10 Best Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix
Okay, so we don't have a Chinatown in this city. But that doesn't mean you can't find delicious and authentic Chinese food in Phoenix. You just have to know where to look. Some of the city's best Cantonese restaurants might be hiding right in plain sight and if you're on the hunt for some harder to find cuisines (Dongbei cai, anyone?), we might have some of those for you, too.
Lauren Saria Fish hot pot from Chou's Kitchen.
From incredible dim sum to a one-of-a-kind dinner show, here are the best Chinese restaurants in Phoenix.
Lauren Saria Xiaolongbao from Chou's Kitchen.
If you know where to look it's not hard to find good Chinese food in the Valley. But finding another place that serves northeastern Chinese cuisine like Chou's Kitchen in Chandler? Well, good luck. This humble restaurant has plenty to offer on its menu of unique DongBei Cai delights and specializes specifically in doughy dumplings. We like to start with an order of the xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings. Chou's version offer a delicate wrapper that holds in a flavorful meat filling and a mouthful of precious juices. Continue your meal with a bubbling hot pot or an order of the cold noodles, an spicy dish that's actually served at room temperature.
King Wah Express
Heather Hoch King Wah Express wows with chef's specials and this short rib and eggplant hot pot.
You might know King Wah Express as Lucky's King Wah, but either way you refer to it, it means the same thing: flavorful, authentic Cantonese fare in a low-key Glendale strip mall. You may have heard about the chef's special at Lucky's, which pretty much means sit down and let the chef cook you something absolutely delicious suited to your allergy/spice tolerance. That's definitely the way to go at King Wah, but if you're not up for mystery, try out the sizzling, bubbling short rib and eggplant hot pot.Even the fried rice is the best you'll find in town.
China Magic Noodle House
Lauren Saria Beef noodle soup from China Magic Noodle House.
It's true, many people come to China Magic Noodle House for the show. But that doesn't mean that the food -- noodles and non-noodle dishes included -- isn't top notch. At this Chandler restaurant you'll watch as the talented chefs stretch and sling and toss and chop fresh dough into noodle form before it arrives at your table. You can choose from five types of noodles to be served in soups, fried, or smothered in sauces. We particularly enjoy the shaved noodles, which are hand cut from a piece of noodle dough. The thick, short noodles make for a perfect foundation for the saucy dishes.
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