October 26, 2020

This Guy Can’t Hold a Pencil But He Has a Spreadsheet of the 6,000 Chinese Restaurants He Has Eaten At

Oh, and we're telling you about him because he is a lawyer/CPA:

He doesn't use chopsticks, he doesn't like eggrolls, and his wife thinks the whole idea is "silly," but third-generation Chinese American David R. Chan has made a point of eating at almost 6,300 Chinese restaurants across the country over the course of 33 years.

It all started in 1969, when Chan, a CPA and lawyer who's now 64, took an Asian studies course at UCLA that inspired him to better connect with his culture. And he'll quickly point out that his quest is not about the food, although of course by now he has some fairly strong opinions on where to go.

Chan insists despite dining at so many Chinese restaurants, he's not a foodie. But he is, apparently, really anal.

Since the early 1980s, Chan said he has recorded all restaurants he has eaten at on a spreadsheet organized by name, street and year visited. He's also kept the thousands of business cards, menus and credit card receipts from the restaurants.

Then he got his first home computer with a database program. "I went back and tried to recreate where I had been," said Chan. "I went through the credit cards slips, business cards, went to the public library and phone books to see where I had been and started filling it out thoroughly."

As "a CPA and an attorney, it seemed like the natural thing to do," he said.

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