The king of Chinese restaurants

How many Chinese restaurants have you been to? A few? Maybe a dozen?

For L.A. attorney David Chan, that number quickly skyrocketed, currently sitting at a preposterous 6,297 (with more still to come).

But Chan didn’t always have Chinese cuisine, reviews for which he keeps collected in a massive spreadsheet cataloging his travels and meals:

As a child, Chan hated Chinese food. The few times his parents would drag him to Chinatown restaurants like Lime House for banquets, he’d sulk over a bowl of plain rice. Home-cooked dinners were American standbys like meatloaf and spaghetti.

If Chan didn’t feel Chinese, it was partly by design.

"I think my parents wanted to protect me," Chan said. "I was pretty much raised as an American."

And for those looking to follow in his footsteps (at least for a little while), here are Chan’s personal top 10 restaurants.

Read more about Chan’s culinary mission here.

Photos: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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