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Which region of the US has the best Chinese food?


by Anonymousreply 7705/04/2021

LA County's San Gabriel Valley.

by Anonymousreply 109/11/2020

R1 closed the thread.

by Anonymousreply 209/11/2020

I was going to say Monterey Park in San Gabriel Valley too.

by Anonymousreply 309/11/2020

San Francisco, hands-down.

by Anonymousreply 409/11/2020

NYC metropolitan area , although the BEST Chinese food I ever had was in Hong Kong.

by Anonymousreply 509/11/2020

Monterey Park and Alhambra were the hotspots in SGV in the 80's and 90's but Chinese (and a smattering of other Asian cuisines, mostly Vietnamese and Korean) have spread further east. You can start around Atlantic and Valley and go north toward Main and south towards Garvey and east out to Hacienda Heights and even further to Chino Hills for good Chinese food.

by Anonymousreply 609/11/2020

Flushing, NY

by Anonymousreply 709/11/2020

Greensboro, NC

by Anonymousreply 809/11/2020

Elephant Butte, NM

by Anonymousreply 909/11/2020

R6, my partner worked for the Edison Company so I'd meet him for dinner out there. Incredible how much great Chinese food was out there in that area.

by Anonymousreply 1009/11/2020

China Town

by Anonymousreply 1109/11/2020

My favorite overseas Chinese food is Malaysian Chinese, known as "Nonya." All the best of Chinese food with the spicy kick and culture melding of SE Asia. I'm not actually a fan of Malay food which I find a little one note and bland. But Malaysian Chinese is spectacular.

by Anonymousreply 1209/11/2020

SF and the Peninsula

by Anonymousreply 1309/11/2020

R10, my family lives in the SGV. I can't wait for COVID to fucking go away so I can fly out to visit them. I'm aching for decent dim sum. I'm on the East Coast and I'm contemplating lowering my standards and going out for dim sum tomorrow. I usually hold off on dim sum until I get to the SGV.

by Anonymousreply 1409/11/2020

Barbara: Well, that explains the drugstore. [ looks through her papers ] Now.. Li Pha Ho’s Restaurant, $15. you like Chinese food?

Rhonda Weiss: It’s my life!

Barbara: Well, I know where to get the best Chinese food in New York.

Rhonda Weiss: Where?

Barbara: The East Side. Wong’s. Very few people know about it.

Rhonda Weiss: Really? Well, I know where to get the best Chinese food in the country.

Barbara: Where?

Rhonda Weiss: Denver. Hong’s. Nobody knows about it!

Barbara: I know where to get the best Chinese food in the world.

Rhonda Weiss: Where?

Barbara: China. Even I don’t know about it! They blindfold you before you go in, so you don’t see the name. [ looks at Rhonda ] Oh, such cute earrings.

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by Anonymousreply 1509/11/2020

Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

by Anonymousreply 1609/11/2020

I knew the Chinese food in Boise was wanting when my waiter was a white guy.

by Anonymousreply 1709/11/2020

R14, I miss dim sum as well! This thread has me craving Chinese food.

by Anonymousreply 1809/11/2020

Many of the cities in the San Gabriel Valley are >50% Asian, or close to it. Arcadia, San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Temple City, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, Walnut.

by Anonymousreply 1909/11/2020

This is too easy. Your answer is Blaine, Missouri.

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by Anonymousreply 2109/11/2020

Even a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant in NYC is usually great

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by Anonymousreply 2309/11/2020

The Sunset and Richmond districts of SF (NOT Chinatown).

by Anonymousreply 2409/11/2020

R24, agree that SF Chinatown does not have good Chinese food. As a side note, North Beach (district in SF) does not have good Italian food. I guess it's all geared for tourists in those 2 areas.

by Anonymousreply 2509/11/2020

Canton, Ohio

by Anonymousreply 2609/11/2020

The school cafeteria.

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by Anonymousreply 2709/11/2020

After thinking NYC Chinese food is what all Chinese food tasted like around the US, I tried Chinese food elsewhere

Most of it sucks. Completely tasteless

by Anonymousreply 2809/11/2020

Hawaii has some great Chinese food

by Anonymousreply 2909/11/2020

Here my take as someone who grew up in Cupertino (South Bay) and lived both in the Peninsula and now SF for years. Sf does not have great Chinese food aside from a few truly fantastic ones like Henry’s Hunan (especially its Bryant street and Natoma street locations). SF Chinese food has mostly been Cantonese because most of SF’s early Chinese immigrants came from Cantonese-speaking southern parts of China. Cantonese food aside from dim sum is considered by Chinese to be bland. They do seafood well bit that’s about it.

Chinese food in the Peninsula is more varied, here you’ll see Szechuan, dim sum, Beijing/ Northern Chinese, Muslim Chinese/ Dongbei, Hunan, Taiwanese, seafood restaurants, places that specialize in hot pots or dumplings/ wheat-based cuisines, etc...

In the South Bay places like Cupertino and San Jose where the Chinese diaspora is decidedly not Cantonese or from mainland China, but from more enlightened and wealthier Taiwan. Here you’ll see Taiwanese food and Taiwanese influenced traditional Chinese cuisine. Taiwanese are into food in ways that differ from mainland China, in that they’ve kept the best of traditional Chinese cuisines but also added elements of island cooking. It gets doubly interesting when Japanese influences are interjected. Taiwan was a colony if Japan from late 1800s until after WW2. It later got taken over by the ruling class in China who were vehemently anti communist. So the food is a combination of southern Chinese immigrants to Taiwan pre-Japanese rule, tropical island ingredients, Japanese, and classic/ high cuisine from China.

In the South Bay you can have Taiwanese shabu-shabu joints and insane all you can eat Pan-Asian places where gluttony is a virtue not a sin. In San Jose you’ll also see Vietnamese who are ethnically Chinese, they run some of the best restaurants in the area. Vietnamese-Chinese cuisine is definitely a thing there.

Having also spent time in LA in Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley, I think it’s comparable to San Jose/ Cupertino/ Peninsula because again the Chinese diaspora is heavily Taiwanese, mostly wealthy from business ventures.

by Anonymousreply 3009/11/2020

I love all varieties of Chinese food and the explosion of SGV food scene was due to going beyond the US emphasis on Cantonese food. Having said that, Cantonese food is considered one of the great regional foods of China and when it's done well, it is not bland. Being from south China, it's not as heavy and spicy as some other regional foods but really good Cantonese food is all about bringing out the best of fresh ingredients. You're not going to experience this at most American Cantonese restaurants, especially those aimed at the non-Chinese clientele.

by Anonymousreply 3109/11/2020

r8 Why Greensboro?

by Anonymousreply 3209/11/2020

SGV used to be heavily Taiwanese. In recent years/decade, the mainland Chinese have made inroads. The biggest restaurants with the most buzz are ones backed by mainland owners and/or serving mainland food. It's also why LA has two Chinese New Year Parades--one backed by the pro-Taiwan faction and the other, China. Same with the newspapers--pro China, pro Taiwan, one for Chinese-Vietnamese, etc.

by Anonymousreply 3309/11/2020

The best Szechwan food I’ve ever had is in a strip mall in northern Virginia.

by Anonymousreply 3409/11/2020

NYC easily.

by Anonymousreply 3509/11/2020

I live in NYC and thought the Chinese food here was the best in the world until I went to Montreal, Canada. Toronto, Atlantic City, and Boston have excellent Chinese food, as well.

by Anonymousreply 3609/12/2020

Great now I am craving a New York style eggroll! They are so good but hard to find in Los Angeles.

by Anonymousreply 3709/12/2020

west duh

by Anonymousreply 3809/12/2020

How is the Chinese food in Chicago?

by Anonymousreply 3910/18/2020

The worst is in Alabama.

by Anonymousreply 4010/18/2020

I think pretty much anywhere on the west coast has better Chinese food than NYC.

by Anonymousreply 4110/18/2020

China Town in Los Angeles.,

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by Anonymousreply 4310/18/2020

R21, Chinese friends tell me that Southern California's SGV competes with Vancouver for best Chinese food in the Americas. Bay Area friends say theirs is up there, too, but I haven't tried enough variety to make any educated comparison.

by Anonymousreply 4410/18/2020

Derry, Maine.

by Anonymousreply 4510/19/2020

R34, location?

by Anonymousreply 4610/19/2020

NYC used to be #1 but times have changed. It's now the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California.

by Anonymousreply 4710/19/2020

Wherever there's a delicious Panda Express!

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by Anonymousreply 4910/19/2020

PF Cheng's is everywhere!

by Anonymousreply 5010/19/2020

Which region of China has the best USA food?

by Anonymousreply 5110/19/2020

Best food is your taste liking only cannot give fact on that.

by Anonymousreply 5210/19/2020

Not Atlanta, that’s for sure. Lots of Southeast Asian food available around here plus a decent amount of Korean, but limited Chinese food options.

by Anonymousreply 5310/19/2020

Completely disagree on NYC. There is a LOT of mediocre Chinese food here. SGV of LA was far superior when I lived there.

Not chinese, but randomly - Dallas has some of the best vietnamese food I've had outside of Vietnam.

by Anonymousreply 5410/19/2020

Skinny Atlas

by Anonymousreply 5510/19/2020

Any frozen section at Walmart

by Anonymousreply 5610/19/2020

Las Vegas.

by Anonymousreply 5710/19/2020

New York hands down, but I did have some delicious Chinese food in Nashville.

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by Anonymousreply 6004/27/2021

This thread has caused me to soil my afternoon caftan!

by Anonymousreply 6104/27/2021

Rockville, Maryland, used to be the best place in the DC area, especially as Chinatown got gentrified into Penn Quarter, but I haven't been there in some time. And as someone stated above, there are some good places in NOVA.

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by Anonymousreply 6204/27/2021

Not Iowa 🤢

by Anonymousreply 6304/27/2021

Suburban Toronto, suburban Vancouver.

by Anonymousreply 6404/27/2021

Hands down, Queens, NYC.

by Anonymousreply 6504/27/2021

San Francisco.

by Anonymousreply 6605/04/2021

Well, it certainly isn't western Connecticut. I can't believe all they have out here is Cantonese.

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by Anonymousreply 6705/04/2021

St Louis, gotta get you some Chinamen!

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by Anonymousreply 6805/04/2021

Anywhere but Seattle!

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by Anonymousreply 7005/04/2021

Wherever there is a P.F. Chang!

by Anonymousreply 7105/04/2021

Danville, VA

by Anonymousreply 7205/04/2021

DC has the worst Chinese food I’ve ever had, San Fran is the best

by Anonymousreply 7305/04/2021

Any city with a Din Tai Fung.

by Anonymousreply 7405/04/2021

Anything that has Cream of Sum Yung Gai

by Anonymousreply 7505/04/2021

San Bernardino

by Anonymousreply 7605/04/2021

[quote] This thread has caused me to soil my afternoon caftan!


by Anonymousreply 7705/04/2021
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