98. Lobster With Black Bean, Pork, and Garlic From Silver Pond
Silver Pond is as close to an authentic Chinese culinary experience as you'll find in South Florida. The menu is an epic of Cantonese dishes, differentiated by mellow spices, savory sauces, seafood -- such as sea cucumber, abalone, and conch -- and a smattering of preserved meats and fish. That is, if you order from the green restaurant menu as opposed to the white one, which is an abbreviated list of Chinese takeout's greatest hits.
Fish tanks align the back wall, filled with lively lobster of all sizes. This flash-fried one-pounder is a savory dish to share, garnished with piles of pulverized black bean, garlic, and pork. Once you've emptied the shells, you'll be tempted to fork the remaining sauce. One caveat: It's a messy dish. Don't be ashamed if you end up wearing it. Better yet, ask for extra napkins before you begin.
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