Monterey Park is the seafood capitol of LA. There might more “marisco” shacks in LA, but Monterey Park is the king of live seafood, available to you in 6 difference sauces, cooked 3 different ways, many involving MSG.

Let me count the purveyors of ocean’s bounties: Ocean Seafood, NYC Seafood, Capital Seafood, Seafood Village, Monterey Palace, LYL Seafood, MPV Seafood, Lucky City (no seafood in name, what the heck!?), Empress Harbor, and maybe some others. That’s about 10 seafood restaurants for a city of only 7.7 square miles and 67,000 people. Insane.

For New Years Eve, we stalked the ghettoist seafood restaurant on Garvey Ave. LYL Seafood scared us away with a below “C” score card, then I remember how the ‘rents raved about Seafood Village’s fried crab. While there was nary a non-Asian under Seafood Village’s ceiling, fear not, all of the most popular dishes are printed as large color posters and pasted on the wall. While some of the seafood piles look doubtful, if you stick to recognizable dishes, you’ll be in great shape.

House garlic crab

The most notable dish here is the “House of Hiding from The Wind” fried crab. Every table seems to have mounds of this lightly battered deep fried crab. The crabs are chopped into chunks after deep frying, then flash stir fried with copious garlic and green onions. It is, unlike lump crab cakes, quite difficult to eat, and requires mandibular activity beyond using the shell crackers, but the exercise results in small tasty morsels of fresh crab meat. Other popular items include various forms of seafood (clams, live fish, etc.) in hot pot, the tasty soy sauce duck, and house special chicken (akin to Hainan chicken). Remainder of the menu culls from Chiu Chow regional cuisine, and even includes a traditionally Vietnamese dish of “bo luc lac” (shaking beef), named “French style beef” here, as well as a offal-centric stewed duck tongue.
Service is curt but extremely efficient. Do not take offense to the waiters’ short attention span, do not ask for their favorite dishes, just know that the most popular dish happens to be only $5 per pound. Parking in the small lot, which plays host to both Seafood Village and the nearly Sam Woo BBQ, is more difficult than passing the first level of Frogger, so do not forget street parking during peak weekend hours.

There are now 2 other branches of Seafood Village, in Temple City, as well as Rowland Heights, but even residents of those cities still endure the snarky traffic to visit the original temple of seafood in Monterey Park.

Seafood Village
684 W Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 289-0088
Seafood Village on Urbanspoon

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  • We just went to Seafood Village for lunch yesterday!
    The food is delicious, even though they had a big red C on the door.
    We live closer to Temple City location, but always drive out to Montery Park, too!
    .-= Eileen´s last blog ..[Huntington Beach] [Mediterranean] Zimzala =-.

  • “House of Hiding from The Wind” crab looks like Typhoon Shelter crab or “Under Bridge” spicy crab to me. Based on the wack translation probably done by someone with mastery of Chinglish from Hong Kong, it’s the Typhoon Shelter crab 避風塘炒蟹.
    .-= BeefNoGuy´s last blog ..[台北] 許家黃金牛肉麵餃子館‏ – Hsu’s Golden Beef Noodle Soup and Dumpling House =-.

  • A thousand apologies in advance if you were the one who did the translating on purpose, and I missed the snarkasm for some reason :-o.

    But yes I’m amazed at the concentration of Cantonese seafood restaurants in MP. Even visiting 10 years ago there were quite a lot of choices, with competitive prices.
    .-= BeefNoGuy´s last blog ..[台北] 許家黃金牛肉麵餃子館‏ – Hsu’s Golden Beef Noodle Soup and Dumpling House =-.

  • I live near the Temple City location and thus I just go there :). Haven’t been to the one in Monterey Park or the new owners in Rowland Heights.

    The best part about the crab dish for me other than the fried crab are those bits of garlic and batter. So good on rice!

  • my family members love lyl seafood but i’m suprised they haven’t taken me to seafood village yet. i’ll have to suggest this when they ask me if i want to eat chinese, or chinese.

    frogger?! omfg.

  • TonyC

    Haha! BNGuy, so sorry my sad attempt at humor completely failed, but at least you got it, if no one else…

  • Thanks for practically hand-holding me here. When you go back can you holler? I want that crab.

  • TC, you fooled me there! For a split second my reaction was…damn someone from the restaurant or menu printing company screwed up, and I was looking up pictures of the menu online to see how they translated it. Kind of like the Fockin Fried Rice translation. But a better loose way is “Reservoir of Hiding from the Wind” 🙂
    .-= BeefNoGuy´s last blog ..[台北] 許家黃金牛肉麵餃子館‏ – Hsu’s Golden Beef Noodle Soup and Dumpling House =-.

  • I used to love Seafood Village for lunch but lately they’re portions have been on a smaller size, which means complaining at the table by hungry family members.

    I have met no fried crab as great as Seafood Village, though!
    .-= Evelina´s last blog ..Petrossian: Make Way for Benjamin Bailly =-.

  • Oh my gosh that sounds so awesome. Would love to be in your neck of the woods but we gots to import our seafood down here to Texas.

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  • Michael Holding

    I think if anyone who still not tasted the yummy sea food must visit the restaurant where it is been provided to get down the taste of sea food.Thanks for the post.
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