Best Chinese Food In The World In The San Gabriel Valley?
Well that's what the heading of this L.A. Weekly article seems to state. Probably a more accurate statement of the content is that we have some of the best Chinese food in the world. But heavens--I was skewered from end to end when I wrote an article that said LA Chinese food was far superior to that in New York.
You may have been skewered, but of course it was the NY contingent skewering you with hyperbole and skewed stats. You're still the king...
From the article:
Squid Ink [SI]: You've spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, correct?
Wayne Wang [WW]: Yes.
SI: Where do you feel you could get a more authentic Chinese meal -- in Los Angeles or in San Francisco?
WW: In San Francisco, it's very difficult. I have a hard time finding good Chinese food unless you go to Daly City or San Mateo or Milbrae. But in L.A., there's quite a bit of it in San Gabriel Valley. The Taiwanese have opened a lot of really interesting restaurants; really, really good Chinese restaurants. I think you can get the best Chinese food there -- even more so than New York.
SI: So Los Angeles wins?
WW: As I said before, the Cultural Revolution stopped the flow of culture and tradition -- especially food. But it continued in Taiwan, and that spilled over into the San Gabriel Valley. Actually because of better ingredients and the preservation of the cultural traditions you probably have some of the best Chinese food in the world.
Don't let scoopG hear about this ...
I think anyone that has lived in LA, NYC, SF and/or has had extensive experience with the respective Chinese cuisines from each city won't deny LA wins.
He said *some* of the best in the world. So yes, compared to cities like Paris, Rome, London, etc, maybe no brainer. But compared to Hong Kong, Taipei, Vancouver, etc, probably not.