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Ming Tsai's oyster shooters go down easily at Oyster Bash in South Beach

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What: Oyster Bash, Friday evening at Loews Miami Beach Hotel's Lure Fishbar, presented by Island Creek Oysters

What worked: Celebrity chef Ming Tsai's oyster shooters, which also contained vodka, shallots and lime juice.

"You'll get the full treatment in your mouth if you chew the oyster whole," said the "Ming's Quest" host.

The Boston-based, James Beard Award winner swore this concoction went down so easily thanks to the high alcohol content and ideal palate combinations.

Granted, Tsai may be partial: He is the ambassador for one of the main ingredients. Slovakia's Double Cross vodka, which is seven-times distilled, seven-times filtered. Translation: smooth as all get-out.

The best thing we ate: Tsai's shooters, by a mile.

Quote of the night: "OK, I'm done. I'm really full!" said Tsai, after downing at least 10 oyster shooters in under five minutes. "But seriously, I'm happy that people are loving my food and coming back for more. It's the best feeling for any chef."

What didn't work: The slow, long lines and ravenous crowds piling into the small space at Lure.

The craziest thing we saw: A woman whose hair was sectioned into two braids sucking the ends because, we are assuming, they contained a remnant of one of the dishes?

BY MADELEINE MARR, mmarr@MiamiHerald.com

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