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Northern Chinese -- King Tsin?


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Northern Chinese -- King Tsin?

Ruth Lafler | Aug 20, 2001 04:06 PM

Various recent discussions about Northern Chinese food and Peking Duck had me thinking about "northern" Chinese food, and then I read an essay about Berkeley in the '60s that mentioned King Tsin (on Solano) and that it was the first Northern Chinese restaurant in the East Bay (opened circa 1969) and claimed it was one of the inspirations for the East Bay food revolution of the early '70s.

I believe it was the first "northern" Chinese restaurant I ever ate in (circa 1977), and it was our family favorite for several years. Their pan-touched chicken is still one of my all-time favorite Chinese dishes (and has never been duplicated).

I have no idea how "authentic" it is, whether it is still any good, or how it stacks up now against all the other places that came after it.


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