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Jan 22, 2007 10:51 PM

Chinese Chicken Salad is there a really great one?


There was this tiny spot in Hollywood many years ago that had been there for decades. It was a the spot for that was frequented by movie stars like Brando, Marilyn Monroe and some of the majors from paramount, etc. This was sorta a hole in the wall but full of charm even the name was funny- Shanghai Noshery
By the time I had the ate there the owner was getting on in age but still made great Chinese food with a California flare. It was said he was the one that really started the "Chinese Chicken Salad".

It was basically chopped and shredded style with cabbage, lettus, green onions, carrots and some crunchy items.. however the best dressing!

Has anyone had something similar here? I have tried so many to but have never some close to this one.

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  1. Wolfgang Puck Express in the cellar of Macy's at Union Square does a Chinois Chicken Salad that my family adores. You can order it from Waiters on Wheels for delivery too.

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    1. re: NoeMan

      Thanks, but that is pretty much the same version as most places.

    2. You might check Chef Chu's in Los Altos, it gets big props in the Bay Area and has been making it for 30+ years.

      1. I love the one at Hunan / Henry's Hunan.

        1. I second Chef Chu's and also recommend Ming's of Palo Altos version

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          1. re: Alan408

            thanks for the new recs. I will try both Chef Chu's which sounds intriguing since he has been making it ofr 30+ years might be in line with the type I am looking for. Hunan? I did not try their version the last time I was there. Thanks so much.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                That is interesting. There is more to this CCS business than I thought.

                The Ming version is different from the Shanghai Noshery restaurant version . Now this makes me wonder if the gentleman that owned that place was the one to have really started CCS in California or did he develop his own version it dates about the same time if not earlier.
                The makings for a fun random food story.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  This website (and you think Chowhound hurts your eyes?) claims that CCS was invented by a cooking teacher named Madame Wong. Dunno if her first name was Melanie.


                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    I wish madame wu's recipe was actually there, but I click on it and it's down or that website isn't up anymore, darn.............

            1. Chinese Chicken Salad is a California Chinese restaurant construct: this dish does not exist in the rest of the country. That said, it's yummy. My recipe is from a Palo Alto Junior League cookbok, circa the 60's. It's long and involved, but if you really want it, I'll post.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                It might have originated in California, but by this time it's nationally known and a standard item on hotel and chain restaurant menus.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Except in China, of course, where you would NEVER be served uncooked greens.

                    1. re: Gary Soup

                      Actually I remember when I was a very small kid (30 years ago), a lot of old authentic Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong were already serving lettuce cups with shredded squab pieces (and other stuff chopped in). I remember my family asking the restaurant if they would use western lettuce (Iceberg) or Chinese lettuce (which tastes almost the same but greener in color).


                    2. re: Robert Lauriston

                      But you won't find it in a Chinese restaurant outside of CA.

                    3. re: pikawicca

                      I have been searching for this recipe. Years ago in the 70's my mom got this recipe from the chef at ming's and it was a regular menu item at our house. I have lost the recipe so if you could post it that would be great!!!