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Broad Question about Chinese Food

Gerard Oct 7, 2006 01:36 AM

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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    Serene Oct 9, 2006 04:47 AM

    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)

    1. Gary Soup Oct 7, 2006 03:19 PM

      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

      2 Replies
      1. re: Gary Soup
        Robert Lauriston Oct 7, 2006 07:20 PM

        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
          Gary Soup Oct 8, 2006 01:49 AM

          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. Ruth Lafler Oct 7, 2006 08:00 AM

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

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          Gerard Oct 7, 2006 08:09 AM

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


          1. re: Gerard
            Ruth Lafler Oct 9, 2006 04:36 AM

            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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          2. re: Ruth Lafler
            theSauce Oct 7, 2006 06:57 PM

            I believe Shanghai in Oakland is closed for good.

            1. re: theSauce
              Gary Soup Oct 8, 2006 01:56 AM

              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.

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            anli Oct 7, 2006 06:14 AM

            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
              Gerard Oct 7, 2006 08:12 AM

              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
                Grocers Daughter Oct 8, 2006 02:35 AM

                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

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