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10 Best Chinese Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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

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.

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Xiaolongbao from Chou's Kitchen.
Xiaolongbao from Chou's Kitchen.
Lauren Saria

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

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.

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

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.
Spicy, tangy kung pao shrimp at China Chili is a favorite.
Heather Hoch

China Chili

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.

Fish with XO sauce from New Hong Kong in Phoenix.
Fish with XO sauce from New Hong Kong in Phoenix.
Lauren Saria

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.
When it comes to take-out and delivery, King Wong totally rules.
Heather Hoch

King Wong

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 fresh seafood, Nee House can't be beat.
Lauren Saria

Nee House

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.

 

This preserved pickle with shredded pork soup is your new favorite-- trust us.
This preserved pickle with shredded pork soup is your new favorite-- trust us.
Heather Hoch

Asian Café Express

Asian Café Express is an institution of legit Hong Kong-style cuisine in Phoenix. If you're one of those naysayers that say you can't find it in the Valley, just simmer down and go to this restaurant off Main Street and Dobson in Mesa. There you'll find a bible-like menu of different dishes and dinner combo options, but don't be scared. Just crack open the big old menu and point at pretty much anything, you're sure to get the best of the best. For soup lovers, though, you absolutely have to try the preserved pickle and shredded pork soup with ho fun noodles. The fatty, decadent broth, hunks of pork, and thin noodles are pretty much the key to happiness.

Great Wall Restaurant offers some of the best dim sum in the Valley.
Great Wall Restaurant offers some of the best dim sum in the Valley.
Lauren Saria

Great Wall Cuisine

Do you know how we know Great Wall Cuisine has authentic dim sum? They have chicken feet. And even better yet, they're delicious. The rest of the dim sum spread is also impressive with towering piles of noodles, crispy egg rolls, and dumplings of all varieties. The restaurant attracts a pretty large Sunday morning crowd, so definitely be prepared to wait -- or go on Saturday when there are fewer people. The restaurant's regular dinner and lunch services are worthwhile too, with a giant menu of a la carte dishes from Americanized favorites to more authentic fare.

We dare you to find a more decadent roast duck in town.
We dare you to find a more decadent roast duck in town.
Heather Hoch

Wahsun

We won't sugar coat it--,Wahsun definitely doesn't wow in terms of ambiance. That means if you're looking for fancy décor and even background music, go elsewhere. However, if you're looking for an array of freshly made sauces with explosive flavor smothering perfectly prepared veggies, tofu, and meat all served in homey dishes, you've come to the right place. If you're not brought to your knees by Wahsun's roast duck, which is only $8 for a generous portion of half duck, you're made of stone. Seriously, that duck, which is spiced perfectly with heaps of Chinese five spice on its crispy skin, is a total showstopper.

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