It's that time of year when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami
2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our
favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own,
please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
42. Clams with Black Bean Sauce at Tropical Chinese
Although it's easiest and most delicious when eating-in, you can also decide to do take-out from Tropical Chinese (these clams travel surprisingly well). The only issue with this decision is that the ride home can be slightly painful. After acquiring a big brown bag of food, you are forced to sit with it in the car with it. The smell of pan-fried dumplings, roasted pork, ginger, scallion, garlic and a multitude of other sensations makes for a Chinese food car-bake (or in this case of this favorite, a true 'clambake') and these aromas don't simply trigger the mouth watering reflex, it's more of a "pull over on the highway I have to eat at least a little bite now" syndrome.
Although there are many dishes to praise here, the clams simmered in black bean sauce ($15.95) are a particular standout. The sauce itself has a slight oil slick to it, just enough to help it coat the inner and outer shell and stick to the surface without congealing. Firm Chinese black beans cling to the clams, and if you dig deep to the bottom, you'll find a pool of them just waiting to be claimed. The clams are always plump and fresh, there's no scrawny seafood at Tropical Chinese.
100 Favorite Dishes
43. Ackee Empanadas at Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin
44. Seafood Orgy at CVI.CHE 105
45. Rio Acai Bowl at Apple A Day
46. Aji Amarillo Ceviche at My Ceviche
47. Lunch Boat Special at Benihana
48. Victoria Station at The News Lounge
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