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Oct 7, 2006 01:36 AM

Broad Question about Chinese Food

I've been on a Chinese food kick lately. Daimo is great, but I'm looking to branch out.

What's your starting lineup for Chinese restaurants? Make of this what you will, but what I was hoping for was something like...

Szechuan: China Village
dumplings: San Tung
Islamic: ...

Anywhere in the Bay Area...

Thanks, my more knowledgeable friends,

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  1. Peking duck - Great China, Berkeley
    Best Oakland Chinatown breakfast deal (Jook with 2 sides, $3.99) - Gold Medal

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    1. re: anli

      I was under the impression that Gold Medal had closed down.

      Thanks for the reminder about Great China. I liked the tea-smoked duck, so I will definitely give the Peking duck a try.


      1. re: Gerard

        Gold Medal had closed down but now there's NEW Gold Medal :) And they're still open late.

        New Gold Medal Restaurant
        389 8th St

    2. Shanghai -- Shanghai in Oakland (has sister restaurants in Berkeley and San Mateo).

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanks for the recommendation, Ruth. Have you tried the soup dumplings there?


        1. re: Gerard

          Mr. Soup was so perturbed by the (unfounded) idea that it might have closed that he checked it out and pronounced the XLB as good as ever:

        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          I believe Shanghai in Oakland is closed for good.

          1. re: theSauce

            Really? That would be a drag. I was looking forward to my imminent ascension to Senior Citizen status and consequent reduction in my BART fare by two thirds so I could drop in more often for XLB at kunch.

        3. No absolutes here (and I never get to the South Bay) but some go-to's of mine:

          Home-style Shanghainese (expensive) -- Jai Yun
          Home-style Shanghainese (cheap) -- Shanghai (Oakland)
          Restaurant-style Shanghainese -- Lao Shanghai
          Xiaolong Bao -- Shanghai Dumpling King
          Cantonese generally, dim sum, seafood hot pot -- Koi Palace
          Dim Sum (cheap) -- Y. Ben House
          Jook -- Hing Lung
          Islamic -- Old Mandarin

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          1. re: Gary Soup

            Old Mandarin's hotpot and warm pots are good but their wheat dishes ("stirred flour ball," beef pie, onion pancake) aren't so hot.

            Unfortuantely I think all the places I've had better version have closed. This site's pretty good about tracking openings and closings:


            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I was primarily think of the lamb dishes, since I love lamb in any form. (I always think of it as "Old Mandarin Is-LAMB-ic Restaurant, in fact.)

          2. I've only been here a couple of years, and we don't have much money, so this isn't going to come from a very big sample:

            Best overall/best dimsum: East Village Seafood, San Leandro
            Best vegetarian: Long Life Vegi House, Berkeley (they also serve seafood)