Top Chinese Restaurants of Chicago
The restaurant scene in Chicago really is just top notch. The wide variety of offerings in the city are enough to rival any place in the world. When it comes to Chinese food, there are a few spots that must be added to any itinerary when making a trip to Chi Town. For anyone in Chicago looking to treat themselves to some of the best, most authentic Chinese cuisine around, I have found a few places that always deliver when it comes to traditional flavor. Keep reading to learn about the top Chinese restaurants in Chicago.
With locations scattered all over the Chicago area and its surrounding suburbs, MingHin has a menu that features something for everyone. They boast many traditional Cantonese options including one of my favorite:dim sum. On weekends, I like to visit here for some of the traditional dim sum dishese like BBQ pork buns or one of the most tastiest dish: siu mai. When I visit on a normal occasion, I like to start out with their skewered beef on a stick and I know what you're thinking. Why try out something that's not conventional for a Chinese restaurant. It's because their skewered beef on a stick here is very popular and the flavor is amazing. For the adventurous types, they offer a huge selection of live seafood. My favorite is the salt and pepper Dungeness crab. Of course, those who are not so adventurous will have plenty of more recognizable options such as egg rolls, pot stickers, and General Tso’s chicken. Noodle fans will also not be disappointed. They offer all the greats from vermicelli rice to stir-fried udon noodles.
What I recommend: dim sum options or their crab
Location: 2168 S Archer Ave Chicago, IL 60616
Serving up traditional Hong Kong style barbecue offerings in the Chicago area since 1987, Sun Wah is a great place to take the whole family for some good ole' fashioned Chinese food. They offer plenty of family sized entrees and are affordably priced. I recommend starting with an order of their steamed buns as the appetizer along with a Peking duck slice in the middle. For my main dish, I like their BBQ pork and duck on rice because it's a staple for dinner and they cook it really well here. For those who may not be in it for the barbecue, there are plenty of soups and noodle options to choose from. All of their offerings go great when washed down with an ice cold Tsingdao beer.
What I recommend: Peking duck
Location: 5039 N Broadway Chicago, IL 60640
Chef Stephanie Izard of Bravo’s Top Chef fame is the magic behind the amazing food at Duck Duck Goat. As the name suggests, they offer a house specialty Peking duck and a goat shoulder that are perfect for sharing. Their dim sum appetizers include all the favorites such as scallion pancakes and char siu pork bao buns. For the noodle fans, I recommend their glass noodles with seasonal vegetables. Be careful not to fill up on too much duck and goat because I insist you save room for dessert. Treat yourself to an order of their chocolate bao.
What I recommend: Peking duck or goat shoulder
Location: 857 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607
Chinese food is so much more than just rice and egg rolls, and these restaurants make sure to include many options. I encourage you to give one of these places a try and to branch out from the more well-known fair. Though the pork, beef, and chicken options are all fantastic, I suggest being a little more adventurous and the trying goat, duck, or live seafood options. I promise that whatever you choose will result in an experience that is both authentic and tasty.