What I learned eating at 8,000 Chinese restaurants

David R .Chan

David R Chan

Many people in America love Chinese food, but David R Chan is perhaps in a league of his own.

Mr Chan, a 72-year-old former tax lawyer based in Los Angeles, claims to have dined at nearly 8,000 Chinese restaurants across the US and counting. Each is archived in a spreadsheet that he has maintained for four decades, along with thousands of restaurant business cards and menus.

If you visit one Chinese restaurant per day, it would take more than 20 years to reach his current count – 7,812 restaurants.

From pineapple buns and pork belly to chicken feet and tea-smoked duck, the Chinese restaurant “collector” documents his food conquests almost daily on his social media accounts.


Though his food journey started as part of a search for his identity as a Chinese American, Mr Chan said, over the years it has become itself a chronicle

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Astronauts Make ‘Best Space Tacos Yet’ With Key Ingredient They Just Learned To Grow

Call it one tasty leap for mankind.

Astronauts figured out how to grow a chile pepper in space for the first time, NASA announced. The crew aboard the International Space Station celebrated successfully growing green Hatch chiles — a type of pepper found in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley — in microgravity by whipping up a batch of space tacos.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur checks Hatch chile plants.
NASA astronaut Megan McArthur checks Hatch chile plants.

Astronaut Megan McArthur shared photos Friday of what she called her “best space tacos yet” on Twitter. The Mexican-inspired meal consisted of fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and a Hatch chile grown on the ISS. Sadly, no green cheese from the moon was available for grating atop the space tacos.

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