In China, where Cantonese, Hunanese, and Sichuanese cuisine are included in the "eight great traditions" of Chinese cuisine, Dongbei cai, the food of northeastern China, doesn't even make the cut.
But at Travel + Leisure, it's another story --- especially when it comes to Chou's Kitchen. The cheery, unassuming restaurant of northeastern Chinese cuisine in Chandler recently made the magazine's list of Best Chinese Restaurants in the United States, coming in at number 19 out of 27 entries.
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Here's what Travel + Leisure had to say about Chou's Kitchen:
"Owners Tong Rizzo and Ping Chou originally hail from Liaoning in northeastern China, and that region inspires the cooking at Chou's, about 30 minutes outside of Phoenix. Not to be missed: the spicy braised beef, a crispy, fried dish served with chili oil, toasted peanuts and cilantro. Eggplant with potatoes and jalapeño is another standout, as are the hand-rolled wrappers, used in dumplings, buns and pies."
To see the full list, go to the Travel + Leisure website.