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When owner Will Soo had a number of baked potatoes left from a previous menu offering, he started experimenting with the idea of a loaded, baked potato stuffed inside a dumpling dough. The result was a new special Lucky Seb’s Dumpling Bar & Grill has offered since it opened in March.

South Korean foreign minister meets Chinese counterpart

HONG KONG (AP) — South Korea’s foreign minister met his Chinese counterpart in the southern Chinese city of Xiamen on Saturday, as Seoul seeks to improve ties with its top trading partner even as U.S.-China relations remain strained.

Ahead of the trip, South Korea’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong told reporters that he expected North Korea to be a key issue in talks with Wang Yi.

In his opening statement, Wang said China and South Korea will “seek a process for a political resolution of the Korean Peninsula issue,” as part of pursuing policies for permanent peace amid North Korea’s nuclear standoff with Washington.

Chung said both China and South Korea share the goal of “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.

He said South Korea asks China “to continue serving a constructive role in the stable management of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and achieving substantial progress in

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Best Local Chinese Food Monarch: Empress M

Premium Napa wines have long been enjoyed in China, so it’s only fair that gourmet Chinese cuisine finally arrived in Napa, thanks to entrepreneur and visionary, Margaret Wong, and her executive chef, Peter Huang. Yes, for ages there have been Chinese restaurants in Napa. But there has never been a Chinese restaurant in Napa as extraordinary as Empress M, which features eight distinct regional cuisines. That would be like a single U.S. restaurant offering food in the style of New Orleans, New England, the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast, the Deep South, California and Tex-Mex. Empress M offers food from Canton, Szechuan, Shanghai, Beijing, Hunan, Fujian, Jiangsu and Hui. Remember folks, China is larger than the U.S., with more than one-and-a-half billion mouths to feed and regional dishes for every taste.

Empress M is a theme restaurant that’s built around the life and legend of Wu Zetian, the

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Lido Chinese Restaurant to close after 30 years in OKC Asian District

The rumors are true: Lido Chinese Restaurant, 2518 Military Dr., will close next week when March ends. 

Much to the chagrin of my esteemed colleague Steve Lackmeyer, the 30-year-old restaurant that helped build the Asian District as we know it today is packing up its wonton soup, it’s claypots and vermicelli bowls and calling it a career.

Since December, rumors have swirled around social media about the future of the restaurant. Owner Eric Ly spoke with me briefly last week and confirmed he planned to close at month’s end.

“It’s time,” he said. “Thirty years is a long time.”

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Affects of COVID

A yearlong pandemic certainly took a toll, and frozen underground pipes earlier this year that disrupted service did not help. 

I’d hoped to sit down with Eric for a longer interview, but his

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