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Jun 22, 2012 06:04 PM

The best Chinese restaurant in America

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  1. I have not eaten at any of the places mentioned....but i respect the opinions of the author.

    Early Alzheimer's edit: I did eat at Yank Sing decades ago....the Dim sum was pretty, pretty good.

    1. Chandavkl posts here on CH. I didn't know however he ate at 6,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. and has a data base. I'll go with his list, he's done the duh.

      1. What I find especially interesting is the reinforcement by the author** of what is said elsewhere too about Cantonese/Hong Kong food - as well as HK money and recent immigration - being the drivers for much of really good and high-end Chinese food in the US. In Canada the equivalent loci would, of course, be Vancouver and the GTO area.

        ** ETA: ...who is chandavkl on CH as revealed by ML8000 above.

        ETA2: Still, there might be caveats - it's his taste/opinion. Also, as one commenter on that article intimated, the meals illustrated do seem to be heavy on dim-sum. One also assumes he ate at places in Flushing in NYC & etc. I also found it interesting that commenters there skipped past the article's title, which said the article was regarding restaurants in America :-) when they lambasted the author for ignoring superb places in Hong Kong, regional areas in China, Beijing, etc.

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        1. re: huiray

          Apparently all the HK money like to hang out in Pasadena / Alhambra. Not my first destination choice - even within LA.

          Interesting that he has Din Tai Fung on the list. If he were rating any of the Din Tai Fungs in Asia it would be at the top of the list. But the LA branch doesn't usually get good reviews.

          1. re: huiray

            Chandavkl is his chowhound handle. He posts on the SF board fairly frequently, although he's based in LA.


          2. it would be informative to know the criteria used to evaluate each restaurant. also, what is the strengths of the restaurant.

            guess we'll have to wait till his memoirs are published.

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            1. re: shanghaikid

              The Koi Palace he says is the best is the one in Daly City. Has anyone been to the one in Dublin? If so, how does it compare?

              1. re: cometraveler

                only tried dim sum in dublin. did not try dinner. don't know if the entire dinner menu is available at dublin.
                in dublin, one can actually get many of the standard dim sum items (har gow, siu mai, buns) whereas in daly city, few carts with the standard stuff ever roll around
                it's been years but would say dim sum at both is about the same.

            2. For the sake of clarity, the author is discussing his picks for the ten best Chinese Restaurants in the United States. He doesn't write that they are the ten best in "America" and for at least some folks such a list would be incomplete without consideration of some of the Chinese restaurants in Canada.

              Edited to add for further clarity: while the article title (possibly chosen by the publishers) does refer to the best in "America" the article consistently makes it clear that he is discussing the ten best in the U.S. Indeed, he notes that "a list of the 10 best Chinese restaurants in North America would consist solely of restaurants from the Vancouver and Toronto areas."