A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from January 12, 2019
Cloud Around the Moon (Chinese dish of king crabmeat, scallops and lobster)

"Cloud Around the Moon” is a Chinese-American restaurant dish found on many menus in the section “special health and diet menu.” ”Cloud Around the Moon ... $8.95 King crabmeat, scallops & lobster with broccoli, snow peas and string beans” was printed in the Daily Chronicle (DeKalb/Sycamore, IL) on June 30, 1996.

The name “Cloud Around the Moon” probably relates to Buddhism. “Full Moon Zen” was explained in HuffPost on April 28, 2016:

“According to an analogy found throughout Buddhism, our true nature is hidden the way a cloud-covered moon is hidden. When the clouds disperse, everything is illuminated. The Buddha is sometimes called “the bright moon who illumines the world.” In these contexts, moon usually implies a full moon, typically the full moon of autumn.”


30 June 1996, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb/Sycamore, IL), pg. 2, col. 1 ad:
Cloud Around the Moon ... $8.95
King crabmeat, scallops & lobster with broccoli, snow peas and string beans.
(Food Star Chinese Restaurant, 131 South 4th Street, DeKalb.—ed.)

28 January 1997, Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA), pg. 14, col. 1 ad:
Cloud Around the Moon ... $8.95
King crabmeat, scallops & fish fillet w/broccoli, snow peas & string beans
(Yong Hao Buffet, Valmont Plaza, West Hazleton.—ed.)

9 May 1997, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “"Report on Chinese food” a bit overdone by Ann Heller, GO! sec., pg. 29, cols. 2-3:
(Hunan Gourmet, 5851 Far Hills Avenue, Washington Township.—ed.)
The most expensive ($9.25) is the mixture of seafood called Cloud Around the Moon, with nicely cooked shrimp, scallops and crab.

23 April 2010, The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, TN), advertising supplement:
Cloud around the Moon ... 9.50
Crab meat, scallop & shrimp w. broccoli, snow peas & string bean, zucchini, asparagus
(No. 1 Chinese, 1790 Tiny Town Road, Suite C, Clarksville, TN.—ed.)

Bao’s Kitchen (West Haven, CT)
Cloud Around the Moon $9.25
Shrimp, scallops squid & crab meat with broccoli, snow peas &string beans

Cathay Gourmet (Richmond, VA)
Cloud Around the Moon 11.45
Crabmeat, scallops & shrimp with broccoli, snow peas & string beans.

Lin’s Kitchen (Eastport, NY)
Cloud Around the Moon 14.20
King crab meat, jumbo shrimp, scaloop & lobster meat, bean curd with broccoli, snow peas & baby corn.

Main Moon Chinese Restaurant (Linden, NJ)
Cloud around the Moon $12.90
Crabmeat, scallops & jumbo shrimp w/ broccoli, snow peas & beans.

Ming Moon (Middletown, RI)
Cloud Around the Moon 13.45
Crabmeat, scallops & shrimp with broccoli, snow peas & string beans.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, January 12, 2019 • Permalink