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Jonathan Gold declares Chinatown LA's next big food destination. We search for the origins of General Tso’s chicken and talk to two American born restaurateurs who are trying to serve it to customers in Shanghai. Plus, a food writer files an official complaint against "oriental-flavored" ramen.

Photo: Wicked Delicate Films

Is Chinatown LA's Next Big Food Destination? 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. He recently wrote an article for the paper declaring Chinatown the hottest restaurant district in Los Angeles. Here is a list of the newcomers as well as some of his old favorites.

New comers:
Cognoscenti Coffee
Pok Pok Phat Thai
Little Jewel
Champ Ramen

Oldies but Goodies:
Lucky Deli for roast duck
Buu Dien for "the best bahn mi in town"
Full House for Salt and Pepper shrimp at 2am
New Kamara for Cambodian noodles
Kim Chuy for peanut noodles, fish balls and fried leek cakes

The Man behind Chinatown's Restaurant Boom 7 MIN, 18 SEC

George Yu is the Executive Director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District. He discusses the meteoric rise of LA's Chinatown and how the neighborhood can honor the past while ushering in the new.

Music: "Lentil" by Sia

Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America 9 MIN, 46 SEC

Yong Chen is the author of Chop Suey, USA. The UC Irvine historian takes us back over a hundred and fifty years and explores the journey of Chinese restaurants in America.

Music: "Lujon" by Henry Mancini

Chop Suey, USA

Yong Chen

The Search for General Tso 9 MIN, 50 SEC

General Tso's chicken can be found on every Chinese menu in America, but who was General Tso? Filmmakers Ian Cheney and Jennifer Lee set out to find the origins of the dish in their film, The Search for General Tso.

Two Restaurateurs Are Introducing Crab Rangoon and Orange Chicken to China 8 MIN, 8 SEC

Fung Lam and David Rossi are the duo behind Fortune Cookie, an American Chinese restaurant in Shanghai. They are attempting to introduce American favorites like sweet-and-sour pork and crab rangoon which are as foreign as apple pie to Chinese customers.

Music: "A Shot in the Dark"

The Problem with "Oriental" Ramen 8 MIN, 17 SEC

Lucas Peterson is a food writer based in Los Angeles. In an article for Lucky Peach.com he challenges Nissan Foods for using the word "Oriental" to describe their ramen.

We also discuss the controversy that ensued when Peterson wrote about an elote (corn) vendor in Lincoln Heights for Eater.com. Some food writers accused him of "Columbusing" and bringing unwanted attention to a beloved, but illegal, vendor in East LA.

Music: "Swimsuit"

Market Report 4 MIN, 49 SEC

Laura Avery is the market manager for the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. This week she talks to Michael Fiorelli, chef and partner at Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach. He is roasting whole carrots and using the carrot tops to make a pesto.

Arturo Reyes grows the carrots that Fiorelli likes from McGrath Family Farms. He brings three colors of the carrots to the market year round.

We've got a recipe for Michael Fiorelli's Carrot Top Pesto on the Good Food blog.

Music: "Ooooh" by De La Soul

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