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Top Chinese Restaurants In Philadelphia

October 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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Siu Kee Duck House (Credit, Michelle Hein)

From your standard lo mein to innovative, fusion-style dishes and authentic Cantonese classics, Philadelphia’s Chinese restaurants will satisfy every person’s tastes. With these top picks, you can enjoy a lively night on the town, make a stop for some post-drinking grub or grab some takeout for a casual meal at home.

Han Dynasty
108 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1888
www.handynasty.net

With several Philly locations to choose from, you’re never too far from a Han Dynasty. That’s great news for Chinese food fans, considering owner Han Chiang’s Sichuan restaurant has won just about every award there is. Not only was Han Dynasty named “Best Chinese” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2013, it was also included in CNN’s Top 50 Chinese Restaurants in America and featured on both the Travel Channel and the Food Network. Order the Dan Dan noodles, an incredible mixture of noodles mixed tableside with crispy pork bits, spicy peppers and a sesame soy sauce. Or, if you’re going with a group of eight or more, try the tasting menu starting at $20 per person.

Buddakan
325 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-9440
www.buddakan.com

Arguably Stephen Starr’s best restaurant, Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine that fuses Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian and Thai influences. After recently celebrating 15 years in business, it’s still a Philly favorite. Standout items include the velvety edamame dumplings, grilled lamb chops and the jumbo shrimp pad Thai. Be sure to save room for the dim sum-style doughnuts – delectable miniature doughnut rounds that are rolled in sugar spices and served with chocolate sauce, blackberry jam and gingered cream cheese frosting. As you’ve come to expect from a Starr restaurant, the atmosphere is hip and lively, complete with a 10-foot Buddha. But if you don’t want to splurge for a big night out in Old City, Buddakan also delivers to just about anywhere in the city and offers great bento box lunch specials.

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Ting Wong
138 N. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-1883
www.phillychinatown.com/tingwong

While it might not be your first choice for a romantic date night, Ting Wong serves authentic, quick, no-frills Cantonese cuisine. This Chinatown spot is known for its roast duck, but the congee and wonton noodle soup are favorites of regular guests. For something different, order the Shanghai-style noodles. This off-menu dish has a bit of a cult following among those who know enough to ask for it. With pork, red wine vinegar and onions, it was praised by Philadelphia Magazine when Ting Wong won “Best Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown” in 2012. Bring cash along, as Ting Wong does not accept credit cards.

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Siu Kee Duck House (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Siu Kee Duck House
111 N. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-3075
www.siukeeduckhouse.com

Siu Kee Duck House offers traditional Chinese barbecue and special marinade sauce dishes that will make you feel like you’re in Hong Kong. While the food might make you forget you’re in Philadelphia, don’t expect to sit down for the full experience. Siu Kee is take-out only, so you’ll have to enjoy your roast duck, marinade beef steak and honey barbecue pork al fresco or at home. If you want a variety, the three-choice lunch box is your best bet.

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Shiao Lan Kung (Credit, Michelle Hein)

Shiao Lan Kung Chinese
930 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 928-0282

As one of many tiny spots in Chinatown, it can be easy to blend in with the mix. What makes Shiao Lan Kung a standout for those in the know is its noticeable cleanliness, the fact that it’s BYOB and its late hours. Here, you can satisfy your cravings until midnight or later just about every night of the week (though this spot is closed on Mondays). On top of all that, the food is great, too. The house specialty is salt-baked seafood, but other favorites include fried dumplings, beef chow fun and hot and sour soup.

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Michelle Hein is a copy editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer boyfriend would love to open.
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