, topped with some vermicilli noodles and spring onions and drizzled with a light soy sauce.
Sauteed sea watermelon seeds... oh this was so good. The sea water melon seeds in Xiamen taste more like mini oysters mussels rather than mini clams like sea watermelon seeds in Shanghai... here the main flavor ingredient is sauteed garlic which made the dish so fragrant... I am drooling as I write...
Now, here is the star of the evening, fried crabs. These are salt water crabs, the meat is not salty at all, rather slightly sweet... mmmmmm.
Jaws, look at those teeth... actually these fish were itty bitty, maybe four or five inches long.
Razor so dish, def not as good as the Shanghainese version my aunt cooked for me.
Afteramth. Btw, we also ordered gali (similar to manilla clams), and another green leafy dish... for a total of 11 dishes for three, and I ate like 70% :P Yeah, it's pretty obvious which plate is mine, and that's after the cleaning lady had cleaned up once! How did I eat so much? As I was chowing down clams and oysters and crabs, I pondered, am I a piglet in kitty cat's clothing? am I oink oink or meow meow? Identity crisis :P
As our delicious 11 course, $60 meal came to an end, the restaurant employees began their dinner...
Leaving the restaurant, good bye Lotus Fried Crab.