Authentic Chinese restaurants Near me
Black pepper beef with soy beans, corn, and carrots from New Hong Kong restaurant in 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.
From incredible dim sum to a one-of-a-kind dinner show, here are the best Chinese restaurants in Phoenix.
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.
At Hong Kong Asian Diner in Tempe, the owners roast whole ducks in a special oven.
Hong Kong Asian Diner
This family-owned and operated Tempe restaurant is a haven for Cantonese food lovers. Be sure to ask for the Chinese menu (you're likely to be given the American version if its your first time) and explore some of the Hong Kong Asian Diner's more uncommon offerings including deep fried taro-wrapped duck and garlic snow pea leaves. Some of our favorite dishes include the restaurant's version of Peking duck, which comes with fluffy white buns and pieces of crispy skin with a thin layer of flavorful fat, and whole steamed tilapia. The fish will be plucked out of the tank at the back of the room after you order and then cooked with ginger and onion and delivered to your table whole.
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.
Spicy, tangy kung pao shrimp at China Chili is a favorite.
Downtowners know to go to China Chili on any of the holidays that typically close other restaurants in the area, which is why every Christmas Eve it's packed full of people with an hour wait or more. Luckily, if you go at times, you won't be met with that kind of a wait, but there will be a steady buzz of folks dining around Lazy Susans and sharing plates of yu shiang chicken and salt and pepper pork chops. We like to start with a big bowl of meaty West Lake soup, but it's fair to warn that even during off times, the service at China Chili tends to be on the slow side. Good things come to those who wait.
Sweet and sour fish from New Hong Kong
New Hong Kong
If you drive down Indian School Road it's hard to miss the giant neon sign that reads, "Hong Kong Restaurant, " and advertises an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. But don't let the old school appearance fool you: this Central Phoenix spot is a go-to spot for top-quality Cantonese cuisine. The family-run New Hong Kong comes courtesy of Chinese chef Jian Yu and has both an American menu and a Chinese one. Smart diners will make sure they order of the latter. That's where you'll find authentic options like flavor-packed hot pots, pigs feet, and more. Less adventurous diners can opt for knock-out dishes including the black pepper beef, salt and pepper pork, and West Lake soup.
When it comes to take-out and delivery, King Wong totally rules.
There's arguably no sweeter family in the Chinese take out game than the one that runs King Wong. While we love supporting their family business, the restaurant's absolutely gigantic delivery area, cheap deals, and monster portions don't hurt either. Twice cooked pork, which just means double the tasty breading, is a favorite for lazy nights in and one entrée-sized order once made three filling meals for us. Call in your order and pick it up, or, if you live pretty much anywhere in East Phoenix including parts of downtown and Arcadia, you can just have them bring it to your door.
For fresh seafood, Nee House can't be beat.
For those who live in the north Phoenix neighborhood around Nee House, this restaurant is a blessing. Amid chains and fast food this spot offers a solid menu of Chinese cuisine with a few remarkably good and authentic dishes blended in. You can definitely get your fix of Americanized dishes here, but skip them if you're feeling adventurous and go for something from the sea. The restaurant offers everything from sea cucumber to whole lobsters, which will be plucked from the tanks at the back of the dining room and prepared however you wish. Talk about fresh.