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
AND SO ON
Anywhere in the Bay Area...
Thanks, my more knowledgeable friends,
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
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:
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)