I'm baaaaack. I just returned from a fabulous trip to the West Coast, visiting with family and friends and eating and exploring. And I have lots to share. But first things first... Where did I eat after landing in Los Angeles? Newport Tan Cang in Rowland Heights. Hello, flavorful Chinese seafood!

We started dinner with a huge, piping hot bowl of braided crab meat and fish maw soup, and then ordered more food than we could fit on our table's Lazy Susan:

  • Chicken lettuce wraps
  • Fried noodle with seafood and Chinese vegetables
  • Sauteed peasprouts
  • Shrimp with walnut
  • Newport special crab (OMG!!!)

The entire restaurant smells like the garlic and green scallion special sauce that the humongous Newport crabs (and lobsters) are baked in. And that's not a bad thing at all. There's a bit of heat to the special sauce, and there's some kind of magic trick they perform to get the thick, juicy pieces of crab meat infused with the flavor of the sauce. It miraculously penetrates the crab shell and makes its way into every string of crab meat. I tried to figure it out for a minute, but then I decided it was better left a mystery, and I should just eat it. Which I did. The Newport special crab was definitely the star.

The other dishes were very good, and I think I ate most of the sauteed peasprouts (although I promise I shared). The lettuce wraps and the seafood with fried noodles were tasty, and I especially liked the shrimp with walnuts. I don't think I've ever had walnuts with shrimp, but I enjoyed the combination very much. Of course all of this was served with steamy white rice and washed down with hot tea and Tsingtao beer.

The wait to get into the restaurant was long, but well worth it. I'm definitely going back for some Newport special lobster the next time I'm on the West Coast.

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