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Article about David Chan in the LA Times

raytamsgv Apr 22, 2013 10:05 AM

Looks like one of our most famous chowhounds has become just a little more famous. The LA Times has a column one article about the man who has probably eaten in more different Chinese restaurants than the rest of us mere mortals. Now, the next major task for him is to learn how to use chopsticks well. :-)


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  1. Charles Yu RE: raytamsgv Apr 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    6297 Chinese restaurants! That means, if he eats out every other day, it took him 34.5 years!!
    IMO, kind of BORING though, since he most probably did not have the time to try out other type of cuisine?!!

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      cacio e pepe RE: Charles Yu Apr 22, 2013 10:25 AM

      Not true. The article, and his postings, indicate that he's often visited multiple restaurants in one day. He also frequently posts about restaurants that aren't Chinese.

      Let's just celebrate his particular expertise!

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        westsidegal RE: Charles Yu Apr 22, 2013 10:31 AM

        even i eat out at least once daily, and i am not nearly as thorough a person as he is.
        still, i am jealous of all the food that he has experienced. don't know anybody, personally, who can hold a candle to him.

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        ilysla RE: raytamsgv Apr 22, 2013 10:30 AM

        Truly phenomenal! Perhaps one day he'll write a historical account of the changing Chinese dining scene in LA. I'd buy it. =)

        And some interesting information about immigration in the article, as well (but that's for another board....).

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        1. re: ilysla
          kevin RE: ilysla Apr 22, 2013 10:59 AM

          Yes, Calvin Trillin always seem to have pegged 1965 as the year that had initiated the start of great Chinese food in America.

          Does David post on this board ?

          yeah, and I was about to provide the link too.

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            Chandavkl RE: kevin Apr 22, 2013 11:19 AM

            I post here almost every day of the week!

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              kevin RE: Chandavkl Apr 22, 2013 11:24 AM

              That's right. I only ever people from their screen names.

              Now that reminds me that I want to read that Trillin article again if anyone happens to have a link to it. It may have been published in the Tummy Trilogy.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: Chandavkl Apr 22, 2013 02:59 PM

                Congrats! Makes all of us 'hounds proud!

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                  ns1 RE: Chandavkl Apr 22, 2013 03:04 PM

                  wait, Chandavkl is David Chan?!


                  mind = blown!

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                    PeterCC RE: ns1 Apr 22, 2013 03:07 PM

                    Yep yep!

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                      granadafan RE: ns1 Apr 22, 2013 08:36 PM

                      I"m impressed with Chandavkl's range of restaurants. I enjoy reading about his expertise of the Chinese restaurants.

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                      selfportrait93 RE: Chandavkl Apr 22, 2013 08:36 PM

                      So, after over 6,000 Chinese restaurant meals, one can still stay slim.
                      How do you do it, Chandavkl?

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                        ipsedixit RE: selfportrait93 Apr 22, 2013 08:51 PM

                        From personal experience, traveling can be quite the calorie burner.

                        I bet that some (little?) part to do with it.

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                          Ogawak RE: selfportrait93 Apr 23, 2013 07:14 AM

                          It's Chinese food. Something about the tea.

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                            kevin RE: Ogawak Apr 23, 2013 09:55 AM

                            It's a curiosity. But I do believe that copious cups of tea does help (for every dish about three to four cups of tea). It always seems to help me somewhat.

                    3. re: ilysla
                      PeterCC RE: ilysla Apr 22, 2013 11:12 AM

                      He's written accounts of the changing Chinese dining scene in LA on his blog (http://chandavkl.blogspot.com/) before, but from our "I'd buy it" comment I assume you meant in book form. I would probably buy it too! :-)

                      1. re: PeterCC
                        Chandavkl RE: PeterCC Apr 22, 2013 11:21 AM

                        Yes, but my blog is not principally about food. For some reason it shows up on the first page of results if you do a Google search for "Cantonese food blog", but anybody looking for that subject will be sorely disappointed. Have done about a dozen write ups on Chinese food for the Menuism blog though.

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                          Servorg RE: Chandavkl Apr 23, 2013 08:45 AM

                          How much "blurring" is there after that many restaurants and similar dishes/ingredients? I know you can go back and review your notes and reread your reviews. But does it all get mashed together to some degree or another? Or can you keep it straight in your mind?

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                            ipsedixit RE: Servorg Apr 23, 2013 09:27 AM

                            Like the "chop suey" of restaurant recall?

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                              Servorg RE: ipsedixit Apr 23, 2013 09:54 AM

                              I have the chop suey of life recall by this point...If my life should "flash before by eyes" should I somehow get hurtled toward Darwin Award Winner status it would be one big, undecipherable mash up, I'm sure...

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                                westsidegal RE: Servorg Apr 23, 2013 10:39 AM

                                ditto, servorg

                        2. re: PeterCC
                          ipsedixit RE: PeterCC Apr 22, 2013 08:50 PM

                          Well, don't give David any ideas. He might put his blog behind a paywall.

                          (Kidding folks. Just kidding.)

                      2. barryc RE: raytamsgv Apr 22, 2013 12:07 PM

                        the only place on his list that doesn't seem to have gotten a lot of mention on CH (maybe just a couple) is seafood village in MP. garlic crab....

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                          ns1 RE: barryc Apr 22, 2013 03:06 PM

                          that particular dish has been mentioned several times in the last month alone.

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                            kevin RE: ns1 Apr 23, 2013 10:57 AM

                            Yes, Seafood Village has been mentioned on a myriad of occasions in the past few months.

                            However, I have yet to visit there.

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                              ipsedixit RE: kevin Apr 23, 2013 11:04 AM

                              If you go to Seafood Village, go to the Temple City location (not the MP one).

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                          bulavinaka RE: raytamsgv Apr 23, 2013 04:48 AM

                          Just heard NPR's opening segment to their news at 4:30AM. Guess who was the subject of interest? :)

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                            dreamcast18 RE: raytamsgv Apr 23, 2013 10:09 AM

                            impressive...Shawn Cafe pic seems to indicate that David was not impressed ;-)

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                              Chandavkl RE: dreamcast18 Apr 23, 2013 11:31 AM

                              It's hard to keep smiling when they take several hundred pictures of you.

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                                PeterCC RE: Chandavkl Apr 23, 2013 11:41 AM

                                Diva! ;-)

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                              ns1 RE: raytamsgv Apr 23, 2013 04:46 PM

                              followup Q&A:


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                                blimpbinge RE: ns1 Apr 23, 2013 05:35 PM

                                "All that Chinese food can't be healthy."

                                --Kinda disappointing to see this assumption about chinese food. Sure some (ok, a lot) are oily, but there are many lighter prep methods.

                                "he readily states that he is not a fan of most Taiwanese food. "


                                "I really didn't realize how food-centric Chinese culture was," Chan said. "I mean, yes, you greet people in Cantonese by asking if you've eaten yet. And it's only intensified with the milleninials."

                                --That's especially true with the younger people. One thing I realized is how important knowing the language is when eating at chinese places. Sure you can translate everything, literal or not, but knowing the langauge makes it much easier to understand.. which is also kind of why i'm continually learning chinese

                                "At one time, everything in Richmond, B.C., was better than anything in L.A.," "That's no longer the case, by a wide margin"

                                --I don't know. Last I went there was 2-3 years ago, and I remember the dimsum (at 3 restaurants) being much better than any place in socal. Except it was priced much higher. I don't feel that the quality of dimsum has skyrocketed in socal. So for me, i'll still give my nod to vancouver.

                                --I'm not sure what the policy is on quoting from articles.. so i hope it's ok.

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                                  JThur01 RE: blimpbinge Apr 24, 2013 01:02 PM

                                  "All that Chinese food can't be healthy."

                                  --Kinda disappointing to see this assumption about chinese food. Sure some (ok, a lot) are oily, but there are many lighter prep methods.

                                  "he readily states that he is not a fan of most Taiwanese food. "

                                  Keep in mind, the person that made that assumption about Chinese food might be thinking of "Americanized" Chinese food. You know, sugary glop.

                                  Chandavkl has stated here that he's not a fan of a lot of Taiwanese cuisine.

                                  Different strokes fo' different folks. I'm not that big on Cantonese, but respect the chef work involved.

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                                    ipsedixit RE: JThur01 Apr 24, 2013 02:47 PM

                                    Let's cut him some slack.

                                    He specifically qualified it with "All that ..."

                                    If I ate as much of anything as Chandavkl did with respect to Chinese food, it would not be healthy.

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                                klyeoh RE: raytamsgv Apr 26, 2013 09:46 PM

                                My question to David would be: how can you eat this much and still maintain your weight?! From your pic, you even look underweight.

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                                1. re: klyeoh
                                  Chandavkl RE: klyeoh Apr 26, 2013 10:13 PM

                                  I'm quite underweight. Portion control, carb control and exercise keep my weight down.

                                  1. re: Chandavkl
                                    kevin RE: Chandavkl Apr 26, 2013 11:34 PM

                                    How many dinner spots is the most you have hit up in a single repast ?

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                                      Chandavkl RE: kevin Apr 27, 2013 10:43 AM

                                      In town, one. Out of town I try to eat as much as possible so I can do up to three or four places at dinner with leftovers for breakfast and lunch.

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                                        J.L. RE: Chandavkl Apr 27, 2013 01:43 PM

                                        Gangnam style. (except in Chinese, so I suppose that makes it 江南 style...)

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                                          ipsedixit RE: J.L. Apr 27, 2013 07:05 PM

                                          Perhaps this is better ... 鋼南

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                                            J.L. RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2013 11:32 PM

                                            Gangnam means south of the river (江). Though phonetically, your version makes more sense.

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