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L.A. Now Live Chat about David Chan's 6,297 Chinese restaurants

April 22, 2013|By Frank Shyong | Los Angeles Times
  • David Chan knows Chinese food well, having documented eating in more than 6,000 Chinese restaurants.
David Chan knows Chinese food well, having documented eating in more than… (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles…)

Times reporter Frank Shyong and attorney David Chan will join L.A. Now Live at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss Chan's culinary journey to 6,297 Chinese restaurants

Chan, a third-generation Chinese American, has been keeping track of every Chinese restaurant he's dined at since the early 1980s. He grew up with little to no knowledge of his culture, and eating Chinese food became a way of discovering it.

Chan's appetite helped him discover unique slices of Chinese American immigrant life all over the nation. He's eaten green onion pancakes in Alaska, sampled a buffet in Nashville and consumed several regional varieties of Chinese food -- including chow mein sandwiches in New England, an egg foo yong burger in St. Paul, Minn., and a kind of cashew chicken that can be found only in Springfield, Mo.

INTERACTIVE: The road to 6,297 Chinese restaurants

In Chan's dining patterns, you can find a very rough approximation of Chinese food trends in Los Angeles -- beginning in Chinatown, spreading throughout the city and eventually concentrating in the San Gabriel Valley.

Eight of Chan's top 10 Chinese restaurants are in the San Gabriel Valley, and all 10 are in California. Check out Chan's picks here.

Join us on L.A. Now at 9 a.m. Tuesday for more of Chan's Chinese restaurant recommendations, Chinese American history and more. 

Questions can be submitted live during the event and tweeted to reporter Frank Shyong (@frankshyong) and to David Chan (@chandavkl). 

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