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Posted: Mar 28, 2008 2:48 pm
 
theres not much great chinese around here, but i think i've zoned in on the best ones. usually the all you can eat buffet ones blow. also if they have latino cooks they usually suck.
discuss...
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 2:58 pm
 
Low end chinese is the worst. They use the nastiest grade of chicken available and if the ingredients are cheap, it's usually a good indicator of overall sanitation, etc. My stand by order is kung pao chicken. If it comes out with all dark meat, then its usually going to be shitty.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 3:23 pm
 
yeah dark meat chicken, frozen vegetables, etc. if its a buffet i always look at it before deciding if i want to eat there or not. size doesnt matter. some of the better chinese buffets ive eaten at have been tiny, but they keep the food fresher by making less.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 3:26 pm
 
Price is a good indicator. Usually those places that have $5 lunch specials are going to use inferior ingredients. Places that buy their egg rolls pre frozen are going to be suck ass too. Spaghetti noodles used for lo mein noodles= bad too.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 3:49 pm
 
I don't give a damn! If it's cheap, and it's fried, I'm GONNA EAT IT!!!!

ALOT OF IT!!!!!!!

Sometimes I eat a couple of eggrolls at the buffet while I'm piling my plate (which is never big enough) sky high with wontons, sweet & sour chicken, drummies, and everything inbetween, except for soup. That shit is gross!

This is my favorite:If I see a shrimp dish, I like to take out all the shrimp, and leave everything else behind.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 3:51 pm
 
i think everyone does that.

my wife makes awesome authentic spring rolls, the shit they have at buffets is garbage, as is their egg drop soup usually, and the fucking fried rice with frozen peas and carrots.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 3:56 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
i think everyone does that.

Not if they're behind me in line they don't.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 4:12 pm | Edited by: Paul Lips
 
Yeah! About the fried rice. Chinese restaurants that use peas in fried rice usually suck ass.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 4:14 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
Sometimes I just get stacks of eggrolls(at least 10 per visit).
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 4:42 pm
 
If there are no Chinese people eating there, it's a sign the place is probably lousy. The "there should be the appropriate ethnicity eating in the ethnic restaurant" rule is truer than ever with Chinese food. Chinese people will totally eat at a place that isn't "authentic," but they generally won't eat there if it's of cruddy quality.

Another big problem with Chinese food is the quality control. Not only can you order the same item at 10 different places and get 10 almost completely dishes, you can go to the same place 10 times and get 10 almost completely dishes. Kung Pao and Chow Mein are usually pretty reliable, but I've even had some pretty wacky dishes come when I've ordered those items. I generally try and stay away from chicken at cheaper Chinese places, unless it's deep fried, as the cheapo places seem to use some really cut-rate looking chicken pieces. There's often a lot of unknown bits floating around in there.

For Chinese buffets, with few exceptions, it's not gonna be great. But if you just want to make a pig of yourself for cheap (like I often do) and not get sick, take a look at the buffet first.

This is my favorite:If I see a shrimp dish, I like to take out all the shrimp, and leave everything else behind.
Thanks to you, there are a lot of places that put a limit on how many servings you can get of the shrimp dishes. At the buffet near where I work, almost everything is self-serve, but they actually have ladies behind the buffet to distribute the shrimp dishes, so folks don't hoard the shrimp. An outrage!
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 4:50 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
so folks don't hoard the shrimp. An outrage!



That's why it's my favorite!
I'm not making any friends at the chinese buffet by a long shot. My way arround that is to pick out all the shrimp on my plate, and leave the rest on another table.
Then it's time for the next go-around. I bet I've made at least 12 return trips before, and thrown up in the ladies room at least twice, maybe 4 times.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 4:56 pm
 
no buffet here would be in business if they limited the shrimp. some places have tried not putting out fresh ones until people leave, those places are now extinct.

when my favorite manitowoc chinese buffet opened recently, the people were very rural chinese with little knowledge of food standards. they got shut down because they put a refrigerator at one end of a hallway with the door open, and then stored all their meat in the hallway, expecting the refrigerator to keep the whole hallway cool!
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:10 pm
 
when my favorite manitowoc chinese buffet opened recently, the people were very rural chinese with little knowledge of food standards
This kind of stuff exists in practically every Chinese restaurant in America. They're notoriously filthy. I think the proprietors just bring their old-world food hygiene standards with them from China and have a hard time adjusting, even after the health dept shuts them down.

House of Nanking in San Francisco is this world-reknown place in every SF travel guide ever printed. It's always packed with tourists and locals alike. And the food is generally really good. But at the same time, it's probably the filthiest restaurant I've ever seen. The kitchen doesn't look like it has ever been cleaned. And most of the filth is in plain sight of the patrons. I don't understand how it stays in business, let alone remain so popular.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:14 pm
 
yeah. filth is usually an indicator of good chinese. one place i really like here is a place called rice king. i usually order their meat substitutes in whatever i get because they taste better than the real meat. dunno why.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:21 pm
 
meat substitute=rat, bat, or whatever else they catch in back. bug guts, floor sweepings, etc.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:22 pm
 
i agree. it helps if there's actual chinese people eating the food. another good sign is if the waiters are mean, or it can be. as well as knowing the fact that almost every chinese restaurant is usually not very clean.
but good good chinese food is amazing...
i can't eat at weirdo buffet ones. they really sick me out
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:22 pm
 
rat, bat, or whatever else they catch in back. bug guts, floor sweepings, etc.

I'd eat the HELL outa that shit!!!
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:23 pm
 
they really sick me out

More for ME!
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:26 pm
 
yeah, i'm picky about the chinese food...
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 5:28 pm
 
the taste at least...
cleanliness and service are not the factors for me. when its good, its good.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 6:38 pm
 
There is no good Chinese food in Portland, Oregon.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 6:40 pm
 
the filthiest restaurant I've ever seen

Filthier than Tu Lan?
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 6:51 pm
 
there was a guy here who didnbt understand the stir fry bar concept, he wrote a hilarious review saying "raw meat!" over and over, like "the salad bar was all chopped vegetables and raw meat!". what a dummy! didnt even notice the giant gas grill standing right behind it, bell or tip jar. his whole family couldnt figure it out, but they ate anyways and then didnt want to pay.

stupid americans!
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 8:23 pm
 
when i say meat substitute i mean soy and wheat gluten
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 8:58 pm
 
the filthiest restaurant I've ever seen

Filthier than Tu Lan?

I haven't been to Tu Lan in a while, but it didn't strike me as being as filthy as Nanking. Another filthy Asian restaurant in SF is Cordon Bleu, but it's practically immaculate compared to Nanking. I'd love to eat at any of those places tonight, though.

there was a guy here who didn't understand the stir fry bar concept,
Those stir fry bar/Mongolian BBQ/hot pot things are a good way to go for Chinese buffets, if available. Not only is the food fresher than the stuff sitting in a steam tray, it's harder for them to slip some nastiness by you since the raw food isn't covered with sauce yet.
Posted: Mar 28, 2008 9:05 pm
 
yeah and if you can balance it in that bowl they can't charge you extra. i learned that secret when i saw some guy crushing all the frozen meat into the bowl into the most dense pre cooked stir fry ever.
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 12:05 am
 
I can't do it. I went to one of those Chinese Buffet places not too long ago with jerryd and his kid. They had "sushi" and "dimsum" also. I didn't venture there, but the rest was still so completely foul. I think I mainly stuck with the ginger brocolli picked free from the industrial grade beef, which is reminiscent of that sliced Whiskas in a can.

Personally, I stick with Vietnamese and Thai places.
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 12:15 am
 
wheat gluten

Is it authenic Chinese if it's poisoned?
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 3:27 am
 
any country that produces cardboard buns and lead toys, i dont know if id trust their soy...
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 9:50 am
 
memphis is pretty lacking in good chinese food. there's so much good vietnamese food, i don't even bother with the chinese stuff here.
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 1:11 pm
 
chinese food is a weird one. its very rare to get the real thing...i usually eat the best of what i'm surrounded by.
love vietnemese too. i like any of it. i just want it to be the real thing...
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 1:34 pm
 
Another filthy Asian restaurant in SF is Cordon Bleu

My favorite!
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 1:46 pm
 
I like La Choy chow mein, and their mini eggrolls!

To die for!

I bet I could eat more La Choy mini eggrolls than any of you fat asses on this board!
Posted: Mar 29, 2008 6:58 pm
 
Thanks to you, there are a lot of places that put a limit on how many servings you can get of the shrimp dishes.
The Chinese restaurant I've worked at for many many years used to have crab legs on the buffet. One night a party of 4 morbidly obese people came in for the buffet and alls they ate were the crab legs. It was funny seeing my boss flip out after they left, because he actually lost money that night.
Posted: Mar 30, 2008 3:20 pm
 
One night a party of 4 morbidly obese people came in for the buffet and alls they ate were the crab legs.

That's classy.
Posted: Mar 30, 2008 4:21 pm
 
I witnessed the same crab legs incident once in Las Vegas. These people must have gone back 5 or 6 times with heaping mounds of crab legs piled on their plates.
Posted: Mar 30, 2008 11:10 pm
 
Crab legs and chinese buffets bring out the worst behavior in people. I let a 90 year old lady in front of me on crab leg night right after they brought out a fresh batch.

She took them all. She's also probably dead now, so I guess I win.
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 7:48 am
 
That's classy.
They were a ton of fun
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 9:23 am
 
yeah, I think all the chinese buffets here have crab legs (do people even eat crab legs in china?) it is hilarious to watch when they bring out a fresh tray of crab legs, it's kinda like seeing someone put out a giant bowl of raw meat to a pack of hungry dogs. I pretty much stopped going to those places as I ALWAYS regret it afterwards.
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 9:25 am
 
although I think any pizza hut buffet is 1000 times more disgusting than even the worst chinese buffet.
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 10:43 am
 
although I think any pizza hut buffet is 1000 times more disgusting than even the worst chinese buffet
Word. It always sounds like a good idea beforehand, and later it's "Damn you and your greasey shit PIzza Hut!"
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 10:56 am
 
i'll go to any chinky buffet if they have have char sui pork. and they ALL do!
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 1:04 pm
 
it is hilarious to watch when they bring out a fresh tray of crab legs, it's kinda like seeing someone put out a giant bowl of raw meat to a pack of hungry dogs.

I've seen that happen.

although I think any pizza hut buffet is 1000 times more disgusting than even the worst chinese buffet.

It was great when I was homeless for 4 months (13 years ago).
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 1:25 pm
 
there was a popeye's buffet here when I first moved to new orleans.

great idea, in theory. the reality was not so great.
Posted: Mar 31, 2008 1:49 pm
 
for some reason buffet style places are huge here
Posted: Apr 1, 2008 1:00 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
I just polished off a whole jar of mayonaise.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 11:48 am
 
buffets here have crab legs


that defrosted king crab they serve has almost no flavor. have never understood the attraction to eat a ton of this.

I almost prefer the krab.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 12:29 pm
 
I DEFINITELY prefer the krab.

The only reason people like those crab legs at the buffet is it gives them an excuse to eat unlimited amounts of drawn butter (which is probably not even real butter). steaming those things like they do makes them completely nasty in my opinion, most of the time the shells are all soggy and the meat is falling apart. nast.

a couple weeks ago I cooked some of those king crab legs on a grill and they came out pretty good though.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 1:17 pm | Edited by: miss linda
 
These gluttonous feinds overindulge because they see crab legs as something they would never buy in the grocery store.They're expensive, and they wouldn't have the slightest idea how to cook them because they're too lazy to learn how.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 1:19 pm
 
the king crab legs on the buffets up here are great and not at all falling apart or nast.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 3:23 pm
 
I've had Horse Shoe Casino......or was it Fitzgerald's Casino( I forgot which one) but it was a seafood buffet.The King Crab legs were so good I went back for a few more.

If I were trapped in a marrage, and lived in Tunica county Mississippi, I'd be blowin' my retirement money in those Casinos all the time.
Posted: Apr 2, 2008 7:29 pm
 
These gluttonous feinds overindulge because they see crab legs as something they would never buy in the grocery store.They're expensive, and they wouldn't have the slightest idea how to cook them because they're too lazy to learn how.

Huh? Crab usually arrives to the grocery store already cooked. I just toss the king crab legs on a cookie sheet and into the oven about 300 degrees for a few minutes.
Posted: Apr 3, 2008 1:00 am
 
If I were trapped in a marrage, and lived in Tunica county Mississippi, I'd be blowin' my retirement money in those Casinos all the time.
but why wait?? blow it all now
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