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As you walk past the fish tanks where live crabs, lobsters, eel, shrimp, and grouper huddle waiting for their turn to sizzle on the hot woks, the first thing you notice is the size of the tables. None are small—even a table for two is big enough to fit a considerable number of large platters. That's a clue to how the food arrives at Kam Chueh: family-style, on generous platters with multiple serving spoons. And most likely you'll see families, probably Chinese, sharing these substantial platters. That's usually a good sign at a Chinatown restaurant and Kam Cheuh is no exception. Though Kam Chueh serves the typical Chinese poultry, pork, and beef dishes, the seafood outshines them all. The more unusual the seafood, the better, such as frogs' legs, Dungeoness crab, eel, and razor clams—tender in their long shells and served in a thick black bean sauce. A bit more ordinary, but done expertly, are squid or jumbo shrimp, salted and tossed with chili peppers. The comforting seafood soup, with bits of chopped crab, scallops, and fish in an aromatic seafood broth, comes in a big bowl and is enough to fill six smaller bowls. Baby bok choy, sautéed in a light sauce with cloves of browned garlic, is a satisfyingly crunchy accompaniment to all that seafood.Recommended Dishes
Jumbo shrimps with salted pepper, $10.25; seafood soup, $8.50; clam casserole, $10.25; baby bok choy with garlic sauce, $9.25
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