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Chowdown Report: Hakka Restaurant in San Francisco

Close, the Chinese name for Golden mountain in Hayward (according to Sina.com) is 華苑山莊, or hua yuan shan zhuang

Let's Try ANEW- The best Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in Shanghai?? WHERE????????

I consider Jia Jia Tang Bao's XLB the equal of Din Tai Fung's, and dianping.com reviewers agree with me (both scored 23 for taste). Price-wise, there's no comparison. Sure, you get fawning service at DTF, but you can eat at Jia Jia's five times for the price of eating at DTF once, and the xiao long bao makers are cuter.

Let's Try ANEW- The best Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in Shanghai?? WHERE????????

Try again http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571225 It was the period at the end of PeterL's link that caused the failure.

Jai Yun - Major Question

The chef is from Nanjing and does not speak Shanghainese.

(Long) Trip Report from my last AMAZING SF visit and what to try next??

I don't think SF is going to outdo New York at Peruvian. NYC has around 50,000 Peruvians (not to mention over 100,000 Ecuadorians) and plenty of Peruvian restaurants.

New Yorker visiting this weekend

For a second Asian, I'd suggest checking out Shanghai Dumpling King, if you're interested in putting Joe's Shanghai's soup dumplings out of your mind and discovering what xiao long bao are supposed to be.

Koi Palace is not too far if you have a car, and a worthy option; it's considered by some to be the best Cantonese resto in the US.

El Faralito is a good choice for burritos, and I am a fan of Taqueria San Jose. If you're bent on experiencing a Mission Burrito, I'd avoid La Taqueria, as they don't do a proper Mission Burrito.

Chun (Spring) restaurant, Shanghai.

If you aren't counting calories, try the red-cooked pork belly. The Ji Shi chicken is a must try, too. http://is.gd/699s3 http://is.gd/69b3o

Caitlin Flanagan takes on the Edible Schoolyard movement in The Atlantic

I'm surprised no one has commented yet on Catlin Flanagan's "Cultivating Failure: How school gardens are cheating our most vulnerable students." in the current issue of The Atlantic (http://is.gd/66A3z

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The author pulled no punches, and has drawn some sharp retorts, like Jill Richardson's in La Vida Locavore (http://is.gd/68YBZ) and Kurt Michael Friese in Civil Eats (http://is.gd/68Zah

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It's certainly a topic worthy of discussion. Any thoughts?

Jan 12, 2010
Xiao Yang in Food Media & News

Shanghai dining tips

Well, yea and no. In Shanghai "tang bao" is sometimes used to mean conventional xiaolong bao (as in Jia Jia Tang Bao) and other times it is used to refer to the monstrously large dumpling that comes with a straw to drink the soup with, like this http://is.gd/4oz44 . Joe's are neither, though I think he intended them to be xiaolong bao.

Shanghai dining tips

Can you name some? I've never found xiaolong bao in New York as good as you can get on almost any street in Shanghai.

Best Shanghainese Restaurant

My vote is for Jesse (吉士酒家). Go to the original on Tianping Lu, not one of the spinoff "New" 吉士 restaurants. Info in English at http://is.gd/4hCIa Info in Chinese (with more than 200 pictures) at http://is.gd/4hD1c

Chowhound Report - Miss SaiGon

The tenderness and juiciness of the beef may have been pleasing to you, but it's far from authentic. As Charles Phan (The Slanted Door) described it to Mark Bittman in a 2004 interview,

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In Vietnam, tender beef is hard to come by, so to make the meat easier to chew, cooks cut it into small bits (hence ''luc lac,'' echoing the sound of the knife hitting the cutting board). It is then cooked, Mr. Phan said, ''really, really well done -- crunchy, in fact.''

http://is.gd/4eUun

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Actually sounds good to me.

Chowhound Report - Miss SaiGon

It would probably be useful to put the name of the restaurant in the title of the post.

Ommegang at Costco (SF) $15.99 three pack

Hate to let the cat out of the bag but the three-packs are still at the SF Costco as of today and reduced to the ridiculous price of $9.97. I shop by bus, so I couldn't buy them out. Go for it!

Sunday Suppers in the SF area?

"Nice outdoor seating area but it gets packed. A couple of indoor tables and a secret long side table INSIDE the restaurant facing the bay" according to a Yelp review.

Shanghai dining tips

Here's a good website for navigating the Metro http://www.exploreshanghai.com/metro/

Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

I guess I'm a fogey. I don't even know what a Tivo looks like. But if Bourdain is pushing a baby stroller, he must have gotten a late start. According to Wikipedia he's 53.

Sep 22, 2009
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No Reservations NYC outer boroughs episode tonight

I think that's an excellent assessment of the man, and I'll add that he probably needs to rely less on his producers' selection of destinations. Prior to his China tour a couple of years back, one of his producers contacted my by email to ask if I had any suggestions for subjects in remote areas of China. I responded that I really didn't know much about China beyond Shanghai, but I would be happy the give suggestions for Shanghai. She in turn replied, somewhat cursorily, that they had Shanghai "covered." As it turned out, he went to a couple of the most obvious, tour book-driven places imaginable in Shanghai.

Sep 22, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

Is that from an official transcript? "Fogey" doesn't sound right in that context. Vogue-y would make more sense. If 30-somethings are "fogeys," what does that make Bourdain?

Sep 22, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

I've not been very impressed with Brooklyn Brewery's products, though I have had one nice draft beer from Six Points. Anyway, I don't know if local pertains to beer, since none of them would be using local ingredients anyway.

Sep 21, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

He said that in the Diner segment on the New York Outer Boroughs show when Bourdain pressed him to name the most something-or-other neighborhood. (I'm not sure if "trendy" was the exact word, but it was something of that nature.)

Sep 21, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

Tell it to Peter Meehan, not me. I haven't lived in New York in nearly 50 years.

Sep 19, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

I suspect Diner was mandated by his producers, and also that he's bound by a "If you can't say something nice......." dictum on the show. (It was obviously very painful for him to utter his faint praise of the Ferry Building Farmers' Market.)

I haven't eaten at Diner but had lunch at Marlowe & Son on my last trip. My panini was worth its price and the people were so...nice.

For the record, as Peter Meehan pointed out (taking AB's bait) the trendiest neighborhood in NY is Park Slope, not Williamsburg (which has great places like Moto and Spuyten Duyvil).

Sep 16, 2009
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No Reservations NYC outer boroughs episode tonight

The reason was to validate the place's authenticity, pretty sight of not. AB was a bit over the top with his flippancy, but that's Bourdain, take him or leave him.

Sep 16, 2009
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Just Moved to LIC: What's Good?

You're right, Crab House (or Waterfront Crab House, per my notes). Had Old Clam House (San Francisco) stuck in my mind.

Sep 16, 2009
Xiao Yang in Outer Boroughs

Taste of Shanghai (Shang Hai Xiao Chi) - delicious shanghainese in flushing

Blue crabs are about as big as you'd get in Shanghai. Be thankful you were weren't dealing with dazha (hairy) crabs.

Sep 16, 2009
Xiao Yang in Outer Boroughs

Shanghai - Vietnamese pho

Pho Real, perhaps? http://is.gd/353Ri

Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

My perception was that Bourdain was schticky earlier in his career (what could be schtickier than Kitchen Confidential?) and now more bent on speaking out on what''s bugging him. Although I consider him still a young man, he was downright plaintive in last night's NY episode, repeatedly wondering if it was "too late" for him to catch up with what he'd been missing in his own back yard, etc. He's feeling his age, and as you get older you get more outspoken, you show more "rage against the machine", as it were, and in his case the elitist foodie establishment is the machine.

Sep 08, 2009
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No Reservations NYC outer boroughs episode tonight

Queens alone could fill an entire season, so something's got to get left out when he does four Outer Boroughs in a singe episode. Sri Lankan is what Staten Island is most remarkable for (Bourdain mentioned that he had first heard about the Staten Island Sri Lankan community IN Sri Lanka) so it was a logical choice for that borough.

In truth, he showed three Chinese places, if you count two separate stalls at the Golden Mall.

Sep 08, 2009
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Anthony Bourdain vs Alice Waters

I finally watched the AB San Francisco episode yesterday after finding the channel (so I could watch the New York Outer Boroughs episode). I have never been a Bourdain fan, but the show may have converted me, the way he stuck it to The Untouchable Alice Waters and foodie correctness in one fell swoop in the Red's Java House closer. His cheeseburger at Red's was not only the "antidote to Alice Waters" but also tasted "like it died screaming."

Bourdain's show last night on New York's Outer Boroughs (which included a from-the-hip shot at Berkeley vegans) confirmed that he has his Jihad against foodie elitism and hypocrisy in high gear, and I'm ready to egg him on.

Sep 08, 2009
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