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Bringing foie gras and/or shark fin into california.

Foie gras & shark fin belong in two totally different conversations . . .

The collection of shark fin is a barbaric ritual that results in a depletion of the shark population, and the consumption is completely tied into status, as well as old medicinal ideas that basically help men's virility.

Foie gras, on the other hand, is a delicious treat that goes well with everything and doesn't hurt the overall goose population. Yes the cultivation methods are not the prettiest and perhaps even morally questionable, but the world isn't facing an extinction of goose just because some farmers fatten their livers up.

Sorry to get all agro in the discussion, this is a really good topic. I just moved to California and am pretty bummed about the whole foie gras thing.

Living in Korea... SeOUL Food, anyone?

Seoul has an amazingly vibrant food culture, from the Majang BBQ meat street and Gul Bossam Alley, to the Kwangjang Market and Chung Jin Oak.
Korean food uses a lot of crazy ingredients like cow innards which doesn't sit well with most people, but honestly, those weird parts of the cow are really good, and foodies should be open minded and give them a try.
If you're not into really outrageous food however, check out Vatos Urban Tacos. Their Galbi beef tacos are amazing.
Seoul also has some killer fried chicken.

Check out more about dining in Seoul here:

New recommendations for Shanghai dining

So, I've done some research and compiled a grip of solid recommendations for anyone coming to Shanghai. My picks are as follows . . .

Shanghainese: Jesse Restaurant
Yuan Yuan
Hunan: Di Shui Dong
Sichuan: Pin Chuan
San Gu Bullfrog
Cantonese: Cha's
Tsui Wah
Dim Sum: Zen
Crystal Jade
Dongbei: Da Qing Hua
Dongbei Ren
Yunnan: Legend Taste
Southern Barbarian
Taiwanese: Charmant

If you're interested in more about restaurants in Shanghai, check out this article:

First Timer in Shanghai- Where not to miss?

the wild herbs in tofu is called malantou . . . pure deliciousness

Hong Kong - need recs

so I've got your first two covered.
Dim sum = Luk Yu Tea House . . . no carts, no nostalgia, just deliciousness
Cha siu & goose = Golden China Restaurant (金华烧腊) . . . so good

I was actually just in Hong Kong for an eating marathon and can make some solid recommendations for sure. You can check out my detailed account here:

Happy eats . . .

Hong Kong in June - Dining suggestions?

didn't try it, but I'll check it out. I'm pretty hung up on the Hainan Ji and a good donglai (dongnai) cha.

Going to HK alone for two days in March - where to eat?

Don't let dining alone slow you down, just look at gluttony as a virtue and skill. Plenty of Cantonese people dine alone, old men will go eat dimsum by themselves and read the newspaper all morning while chowing on some dumplings, while you can have some tasty chashao as just a snack, or add some rice to make it a plate. Sure dining alone may limit you when you go for larger meals with dishes, but I recently came back from a day of dining alone in Hong Kong and I ate my way through the city. Check out this link, , for some good recommendations.

Hong Kong in June - Dining suggestions?

So if you're going to Hong Kong, go Cantonese all the way. Make sure to hit up some dimsum, try some street food, have a late night meal at Tsui Wah, and DEFINITELY go to the Golden China Restaurant on Jubilee St. in Central for chashao (roasted pork). For more tips on Hong Kong dining check out this sucker, , with more recommendations.

Street Food in Hong Kong?

Curry Fish balls (咖喱鱼蛋) are awesome. So addictive too. I was just in Hong Kong and found myself buying them every hour, even at 7-11. Anyway, I think the best place for street food / snacks is near Mong Kok station, near the Tung Choi St. Ladies Market. Maybe it's not the cleanest, but there's lot of vendors who just make delicious snacks on the street. There's also similar stands near the Temple Street Market.

Also, have you tried fried lobster balls (longxia wan,龙虾丸)? They pretty kiiler too and my new snack food hit.

If you need a little more street food inspiration, check out this page: . . .

late hong kong dining

Definitely hit up Tsui Wah for late-night eats. They've got decent noodles, but I'd say Hainan chicken is their best dish. But yea there are like 13 of them in Hong Kong and Kowloon so pretty easy to find. Check out this map and store locator: . . .

Best Shanghainese Restaurant

Jishi on Tianping Lu -- hands down the best Shanghainese spot in the city. Order the TiPang (fatty pig thigh) and the YuTou (fish head) . . . deliciousness.

My Rest. Choices for Shanghai + Beijing

"these 3 restaurants seem more focused on presentation"

--at a restaurant like People's 7, presentation is a big part of the equation

"go to the one on Tianping Lu"

--are Xin Ji Shi and Ji Shi the same? The location on Tianping Lu is totally jammin'

"Crystal Jade is equally bland"

-- I tend to disagree because they always have the best BBQ meat combo (pricey for sure). check out Zen in Grand Gateway Plaza (Xujiahui, Huashan Lu + Zhaojiabang Lu). You won't find any foreigners there you self-loathing whitey and although they don't the traditional cart service, the restaurant is a giant banquet hall and the food is really good and affordable.

Snapline is highly over-rated . . .

NJ Food and Fun - New Jersey Foodie - NJ Must Try List

thanks for getting us all talking. always nice to find new places. also great to know that Jersey has so much great food. Question, do you have recommendations for Jersey Shore Pizza? I know Seaside Heights has the legendary "3 Brothers" place, but there must be a lot of great pizzerias up and down the shore line. Thoughts?

Aug 17, 2009
dannyrogue in New Jersey

Recommendations for a Vegetarian

point taken. I'm not actually a vegetarian, so I don't have that problem.

But, there are so many different kinds of vegetarians these days, I guess I should ask yumbrooklyn if he/she eats eggs, fish, shell fish or is a full on vegetarian?

Recommendations for a Vegetarian

I found this site quite easily on the google search: ; seems pretty comprehensive.

On the 青椒 topic, maybe it is regional. In Shanghai it's quite common. Also, I've never had yuxiang qiezi or ganbian sijidou with meat, but it certainly wouldn't surprise me, so I don't doubt your claim.

Thanks for the tip on the 香辣. I'm gonna try that out soon. Do you have any other vegetarian recommendations?

My Rest. Choices for Shanghai + Beijing

Quick update:
So since I've posted on this thread last, I've discovered a great Yunnan spot called Legend Taste ( ) on Kangding Lu. It's not the most traditional Yunnan restaurant in Shanghai, but the food is great and it's not too expensive (around RMB 200 per couple with beers . . . way less than Lost Heaven). I highly recommend. Highly.
Also, at the advice of this thread I gave Gu Yi a try. It's good. It's very good. It's on the same level as Di Shui Dong in my opinion. The prices are similar although Gu Yi definitely has a fancier, more formal atmosphere. I would rate Di Shui Dong's ribs higher, but overall both restaurants are good and worth a try.

Recommendations for a Vegetarian

My first recommendation is to learn to say 不能吃肉 (pronounced boo nung chih row), or, I can't eat meat.
My second piece of advice is that even if something is a tofu dish, it still may contain some meat. A good example of this is 家常豆腐 (pronounced jyah-chahng tow-foo), or homestyle tofu. IT CONTAINS FATTY PORK.
As for dish recommendations, I would recommend 干煸四季豆 ( ), 鱼香茄子 ( ), 青椒土豆丝 ( ), 地三鲜 ( ). Pronunciations for ordering and descriptions are all enclosed in attached links, but I'd recommend printing out the characters and keeping them on you as a failsafe if you are a hardcore vegetarian visiting China. A lot of Chinese restaurants (and most outside of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong) don't offer picture menus so having a short list of reliable veggie-friendly foods could save you from eating plain 白米 everyday.

Best Burrito San Francisco

This topic is so near and dear to me, I feel the need to delve right back in after my recent trip to San Francisco. My answer undoubtedly is Papalote. Their super burrito (I went for steak and shrimp) smashes any others around, in large part because of their secret salsa . . . it's just so damn good.
The only problem w/ Papalote is price. They've been receiving so many awards and mentions that price points have gone up to the point where the "triple threat" burrito retails around $13 US (before tax). That's obviously way to pricey so for a more affordable burrito I suggest Gordo's (25th & Clement is my favorite location but there's also one at 9th & Irving and a third joint at 19th and Geary). I used to have a total bias toward taqueria's in the Mission, but I've revised that bias with the thought that any Mexican joint that can survive outside of the Mission must be good, save Panchos on Geary near Stanyan . . . that place blows).
Of course if it's late at night and other places are closed hit up El Farolito (24th and Mission) or Taqueria Cancun (19th and Mission), both places are delicious, affordable and on par with any other in the city.

Now for a new twist to this thread . . . why do burritos in LA stink?

Shanghai-Best Street Food Area?

I totally agree about the Muslim Market, but I'm still into Wujiang Lu and I think price is relative. Certainly it's more expensive than smaller cities in China, but for Shanghai anything on Wujiang Lu is pretty affordable.
No doubt Xiao Yang's is the jam. Actually, there's a pretty cool piece about Xiao Yang's and Shengjian in general here: . (Note to fellow Chowhounds: I'm the author, but it's still informative so I guess it's relevant to this thread).
Thanks for the advice on Shouning Lu, I'm gonna check it out soon.

Shanghai-Best Street Food Area?

While Shanghai has a couple remaining food streets, you're not going to find the real Chinese gems like you do in smaller cities like Wuhan and Kaifeng.

The Wujiang Food Street is basically gone, destroyed for a crusty modern walking shopping district, while the Yunnan Nan Lu Snack Food Street ( has been refurbished and sanitized, although you'll still find a great selection of shengjian (famous pan fried Shanghainese dumplings) and deserts.

The other interesting street food area is the Shanghai Friday Muslim Market ( ), which, as the name suggests, only occurs on Fridays from 11am - 3pm, more or less. The street has a nice selection of Uyghur and Hui (Chinese Muslim) dishes and snacks and the gathering point not only features great food but offers an interesting glimpse into a local minority population. For more on the Muslim Market check here: .

My Rest. Choices for Shanghai + Beijing

E Woks,
My condolences for tripping your spice-o-meter. You are in fact correct that Dishuidong is Hunan-ese, an oversight on my part.
Concerning People's Seven, just make a reservation and they'll tell you the code to their fancy-pants exclusive door-button / light-thingy mechanism.

My Rest. Choices for Shanghai + Beijing

Lost Heaven is quite solid on the Yunnan cuisine, but also consider Southern Barbarian (56 Maoming Nan Lu, 茂名南路56号生活艺术空间E区2楼近长乐路, 021-5157-5510) which is a bit cheaper and still excellent.
For Sichuan food, I'm a big proponent of Di Shui Dong (multiple locations in Shanghai, 021-6253 2689), but Pin Chuan (47 TaoJiang Road, 021-6437-9361) is also quite good and the atmosphere a little more elegant.
You're definitely on the money w/ Crystal Jade. Their dim sum is killer, but if you're looking for Cantonese food, you may want to try Hengshan Cafe (308 Hengshan Lu, 021-6466-4953). Unfortunately, however, they don't serve dim sum, or as the Shanghainese say, "dian xin."
Shintori is definitely a solid hit, but if you're looking for a fancy, Asian-fusion, I would strongly recommend People's 7 (805 Julu Lu, 021-5404-0707) which is right next door. This restaurant also doubles as a bar/lounge and their food is both delicious and served with creative presentation.

As for Beijing, well, just head to "Gui Jie" (Dongzhimen Nei Da Jie) to take care of all your cravings. The folks at Chow may be a little tired of my linking to this article -- -- but it does give you loads of information on a great, centralized dining-mecca.
Also maksure to hit up Quanjude for the famous "kaoya" (roast Beijing duck).
I hope some of these tips work out for you. Happy eating . . .

Craziest Slurpee Flavors

but it's a little like potpourri right?

May 17, 2009
dannyrogue in Chains

First time in Hong Kong/Beijing/Macau/Xi'an/Tokyo--Excited and Overwhelmed

Looks like Chowhound's got every covered, their just one step ahead, even hooking up Chinese characters. So, check out the links below for Quanjude's world-famous "kaoya" . . .
. . . bummer, none of the Chowhound link's work, strange. Came someone else try and link the the restaurants called 全聚德烤鸭? There's like 5 of them just on Chowhound, but for some reason they won't show up in the "add a place."

First time in Hong Kong/Beijing/Macau/Xi'an/Tokyo--Excited and Overwhelmed

So while I'm totally unable to answer any questions about Tokyo, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau, I can tell you that in Beijing, the place to have real authentic (and cheap) Chinese food is Dongzhimen Nei Da Jie, or as the Beijingers call it, Gui Jie. I will quickly refer you to this link -- -- which has useful information about Gui Jie: restaurants, addresses, phone numbers, etc.; and I would say that you can do an entire culinary tour of Beijing just on this one street. The one type of food it is missing however, is the famous Beijing duck. For "kaoya" I will always recommend Quanjude ( . . . I guess I'll go ahead and add it to the Chow Database too). It is a bit touristy, but it's not very expensive and the duck (especially the skin) is delicious.
As for Hong Kong, my number one recommendation is Maxim's ( a great dim sum restaurant near city hall. It's not cheap, but not outrageous and the shumai and changfen with chashao (broad noodle wrap with sweet pork) are killer. Have a great trip and let me know if you find any other great recommendations for Beijing or HK.

Beijing , CN

Hong Kong , HK

Craziest Slurpee Flavors

I've never heard of Mac's, but do they call them Slurpees too?

As a side note, does anyone know more variations of the Slurpee. I know ICEE and Slush Puppie, but any others?

May 13, 2009
dannyrogue in Chains

Craziest Slurpee Flavors

So 7-Eleven has really become a global phenomenon and it's my understanding that Slurpee flavors are designed to match the local tastes. Of course in any town in America you'll find the classic Coke and cherry in any Slurpee machine, but during a recent trip to the Philippines, I entered a Manila outlet and found a lychee Slurpee. Astounded by how exotic the 7-Eleven people have become, I'm curious if anyone else has found some interesting flavors around the world?

Oh yea, for the record, the lychee Slurpee, although refreshing in the hot sun, tasted a bit like soap and potpourri.

May 13, 2009
dannyrogue in Chains

Boston's Best Authentic Mexican/Tex Mex

I concede on the re-fried. I think I confused w/ Gordo's that doesn't serve re-fried. Interesting info on the Anna's origins. Thanks for the clarification . . .

Boston's Best Authentic Mexican/Tex Mex

If you're in Boston and you're looking for California-quality Mexican food, Anna's Taqueria on Harvard St. in Brookline (446 Harvard Street) is the most slammin' spot in the city. I know there are several other locations as well (refer to for more info), but the Brookline restaurant is solid.
Unfortunately Anna's doesn't serve re-fried beans, but their carne asada, carnitas and chile verde are superb and if you're adventurous you can even mix meats.
The legend of Anna's goes that several members of the Gordo's (San Francisco) family broke away from the clan and headed east, creating a Boston-based taqueria in the vein of the San Francisco counterpart.
Whatever the story, the burritos, and quesadillas are terrific. Top those off with a Jarritos Toronja (grapefruit) soda and you're golden.

Anna's Taqueria

NJ Food and Fun - New Jersey Foodie - NJ Must Try List

I just may. I just may . . .

May 08, 2009
dannyrogue in New Jersey