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One of my favorite Chinese restaurants when I first moved to Monterey Park 9 years ago is Seafood Village. It was "the" place people went for a slightly more upscale dining experience, and especially for one dish that they are known for and became their signature dish: Seafood Village Crab - a dungeness crab that is lightly battered and deep fried, chopped into pieces and is then flash friend with a generous amount of finely minced garlic, scallions, dried red chilis, salt and pepper. The sight and the smell of the crab will leave you salivating and desperate to bite into that meaty crustacean. Their crab became so popular that many restaurants would either offer a similar rendition of their crab on their menu, or, if requested, they would be more than happy to prepare a crab in the same fashion as Seafood Village.
It's been a long while since I had Seafood Village's famous crab, and an even longer time since I last had a nice sit down meal there. So, that leads us to this event posting where we will dine family style and order an array of dishes, including 1 or 2 of their famous crabs, to devour (totaling 9 dishes at the most). WARNING: In addition, we may even partake in a bowl of shark fins soup one last time before it becomes illegal in California to sell, possess and consume shark fins (depending on availability, cost and interest of attendees).
We will be dining "Family Style." The food bill will be split evenly among all attendees. Attendees will be responsible for paying for their own beverages. Please note that flexibility is an important part of family-style dining, and if you want to take a chance on attending, you have to be amenable to what the group will order. You don't have to eat everything that is ordered, but everyone pays equally, whether you eat everything or not. The goal for family-style dining is to allow for the entire group to sample as wide a variety of dishes as possible. If one or more attendees choose to order on their own, that limits the group's choices, which defeats the purpose of what Family-Style Dining is all about. If this definition of Family-Style Dining doesn't feel comfortable, this may not be the right type of event for you.
Aside from Seafood Village's famous crab, we may order the following:
- Shaking Beef/Bo Luc Lac
- Chiu Chow Style Shrimp
- Braised Spring Vegetable and Chiu Chow Style Pork
- Scrambled Eggs with Oysters
- Baked Squid in Spicy Salt & Pepper
- Chiu Chow Style Steamed Salty Lemon Fish
- Sauteed Scallops with Vegetables
- Chiu Chow Style Silver Fish with Sea Cucumber
- House Special Chiu Chow Style Chow Mein (aka Braised Yee Mein with Shrimp)
- Steamed Tapioca Balls Stuffed with a Sweet Filling (assorted flavors such taro, red bean, egg custard, etc.)
Yelp Reviewers give Seafood Village an average rating of 4.0 Stars out of 5, from over 200 reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/seafood-village-monterey-park?sort_by=date_desc
The average cost per person here is anticipated to be around $40 to $50, depending on what we order, any beverages, plus tax and gratuity. However, you may want to bring at least $80 in CASH to settle your portion of the bill.
Parking is available in their small lot. Street parking is also an option. Customers also park at the auto mechanic shop located east of Seafood Village as the business is closed on Sundays, and no one monitors the property. Nevertheless, parking at that location is at your own risk. We will meet in front of the restaurant about 5 to 10 minutes before our 5:00pm reservation time. I will email attendees my cell phone number the morning of the event so that you can call or text me should you arrive before I do, or are running late, or are lost.