Monday, November 18, 2013

Our second choice for seafood is no slouch

Shrimp Soong at Lotus Cafe in Hackensack.

By Victor E. Sasson

We planned to have dinner at Seafood Gourmet, the popular fish market-restaurant in Maywood, but couldn't get a reservation before 8:30 on Saturday night.

So, we jumped into the car and drove a couple of miles to Lotus Cafe in Hackensack, our favorite restaurant for Chinese-style seafood.

Three of use ordered seafood soup, a shrimp dish, a fish dish and a vegetable stir fried with fresh garlic, plus small bowls of complimentary white and brown rice. We took home leftovers.

My portion of Seafood Soup for 3 ($11.25) contained a stray piece of meat, which I gave to my wife in return for the tender squid she put in my bowl.

Our waiter divided and served the soup, as well as the Shrimp Soong.

From the menu's list of Chef's Specialties, we chose Shrimp Soong ($16.95), a delicious combination of minced shrimp with celery, pine nuts, black mushrooms, water chestnuts, sweet pepper and peas, which we ate wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

Ask for chili paste to spice up your food.

Our second seafood dish was one of our favorites, Filet of Sole with Scallion & Ginger ($16.95), and our vegetable was Chinese Broccoli stir fried with fresh garlic, a vegetable that is both leafy and crunchy ($9.95).

We found that all of the dishes but the soup served four.

Filet of Sole with Scallion & Ginger.

Chinese Broccoli.

Lotus Cafe, 450 Hackensack Ave., in the Home Depot Shopping Center, Hackensack; 1-201-488-7070. BYO. Free delivery within 3 miles ($12 minimum).

Lotus Cafe is a BYO.


  1. Ever wonder how meat gets into a seafood soup? I'd want to know the answer to that question.

  2. Really? I don't think it's a big mystery. The meat, which is probably pork, is fully cooked, and maybe it was being transferred to another dish, and fell into the soup. No big deal.


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