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Regional Chinese roundup 1.0 (early 2014)


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Regional Chinese roundup 1.0 (early 2014)

hyperbowler | May 8, 2014 11:58 PM

With the recent addition of restaurants specializing in Xi'an, Guilin, and Northeast Chinese foods, now's an exciting time to be eating Chinese food in the Bay Area.

Here's a stab at characterizing the regional Chinese cuisines we have available to us. Please add restaurants I've overlooked or, even better, add regional cuisines that weren't included.

Caveat: It's rare for a Chinese restaurant to focus on one region's cuisine, and of course regions themselves don't live in a vacuum. Just do a search and you'll find lots of in-depth discussions of what characterizes these regional cuisines and/or makes these restaurants special.

I left out Cantonese and Hong Kong places because they are so numerous that they're better deserving of treatment by genre and quality. It would be nice to see that in a different discussion though.

The Bay Area has lots of weak spots. There's only a Yunnan or Fujian dish here or there, and nothing from Anhui. I couldn't find discussions of food from Hubei, Jiangxi, Qinghai, Ningxia, Henan, or Guizhou.

Here we go ...


= Xi'an (Shaanxi) =
House of Xian Dumpling (SF Chinatown)
Terra Cotta Warrior (SF Inner Sunset)
Xi'an Gourmet (SF Richmond)

= Shaanxi Biang biang noodles =
Imperial Tea Court (Berkeley)

= Hand pulled noodles (technique unknown) =
Mings Restaurant (San Bruno)
QQ Noodle (Milpitas, Cupertino)
Xi'an Gourmet (SF Inner Richmond)

= Shanxi knife shaved noodles =
Ancient Sichuan (El Cerrito)
Five Happiness (SF Inner Richmond)
Five Joy (San Mateo)
Sichuan Fusion (Richmond)

== TIBET ==
Cafe Tibet (Berkeley)
Tashi Delek (El Cerrito)

Some dishes available at:
Shandong Deluxe (SF Parkside)
Terra Cotta Warrior (SF Inner Sunset)
Xi'an Gourmet (SF Inner Richmond)

= Langzhou hand-pulled noodles =
Ark Restaurant (Alameda)
MY China (SF Union Square)

= Lagman hand-pulled noodles / Xinjiang Ban Mian =

Shandong Deluxe (SF Parkside)
House of Pancakes (SF Parkside)


= Islamic Chinese =
Chinjin Eastern House (West San Jose)
Darda (Fremont)
Old Mandarin (SF Outer Sunset)

= Beijing =
Beijing Restaurant (SF Excelsior)
Everyday Beijing (San Mateo)
House of Pancakes (SF Parkside)
Taste Good Beijing (Milpitas)

= Tianjin =
Tianjin Dumpling (Oakland, Chinatown)

= Hebei =
Yi Yuan (Millbrae, a Sichuan restaurant, but chef from Hebei)

= Other Northern and Jiaozi =
Dumpling Empire (South San Francisco)
iDumpling (San Mateo)
Kingdom of Dumpling (Outer Sunset)
Panda Dumpling (San Carlos, Redwood City)
Tianjin Dumpling (Oakland, Chinatown)
Town of Dumpling (San Mateo)

= House made bing =
Beijing Restaurant
House of Pancakes (SF Parkside)

China Village (Berkeley, owner of Shandong heritage, Shandong dishes mainly by special order)
Great China (Berkeley)
Palace Chef (Fremont)
San Tung (SF Inner Sunset)
Shandong Deluxe (SF Parkside)
Shandong Restaurant (Oakland, Chinatown)
Tong Dumpling (Cupertino)
Shandong Mutton Restaurant (San Jose)

Chef Yu (Oakland, Temescal)
Koryo Jajang (Oakland, Temescal)
San Wang (SF Japantown)

Bamboo Garden (Mountainview)
Chef Xiu (Mountainview)
Dongei Mama (SF Inner Richmond)
Guan Dong House (Cupertino)
Little Shen Yang (Union City)

Bamboo Garden (Mountainview)
Bund Shanghai (SF chinatown)
Dumpling Kitchen (SF Outer Sunset)
Five Happiness (SF Inner Richmond)
Jai Yun (SF Chinatown; the chef is from Nanjing and only offers a multi-course menu)
Lily's House (Lafayette)
Little Shanghai (San Mateo)
Melin House (Milpitas)
North China (SF Inner Richmond)
Old Shanghai (SF Inner Richmond)
Rice Valley (SF Sunnyside)
Sha Bistro (Fremont)
Shanghai Bistro (Millbrae)
Shanghai Delight (Milpitas)
Shanghai Dim Sum (Cupertino)
Shanghai Ding Sheng Restaurant (Milpitas)
Shanghai Dumpling King (SF Outer Richmond and Sunnyside locations)
Shanghai Dumpling Shop (Millbrae)
Shanghai Dumplings (Saratoga)
Shanghai Flavor (Fremont)
Shanghai Flavor Shop (Sunnyvale)
Shanghai House (SF Outer Richmond)
Shanghai Restaurant (Oakland, Chinatown)
Shanghai Winter Garden (Millbrae)

Ancient Szechuan (El Cerrito)
Chef Ma (San Jose, chef from Chengdu)
Chef Zhao Bistro (Mountainview)
Chili House (SF Inner Richmond)
China Village (Albany)
Da Sichuan (Palo Alto)
Da Sichuan (Palo Alto)
Fey Restaurant (Menlo Park)
Grand Hot Pot Lounge (SF Inner Richmond)
Little Sichuan (San Mateo)
Mama Ji's (SF Castro)
Mandarin Gourmet (Palo Alto, chef from Chengdu)
Sichuan Chong Qing Cuisine (San Mateo)
Sichuan Fortune House (Pleasant Hill)
Sichuan Fusion (Richmond)
Sichuan Home (SF Inner Richmond)
Sichuan House (Walnut Creek)
South Legend Sichuan Restaurant (Milpitas)
Spices / Spices II (SF Inner Richmond)
Spicy Empire (San Mateo) / SF Chinatown Pot Sticker and Spicy King
Yi Yuan (Millbrae)
Z&Y (Chinatown)

== HUNAN ==
Henry Hunan (SF chain/institution with a few Hunan dishes/ham, but mostly Chinese American stir-fries)
Made in China (SF Parkside)
Shao Mountain (Fremont)

== GUANXI ==
Guilin Noodles (Oakland, Chinatown)

== CANTONESE subsets ==

= Hakka =
Hakka Restaurant (SF Outer Richmond)
Ton Kiang (SF Outer Richmond)

= Chiuchow / Chaozhou / Teo Chow / Chinjiew =
Menkee Wonton (SF Outer Sunset)
Teo Chew Noodle Shack (Fremont)

= Vietnamese / Chaozhou =
Hai Ky Mi Gia (SF Tenderloin)
Lam Hoa Than (SF Sunset)

= Shunde =
Jade Garden (SF Outer Richmond)

Five Happiness (SF Inner Richmond)
Grand Harbor (Fremont)
Joy Restaurant (San Mateo)
Southland Flavor Cafe (Cupertino)
Spices I & II (SF Inner Richmond)
Spices III (Oakland)

== OTHER ==

= Vegetarian =
(trying to leave out places slinging fake meat + brown sauce)
Jai Yun (SF Chinatown; the chef is from Nanjing and only offers a multi-course menu)
Jyun Kang Vegetarian Restaurant (Ukiah)
Sogo Tofu (San Jose)

= Indian Chinese =
Red Hot Chilli Pepper (San Carlos)
Spice Kitchen (Newark)

House Of Xian Dumpling,
Terra Cotta Warrior,
Five Happiness,
Sichuan Fusion,
Tashi Delek Restaurant,
Shandong Deluxe,
House of Pancakes,
Darda Seafood Restaurant,
Everyday Beijing Restaurant,
Beijing Restaurant,
Taste Good Beijing Cuisine,
Yi Yuan,
Kingdom of Dumpling,
Great China Restaurant,
San Tung,
San Wang Restaurant,
Bamboo Garden Restaurant,
Inchin's Bamboo Garden,
Bund Shanghai Restaurant,
Dumpling Kitchen,
Jai Yun Restaurant,
Little Shanghai,
Shanghai Delight Inc,
Shanghai Dumpling King,
Shanghai Dumpling Shop,
Shanghai Flavor,
Shanghai Flavor Shop,
Shanghai House Restaurant,
Shanghai Restaurant,
Ancient Szechuan,
Chef Zhao Bistro,
Chef Zhao Bistro 老赵川菜,
Chili House SF,
Da Sichuan Bistro,
Fey Restaurant,
Grand Hot Pot Lounge,
Mama Ji's,
Sichuan Chong Qing Cuisine,
Sichuan Fortune House,
Sichuan House,
Sichuan Home,
Spicy Empire,
Spicy King,
Hunan Restaurant,
Henry's Hunan Restaurant,
Henry's Hunan,
Hakka Restaurant,
Ton Kiang,
Teo Chow Noodle Shack,
Menkee Wonton,
Hai Ky Mi Gia,
Jade Garden,
Grand Harbor,
Joy Restaurant,
Southland Flavor Cafe,
Red Hot Chilli Pepper,
Ming's Restaurant,
Imperial Tea Court,
Chef Xiu,
Little Sichuan Restaurant
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