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Apr 8, 2013 10:51 AM

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.

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  1. 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...

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      New York contingent respects Chandavkl.

    2. 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.

      Oy vey.

      Don't let scoopG hear about this ...

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Wayne Wang admits in the piece that he is a fan of American-Chinese fare. Enough said.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Well, to be fair to Wayne Wang, he did just say "... *some* of the best Chinese food in the world." ;-)

        2. 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.

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          1. re: Porthos

            Best in the United States, yes.

            Best in North America? No.

          2. "Skewered from end to end"?

            Sidewise like a scallop or nose-to-tail?

            Did it hurt?

            CH inquiring minds want to know. :)

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            1. re: Gypsy Jan

              Nine pages of personal insults on a restaurant message board that I never read. NY Chowhounds were polite but combatitive (or from our point of view, defensive.)

              1. re: Chandavkl


                Why do anonymous people feel free to sling shit like monkeys in cages?

                I guess I just answered my question - anonymous and envious of ...

            2. I think you'll find New Yorkers who think there's better Mexican food in NYC just because it's NYC.

              I thought it was pretty uncontroversial that the best Chinese food in North America was Vancouver and second Los Angeles.

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              1. re: Robert Thornton

                You'll find LAers claiming LA has better pizza and sushi... ;-)

                1. re: Robert Thornton

                  Most New Yorkers readily agree the City is weak on Mexican and Vietnamese.

                  1. re: scoopG

                    Don't forget Korean and Thai :)

                    Mr Taster

                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      We're not really starting a list of all types of restaurants NYC is weak at, are we?

                      The list would be long.

                    2. re: scoopG

                      I've never met a New Yorker who ever readily agreed to anything, let alone about other spots in the U.S. having better food regardless of the type.