Red Star Seafood Restaurant 鴻星

I’ve had these pictures for quite a while…probably a month or more. For that amount of time, it’s a miracle that Red Star is still operating.

Anyways, this is another dim sum post. As the visit was quite some time ago, I’ve since went again and so there will be pictures from both visits.

Red Star Seafood: blanched geoduck clam

Both visit we ordered this.  It’s blanched geoduck with another similar food item.  I have no idea what the English name of that other thing is but in Chinese it’s 桂花蚌.  I’m pondering whether or not to tell you exactly what that is…

But being a food blog, I will.  It’s the stomach of the sea cucumber.   Yes, we Chinese do eat some weird stuff…

But it was so good.  The geoduck was fresh and sweet, and crunchy.  The chili soy sauce for dipping added a great flavoring to it also.  The 桂花蚌 was excellent also.  Crunchy.  This dish is a bargain at $10.95.  My mom loves it.

Red Star Seafood: Steamed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste

Next was another staple in our dim sum outings – Steamed Fish Maw with Shrimp Paste.  I love this stuff, so does Mom.  Most places prepare this either this way or steamed with chicken.  The fish maw was great.  Some places are able to soak it enough in preparation so that it’s actually all fluffy.  But most of the time it is gooey.  I like it both ways.

So what is fish maw exactly?  It’s actually the gas bladder (no not that type of gas…) of certain types of fish.  Quite similar to the swim bladder for buoyancy I suppose.

Again, we Chinese eat almost any part of anything.  ALMOST.

Red Star Seafood: Deep-fried Shrimp Dumpling with consomme

The Deep-fried Shrimp Dumpling with consomme is offered at most places but not all.  Mom really likes this.  She was impressed at how light golden the color of the dumpling is, indicating that either they use fresh oil to fry this or a whole different batch of oil.  Certainly not “thousand-used oil”. Do you know what that term means???

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Anthony’s Restaurant at Squalicum Harbor

Welcome to the last part of our US Day Trip Trilogy.  After our short and sweet visits to Burger King and Auntie Anne’s, we wrapped up our trip with a visit to Anthony’s Restaurant.  It is located in Downtown Bellingham! (Yes, there’s such a thing!)  Honestly, I think that without a GPS, it would’ve been quite difficult to find.

Wendy told me that her aunt and uncle had always taken them to Anthony’s Homeport in Everett when she was small.  They have a “Sunset Dinner” set menu where between 4:30-6pm you can get a 4-course meal for $18.95.  Unfortunately we didn’t make it down there in time (you know ladies and their shopping…) so we couldn’t take advantage of that this time.

By the way, the shops at Downtown Bellingham were closed by the time we arrived.

Anthony's Restaurant

The parking lot was quite empty when we got there at about 7PM.  It was probably because it’s a Tuesday night and perhaps because America is going through the worse recession since the Great Depression.  We noticed that the outside area around the restaurant was very spacious and just comfortable to be in.  There was a light breeze and the dock was very close behind the restaurant.

Wendy found the little markings of crabs littered around the sidewalk leading up to the restaurant to be very cute.

The waiting lobby area.

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Negative Space 黑白香 – CLOSED

It was dinner with Fannypack again today.  As usual, I had to pick the place to go to.  Having passed by Negative Space Chinese Restaurant at Pacific Plaza one day on my way to Berry Good, I chose that place.

Negative Space Chinese Restaurant

It is located right at the corner of Odlin Crescent and McKim Way.  Despite how many pictures I’ve taken at restaurants and of restaurants, I still feel uncomfortable doing it when I know people can see me…which explains the bad quality of the picture above…I was in too much of a hurry.

Negative Space Chinese Restaurant

I must say they have a pretty small menu.  Later we found out that it’s not their real menu, and that the real one will come in about a week.  I’m not sure how long this place has been opened, but Fannypack told me that when she went in, the first thing they asked was how we knew of the place.  Later we noticed that almost half of the customers there were friends of the staff/owner.

Negative Space Chinese Restaurant: Cold Tofu

First up was the Cold Tofu.  I thought it was pretty good.  The sauce was flavorful enough to flavor the tofu.  This was about $5.

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The Crabpot @ Bellevue

The Crabpot restaurant was introduced to us a couple of years ago by a friend that frequented Washington state because the currency exchange rate was great (for us, Canadians) and diapers were cheaper across the border!  Wendy and I decided to try it again on our trip (one of many) to Washington.  This time, we did not venture into the heart of Seattle to the downtown location, but to Bellevue instead.  This location is also cheaper than the downtown Seattle one.

The Crabpot

It seems like Wendy made a great choice in coming to this location instead.  The decor is much more attractive than the downtown venue.

Their special is the Seafeast, which is basically a big pot of seafood dumped onto your table.  The variety of seafood depends on which “feast” you choose.  There are 4 to choose from.  We chose the 2nd least expensive one – “The Westport”.

The Crabpot: Sourdough Bread

The sour dough bread was alright.  I thoroughly enjoyed slathering the butter on the bun upon layers and layers….mmmm…..

The pot arrives………

The Crabpot: The Westport

First they lay a big piece of white paper across the table, and gives each of us a wooden board and mallet.  They also tie a bib on each of us.  When the pot’s ready, they dump the contents in front of you directly onto the paper-lined table.

The mess you see above has clams, mussels, snow crab, dungeness crab, corn, shrimp and even sausages!!!

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Seasons in the Park

We went out for a family dinner and the restaurant my mom chose was Seasons in the Park located in Queen Elizabeth Park (did you know that this park is actually situated on top of an extinct volcano??).  My mom heard that it has a beautiful view so we decided to go and see.

Indeed, it was a beautiful view from the top.  As we were on a hill, you have basically see the night view of Vancouver through their semi-panoramic windows.

We each had an appetizer to start.

Seasons in the Park: Steamed Clams & Mussels

Steamed Clams & Mussels
Thai red curry lemongrass broth, fresh cilantro $13

The broth was very tasty.  We sopped up all the remaining broth with the bread they gave us in the beginning.  The mussels were fat and juicy.

Seasons in the Park: Grilled Calamari Steak

Grilled Calamari Steak
warm Sicilian caponata, baby arugula $13

The calamari was very tender.  The balsamic vinegar and olive oil mix was excellent with the arugula.  I didn’t really like the mushroom filling inside the steak though as it was a bit too salty.

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