Lunch Q: Ocean City Restaurant

by Harlan Yee on November 20th, 2009

Ocean City Restaurant 001For today’s lunch, we are at Ocean City Restaurant in Seattle’s International District. Ocean City has one of the most decorated buildings in the area. It was recently remodeled and under new management. Ocean City is really two restaurants in one. When you head up the steps guarded by two lions, you have a choice of going left or right. If you go right, you’ll head into Ocean City’s main restaurant with a huge dining room featuring a full Chinese menu. At lunch time, they offer a dim sum buffet. The price is ok for the buffet but there are better places I’d rather go for dim sum. When we go to Ocean City, we usually take the door to the left which is their smaller restauant which offers a much smaller menu and serves noodle soups and lunch specials. The restaurant on the left also features BBQ items like roast duck and BBQ Pork. I would have to say that the Chinese BBQ Pork at Ocean City is the best I”ve had!

I usually get the beef stew braised noodles when I come here but with I was accompanied by 2 others that are new to the place so I strayed off my usual order for some larger dishes.

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One of the dishes they do very well with at Ocean City is the wonton soup. The wontons are tasty and the noodles are cooked al dente. The broth that comes with it is excellent. And for a cheap satisfying lunch, you can’t go wrong with the wonton noodle soup.


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Whatever you get at Ocean City, you must also get an order of the Chinese BBQ Pork. Like I said before, it is the best! It’s juicy, flavorful and has just the right amount of fat in it. They drizzle on a special soy sauce on top before it’s served.


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Next, we have the young chow fried rice. Now I’ve never really been a fan of fried rice in restaurants, my parents make the best in my opinion. This is their combination fried rice which has shrimp and BBQ pork pieces mixed in. As I expected, it is only ok. Not bad, but not great. But I’m kinda biased when it comes to fried rice.


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The last dish we have is beef chow fun cooked dry which means no gravy. There’s a version with gravy which usually has brocolli as part of the dish. I prefer the no gravy version. Here, the beef is well marinated and tender. Chow fun noodles are wide sticky noodles that have a soft texture to them. This is definitely a dish I’d recommend. And for some reason, the taste of this dish is pretty consistent between all the restaurants where I’ve ordered chow fun.


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Another great lunch at Ocean City Restaurant. This was one of the last lunches I had with videographer Mark Nazarino before he left for his new job. See the story here.

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