Man Who Has Eaten at 6000 Chinese Restaurants Cannot Even Use Chopsticks

One Los Angeles man has admitted that he has eaten at more than 6,000 different Chinese restaurants in the LA area over the past six decades, but amazingly cannot even use chopsticks.

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(Photo: AP / Charles Dharapak)A plate featuring steamed meat dumplings, spring rolls, sweet and sour pork, orange beef, General Tso's chicken, Szechuan shrimp, eggplant in garlic sauce, and combination fried rice are arranged on a plate Tuesday, March 20, 2007.

Los Angeles accountant and attorney David R. Chan loves his Chinese food, and is a professional reviewer for Chowhound. It total he has eaten at more than 6,090 Chinese restaurants in the Los Angeles area, and has the goal to dine at every authentic Chinese eatery around the city at least once in his lifetime.

Chan is organized in his goal, and keeps a clear spreadsheet of every single restaurant he has visited, to make sure they are crossed off his list. Over the top? Maybe, but you can understand how hard it must be for Chan to remember every single one of the 6,000 plus Chinese restaurants he has visited, seeing as the first recorded dates way back to 1951.

Alongside Chan's recording of where he has visited he will also add comments such as "dirt cheap" or "good and cheap." He has also explained how he keeps a record of his favorite dishes.

Astonishingly Chan does not know how to use chopsticks! He is a third-generation Chinese-American and just simply loves Chinese food.

Chan has commented to food writer Clarissa Wei in L.A. Weekly, "You can see the progression of Chinese food in Los Angeles, first centered in Chinatown, then openings in Monterey Park, Alhambra and Montebello, then further spreading to other communities."