Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Hop Woo BBQ Seafood Restaurant - Alhambra
Apologies to my readers who check in every day for new posts. Still feeling a bit under the weather. :( Last week I received an email from a reader who said he and his fiancee read my blog every day. Every day! Really? Wow! He asked about Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley that served lobster or crab for 16 to 20 people for after their wedding rehearsal. (Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!) My first choice for lobster is Tan Cang Newport Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel. A lobster there runs about $75 and up. But the restaurant is rather small, is cash only, and doesn't take reservations. For a Friday night, it would have been a bit of a wait. So my second choice recommendation was Capital Seafood Chinese Restaurant in Monterey Park since the lobster I had at my cousin's wedding reception was mighty tasty. Hmm. (Let me know how it went for you guys, OK?) I know there's a lot of seafood restaurants around here but I haven't eaten at all of them yet so my recommendations are based upon what I've got pictures of or have blogged about. :P Anyway, so I was going to post a few of the family meals I had at two Chinese restaurants that featured crab on the menu.
For good crab deals, Hop Woo BBQ Seafood Restaurant in Alhambra usually features some kind of special that either gives you free crab, or crab for a penny, after purchasing four entrees. Right now the specials are a free lobster or squab? The specials rotate every few months or so. There's also 60 items on the lunch specials between $4.95 and $6.95. Check Hop Woo's website for coupons too.
Hop Woo is one of those "sooo SoCal" things that make living here so much fun for me. The owner, Lupe Le-Ning Liang, is a Chinese from Mexico. Cool right? The menu is written in English, Chinese, and Spanish. For Thanksgiving, they'll even cook your turkey with spices "Peking duck-style."
Anyway, so onto the food. These photos are from May. I don't believe in disturbing people while they're eating, so the photos were taken hurriedly before everyone reached for the food. This was a private room of about four tables so it was a set banquet menu and priced at $300 per table? For those of you planning weddings, I'm assuming this is probably a wedding banquet option but can't say for sure so ask. Anyway, where I can find it on the menu, I'll list the separate price for the entree. I think the pictures speak for themselves so minimal food descriptions. While nothing wowed me over, everything was good.
When we arrived, there was a small plate of chow mein noodles and peanuts at the table.
Along with a small plate of chicken and duck feet. These were cold so a bit chewy and not all that flavorful.
The cold cuts platter of octopus, jellyfish, seaweed, and head cheese. The house special platter is listed on the menu as $28. I loved the jellyfish and seaweed. The octopus was a tad too salty.
Scallops and vegetables are $11.95. Very good. Tender scallops. Sorry, it's been so long now that I can't recall much about each individual entree. Everything was good though!
Shrimp with walnuts in special sauce $13.95. One of my favorite dishes and very well-prepared.
Shark fin soup with shredded chicken $35.
These are abalone mushrooms with mustard greens. I couldn't find it on the menu but saw black mushrooms with mustard greens for $9.95.
The house special crab is a large platter and is market price.
A whole deep-fried crispy chicken is $16.95.
Steamed rock cod fish is also at market price.
I think this was Fu Zhou fried rice since there were scallops and Chinese broccoli stems. On the menu, I see dry scallops with crab meat and egg white fried rice for $11.95.
Dessert was mung beans with tapioca pearls.
Nothing extraordinary but solid preparation. Located in downtown Alhambra, across the street from the movie theater.
April 26, 2010 update: Hop Woo is now closed. A sign for Raymond's is now up and it says under new management.
Hop Woo BBQ Seafood Restaurant (Also locations in Chinatown and Santa Monica.)
1 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight
1 year ago today, Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove burned down. :(