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Feb 12, 2007 01:50 PM

Egg Foo Young (Old School version)

It Is getting harder for me to find tasty Egg Foo Young. Who makes your favorite?I

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  1. For good old school egg foo young you need to find a good, old school Chinese-American restaurant. I live in Alameda, and I get my egg foo young fix from Gim's (take out/delivery only). Three thick (heavy!) patties smothered in brown gravy with a side of rice. Yum!

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Ruth, I have never tried Gim's although I know it has been there forever. Any particularly outstanding dishes to try? Something somewhat sturdy that won't wilt in a to go package? I have been underwhelmed with most of the Chinese places I have tried in town since moving back to Alameda.

      1. re: foodfan

        I really hesitate to "recommend" Gim's to anyone who enjoys "real" Chinese food. As the saying goes, "it is what it is": cheap, old-fashioned, gloppy Chinese-American takeout food -- I consider it "comfort food."

        In addition, in the 20 years I've been ordering from them, the quality varies a lot, presumably depending on who's in the kitchen. I've had food from them that was virtually inedible (and, in fact, after a couple of bad batches in a row back in the late '90s I stopped ordering from them completely for a while), and I've had food from them (recently) that was better than decent. I don't order from them often enough to track what the good days and bad days are, though. The fried chicken wings are reliably pretty good (fortunately they still use cartons, not styrofoam, so they don't get soggy, and I only live two blocks away, so they're always piping hot); the wrappers on the potstickers are flabby and doughy, but the filling is pretty tasty; as I've said, the egg foo young is "classic"; the beef stir fries are generally not bad -- the chicken is more iffy. The shrimp can be tough, but I like the preps on the garlic shrimp and the shrimp with lobster sauce (thanks, Derek, for inspiring me to order it). I like the tofu with BBQ pork, and the hot and sour soup is over-thickened but has lots of stuff in it and is decently sour.

        I think my last order was: potstickers, BBQ pork egg foo young, shrimp with lobster sauce and beef with tender greens, and I think it lasted me about six meals.

        Oh, and thinking about it, I just realized that I've never gotten that cotton-mouth from too much MSG from them. I'm sure they use it, but they don't over use it.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Thanks for the reply, it seems the search goes on. I like Chin Hua, used to like the XLMB at The Ark but haven't been since the ownership change, like East Ocean but live on the other end of the island. I know, the island is not that big! Looking forward to the new Vietnamese place.

    2. Ruth - Thanks.
      Anyone else have any suggestions?

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      1. re: Bob Copeland

        I wish I did, this has me craving Egg Foo Young.. might be something to order in my home town Santa Barbara next visit.

        1. re: Bob Copeland

          I'm thinking maybe Yet Wah on Clement may have it, or the Diamond Hts one.

        2. Yet Wah doesn't have it anymore. The original chef is retired and now his sons run the business. They are doing the popular HK style chinese cooking.

          Did you try Kam's? They are very old school.

          1. There is a small chinese restaurant in the peppermint plaza in El Cerrito just a few doors down
            from Ba Le (good bahn mi) that has egg foo yung. One large omelet. Sorry no name.

            1. K L restaurant, while it's hardly Americanized Chinese in most respects, has several foo yong dishes listed on its menu. I've only been there for dim sum, not dinner, so I don't know if it's "Old School" or not. There are "fu young" (furong) dishes in China, usually featuring extensive use of egg white (furong means Chrysanthemum).

              Patricia Unterman's recent review of a banquet at K L is here: