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Kitchen Wisdom Of Cecilia Chiang

The Best Chinese Restaurant in America

When Cecilia first opened the Mandarin in 1960, business was slow—a bit like the scene from the movie "Big Night" where nobody shows up. But then Herb Caen, front page gossip columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote about the Mandarin and from that moment on, there were lines out the door. In 1967, Cecilia moved to the recently renovated Ghirardelli Square, where she opened an elegant, temple-like restaurant with 300 seats and white tablecloths. It was called the "best Chinese restaurant...
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  • program length: 30 minutes
  • episode #103

Tuesday, September 18 at 3:30 pm on 12.1


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