10 Best Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Fish hot pot from Chou's Kitchen.
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.

From incredible dim sum to a one-of-a-kind dinner show, here are the best Chinese restaurants in Phoenix.

See Also: 10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Xiaolongbao from Chou's Kitchen.
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.

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Heather Hoch
King Wah Express wows with chef's specials and this short rib and eggplant hot pot.
King Wah Express

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.

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Lauren Saria
Beef noodle soup from China Magic Noodle House.
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.

Location Info

Lucky's King Wah

4306 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

China Chili

302 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

King Wong Chinese Food

2545 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Asian Café Express

1911 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wahsun

8056 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

China Magic Noodle House

2015 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Chou's Kitchen

910 N. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: Restaurant

New Hong Kong Restaurant

2328 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nee House Chinese Cuisine

13843 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Great Wall Hong Kong Cuisine

3446 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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112 comments
Willie Lopez
Willie Lopez

Says the guy who lives in Panda Express (Healer)

Rachel Prystie
Rachel Prystie

I've always loved Golden Phoenix and Golden Wok.

David James
David James

Agreed, and I'm surprised to see the comment about their slow service. I've yet to experience that, but I'm always there for dinner or take-out, never lunch.

kaysonj
kaysonj

This list is a bit weak. Siu Wok on Central is amazing. Szechwan Palace on 44th is awesome as well. China Chili = Over rated mess. The dining room is like a high school cafeteria.

Julie Baker
Julie Baker

The Prime! It's the best in the Valley.

Katie Victoria
Katie Victoria

Noodle and rice on cactus near cave creek!!! Soooo good--Thai and Chinese.

Amanda Favela
Amanda Favela

Golden Moon on 15th ave & van buran. Hands down.

Just Joe
Just Joe

Surprised Desert Jade didn't make the list. Always fresh and delicious...

Marshall Wilmot
Marshall Wilmot

China Chili deserves its' spot on this list. Delicious! I've been going there since it was a hole in the wall on Central. Congrats!!

Veronica Sanchez
Veronica Sanchez

New Garden in Downtown Phoenix is my favorite Chinese place.

Cynthia Leyva
Cynthia Leyva

Thanks for sharing. Have only been to China Chili, and forgot about the Great Wall. Have to try the others.

Pauliejuanakraquer
Pauliejuanakraquer

This list needs Super Dragon, Golden Phoenix and Big Wa.. Good, non-hipster Chinese food

Suzanne Davis
Suzanne Davis

Sing High downtown Phoenix. ...Iron Chef in Queen Creek

Dan Penton
Dan Penton

What about Autumn House & Desert Jade? Both are far better than China Chili! Last time we went there service was slow (as always) and the staff was so rude. There's no atmosphere or anything so extraordinarily great about China Chili that makes it worthy of a top 10 spot on any list except on how to improve

Quentin Dampier
Quentin Dampier

Chinese food is ok. A bit different from what I'm accustomed to on the east coast.

Sj Bloom
Sj Bloom

china chili is fantastic!...dont know when this reviewer went there, but the service speed is way above average.... super fast in my experiences

Maggie Romero
Maggie Romero

Desert Jade: sit down. Hole in the wall take out: Happy Food

Jennifer Underwood
Jennifer Underwood

Pink Lotus is probably the most disgusting Chinese I've ever had in my life. Mings Pagoda at 19th and Cactus is where it's at!

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