Eat This Now: House Special Squid at Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant

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Here at Stick a Fork In It, we're used to passing along recommendations, but we're all about following up on a good tip, too.

Recently, a friend--who goes by the luchador-like name "El Buche" (The Stomach) for his never-ending appetite--told us about the House Special Squid with butter sauce at Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant in Westminster. Another Weekling has already pined over the Thai-style scallops from their fresh fish menu, but Buche was right and now we're hooked on another of their fantastic seafood dishes.

This Chinese spot on the edge of Little Saigon is legendary for its 200+ item menu, but only few bear the title "House Special." Though you can order the dish with shrimp or lobster (fresh from the tanks in the dining room, by the pound, if you wish), we're digging the squid because we're fans of great calamari. And, for only $7 with hot and sour soup, rice and tapioca for dessert, it's quite the bargain. But get it for lunch: the price doubles at dinner and there is no soup.

You'll hardly find a wimpy ring in sight; instead, behold 15 large strips and chunks of thick, chewy flesh encased in a golden, crunchy batter speckled with enough black pepper to assertively season the mellow squid. A sweet, buttery glaze and salty splashes of soy sauce baptize the mound. Plenty of garlic and scallion add freshness, while fat slices of stir-fried jalapeño are cooked just enough so the heat opens up and lingers on your tongue after each bite.

Paired with a few scoops of rice and a spoonful of their table satay sauce--an oily mix teeming with chili flakes that comes off like the devilish cousin of Carlos Salgado's jet-black salsa de aciete--this is an addictive plate we've devoured too many times in the last couple weeks.

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Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant

10911 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove, CA

Category: Restaurant

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We have folk that aren't fond of spicy foods.  Can they make this non-spicy?

Stacy Mohler
Stacy Mohler

OMG - I need this in my life!! That is my DREAM combo of food! Calamari and jalapenos?!! WOW!

JBinOC topcommenter

I've privately been praising Royal Capital Seafood as the best Cantonese restaurant I've dined at in OC.  It's one of the county's best kept secrets...a place that largely draws its patrons from a few miles around its Westminster location, but is worth a drive from farther away.  

The Men's room isn't the cleanest (I can just imagine what the kitchen looks like) but there's that old adage that the lower the health rating, the better the food.  

Mr. E. Monster, Mr. P. Salt, Mr. D. Ubergeek...if you don't want to drive to Rowland Heights or Hacienda Heights, trust me on this one.  


@lonegungirl It's really not spicy, just slide the jalapenos to the side.

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