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Crispy Orange Beef? East Bay??

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.

    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.

      Jai Yun
      680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      1. re: Ericruo
        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.

        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?

          1. re: lmnopm
            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...

              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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          1. re: sj
            Richard L Adams Oct 10, 2005 12:58 PM

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


            1. re: Richard L Adams
              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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