Originally posted by senor boogie woogie
I am an American teaching English in China. In my five years being here, I have noticed quickly that Chinese food is not the same in the United States as it is here. That's a given. Maybe one day, my Chinese wife from Zhejiang province, China will want to visit me. I don't want to tell you where I live, tell me where the good authentic Chinese food is for her.
My wife will hunger for some real Chinese food and a taste of home. Basically, a Chinese restaurant where there is no buffet, all food is set out at the middle of the table (with a Lazy Susan preferably). A restaurant that proudly sells chou dofu and any other wierd stuff that very few Americans have been exposed of, much less eat on a plate.
OK. There are many, many such places in the Bay Area including many in San Francisco itself. There have been other threads here naming some of them. Basically, if you walk through Chinatown (Stockton or Grant Sts) or the Richmond District (outer Balboa and inner Clement Sts.) you will encounter plenty of Chinese people as recently arrived as your wife and restaurants serving them. If you decide to visit SF, let us know and we'll work a bit at specififc suggestions.
A place where you order Kung Pow chicken, and the staff has no idea what in the hell you are talking about.
This is going to be a lot harder because the Chinese people running restaurants are not stupid. They are good business people and while they may serve the things unknown to westerners that you crave, they will usually also serve things that many of their western customers expect. This IS the US after all. Typically what I have noted is that there's the printed menu for western customers and then there's the menu posted on the wall, in Chinese with no translation, for Chinese customers.
A place where one can get a dining room for themselves and their guests. A real Chinese, from China place.
In SF, this is doable but usually the rooms are fairly large and they won't have a room for just you and your wife.
Chinese give very excellent service and going to some of these restaurants is a dream. When I get a digital camera, I will take real pictures of " Roadfood" in China. A whole new dimension.
Please do. But, honestly, since I've lived in San Francisco for 23 years and also spent time in Vancouver's large and growing Chinatown (like I said, both of these communities have huge numbers of recent immigrants from China, Hong kong and Taiwan and have whatever restaurant options those people want), I really doubt I'll see anything in the pics that's "a whole new dimension" but rather I would expect to see a really great example to something with which I'm aquainted.