Hollywood East Cafe Menu Cover & Menu

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leather, plastic, paper, ink
Closed: 13 × 10 3/8 × 13/16 in. (33 × 26.3 × 2.1 cm)
Open: 13 × 20 9/16 × 13/16 in. (33 × 52.2 × 2 cm)
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Gift of Janet Yu and Family
This dining room menu from Hollywood East Café lists an array of Cantonese and Hong Kong-style dishes developed by the restaurant's owner Janet Yu and her family. It includes traditional Cantonese dishes like Char Siu (Cantonese-style roast pork) and dumplings in XO Sauce (a spicy sauce made from dried scallops, shrimp , and Chinese-Jinhua ham that is popular in Hong Kong), alongside more “American-ized Chinese” dishes like General Tso’s Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork. This reflects both the diversity of the restaurant's clientele (both native Chinese and non-Chinese), and evolving taste in Chinese cooking in the Washington, DC region.
The menu also reflects Janet Yu's family history, as her parents immigrated to Washington, DC from Toisan, a city in China's Guangdong Province with a long history of migration to the United States. Among the restaurant’s specialties are dishes featuring Cantonese dried salted fish, an important ingredient in Southern Chinese cuisine and one that takes skill to prepare correctly. Hollywood East Cafe's menu was a fixture of the Chinese American community in suburban Maryland from 1990s to early 2020s.
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