After Cecilia Chiang’s pioneer Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, The Mandarin, closed in 2006, a longtime fan went to an auction and bought items for $ 25,000: paintings, seats of brown bar and piles of old menus that were believed to be remnants of the famous restaurant.
For 14 years, Nee Lau carefully kept items in stock. You could say that Lau is a super fan of Cecilia Chiang. When he opened his own Chinese restaurant in Menlo Park this year, he named it the Mandarin, although there is no official affiliation. Many dishes take inspiration from or directly recreate Chiang’s cuisine, an ode to the woman who died last fall.