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Richmond - Golden Palace ... no pupu platter, but the have chow yuke

rworange | Mar 24, 200611:54 PM

Has anyone been to this American Chinese restaurant on MacDonald that at some time in its past was a Polynesian restaurant?

I drove by after dark one night and it looked nice inside in a shiny clean diner with booths and a lunch counter sort of way. So I dashed in for a take-out menu today at lunch.

The do a pretty good business. I am guessing in part due to prices ... chicken fried steak $3.95, hamburger $2.25, BBQ pork vegetable rice plate $3.95, bean cake soup $3.95.

Also, it caters to the neighborhood that isn't Asian and is looking for Chinese-American food which is almost classic

Steamed rice plates
Egg foo yung
Chow Mein and Chow Fun
Won Ton & Noodles soup
Chow Yuke
Fried Rice
Sweet & Sour
American dinners

I know that this is right up there for a good number of my Latino in-laws as the type of Chinese food that makes them happy. If anyone has been there, I'd appreciate knowing if it is any good for what it is, so I don't have to do a taste test.

This if the first time I remember seeing Chow Yuke. Is this the same as Chow Yoke (courtesy of Google .... did you mean chow yoke?)

I'm guessing this is some sort of American invention like chow mein. If it is the same as chow yoke, there is a connection to the Polynesian roots of the place because I find a few references on the web to old style Polynesian restaurants that serve pupu platters and chow yoke.

So what is chow yuke/yoke. This is not a chow joke. And how is the chow at Golden Palace. Good for its category or not?

Link: http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1627,1...

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