HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Discussion

Article about David Chan in the LA Times

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. :-)

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. 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?!!

    2 Replies
    1. re: Charles Yu

      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!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Charles,
        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.

      2. 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....).

        18 Replies
        1. re: ilysla

          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.

          1. re: kevin

            I post here almost every day of the week!

            1. re: Chandavkl

              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.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Congrats! Makes all of us 'hounds proud!

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  wait, Chandavkl is David Chan?!

                  http://www.blogger.com/profile/026804...

                  mind = blown!

                  1. re: ns1

                    Yep yep!

                    1. re: ns1

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

                    2. re: Chandavkl

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

                      1. re: selfportrait93

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

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

                        1. re: selfportrait93

                          It's Chinese food. Something about the tea.

                          1. re: Ogawak

                            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

                      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

                        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.

                        1. re: Chandavkl

                          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?

                          1. re: Servorg

                            Like the "chop suey" of restaurant recall?

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              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...

                              1. re: Servorg

                                ditto, servorg

                        2. re: PeterCC

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

                          (Kidding folks. Just kidding.)

                      2. 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....

                        3 Replies
                        1. re: barryc

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

                          1. re: ns1

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

                            However, I have yet to visit there.

                            1. re: kevin

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

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

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

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: dreamcast18

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

                              1. re: Chandavkl

                                Diva! ;-)

                            2. followup Q&A:

                              http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la...

                              3 Replies
                              1. re: ns1

                                "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.

                                1. re: blimpbinge

                                  "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.

                                  1. re: JThur01

                                    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.

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

                                6 Replies
                                1. re: klyeoh

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

                                  1. re: Chandavkl

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

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Chandavkl

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

                                        1. re: J.L.

                                          Perhaps this is better ... 鋼南

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

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