Chinese food doesn't make national headlines very often, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a Chinese takeout-related story all over the news today. On Thursday, President Obama made a surprise stop in San Francisco's Chinatown while in town for a fundraising event. He went to Great Eastern Restaurant, and after a round of hand-shaking, left with two big bags of takeout.
Ever since I started working on my book, I've been super curious about which Chinese dishes famous people like to eat. (Hey, it's research!) Luckily, KTSF 26, a San Francisco Chinese-language news station, appeared to have gotten a photo of Obama's dim sum order, which fellow food writer Michele Humes shared on Facebook. The President was apparently a big fan of pretty much all the dumplings, plus the egg tarts, deep-fried crab claws, and deep-fried shrimp puffs (I get those cravings too...)
And changed his mind about the sticky rice.