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Crispy Orange Beef? East Bay??

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RickFromNY Oct 9, 2005 03:47 PM

I once found, thanks to this wonderful Board, an East Bay Chinese restaurant that made wonderful Crispy Orange Beef....for the good of me I cannot remember the place now and I have an intense craving for it.

Can someone help?

  1. ...tm... Jul 1, 2011 02:16 AM

    My sister-in-law ordered orange beef at Spices II in the Richmond and I found it surprisingly goodd. I don't know if it is what you would consider "crispy" as it wasn't breaded, yet it did have some starch on the beef. And I don't know if Spices 3 in Oakland offers something similar, so this might not be of the most help t you.

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    Spices II
    291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

    Spices 3
    369 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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      Ericruo Jun 30, 2011 09:59 PM

      This is almost unreasonable to say this given the tiny portion, but Chef Nei's take on Orange Beef is the best I have ever, ever had. He cuts the beef into potato chip like slices and there's chili oil with a clear taste of Sichuan peppercorns. It is just spectacular. If I could afford it, I would love to eat there often and have him make something besides his riff on the warhorses of Chinese Cuisine. Still, back to the topic, his take is fabulous.

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      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        Melanie Wong Jul 7, 2011 09:00 PM

        I have to echo this. Jai Yun makes the best orange beef I've had anywhere. So complex, great crispy texture, not greasy. . . just wish there was a way to order this dish and this dish alone.

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        Jai Yun
        680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        Rod Williams Oct 10, 2005 09:27 PM

        My favorite local place does a serviceable version of it, if a little on the sweet side. It might do to satisfy a serious craving, but I expect there are better versions around. It's in the Lincoln Square shopping center, on Redwood Road, just east of Highway 13.

        Hunan Yuan
        4100 Redwood Rd # 11,
        Oakland, 94619
        (510) 531-1415

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          lmnopm Jun 28, 2011 08:15 PM

          Instead of starting a new thread, I'm reviving this - I've yet to find a decent version in the past decade-plus, although I don't try very hard anymore. Suggestions?

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            slipson Jun 29, 2011 10:35 PM

            The orange chicken at China Village in Albany is delicious, probably the only version of that dish I have ever had that is really good. I have never had orange beef there but it may be worth a shot.

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              myst Jun 30, 2011 03:01 PM

              Hmmm I have the same memory, but can't put my finger on it.... I usually eat chinese at lunch in the city so don't get it often in the East Bay anymore. Generally I like East Ocean in Alameda so it could have been there but I actually think it may have been at Harbor View Chinese...

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              Harbor View Chinese Restaurant
              891 Island Dr, Alameda, CA 94502

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          sj Oct 10, 2005 12:16 AM

          I know it's a shot in the dark, but could it have been the Three Brother's chinese restaurant, on Contra Costa Blvd, in Pleasant Hill???

          If not, more informational would be helpful!

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            Richard L Adams Oct 10, 2005 12:58 PM

            I will go a-hunting for it if someone can give me more specific information.

            Thanks!

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              cynthia Oct 13, 2005 03:32 PM

              I ate at Three Brothers' and was very pleased. However, last time I drove by, the name had changed! I do not know what happened. It is located in the Post Office plaza in PH, across from Safeway on Contra Costa Blvd.

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