There is certainly no shortage of Chinese food in Philadelphia. In fact, the bigger problem is finding the best among the many, many options. Use this list as a guide to highlight the very best places to visit for dim sum, Peking duck, and more Chinese food favorites.
Han Dynasty (Credit: Michelle Hein)

Han Dynasty (Credit: Michelle Hein)

Han Dynasty
Old City
108 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-1888

Manayunk
4356 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 508-2066

University City
3711 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-3711
www.handynasty.net

Han Dynasty is known for its bold flavors and extra spicy dishes. Each dish receives a rating between 1 and 10 for spice level, but you are welcome to ask to have the spice adjusted to suit your tastes. The Dan Dan noodles are a specialty combining noodles, peppers, sesame soy sauce and crispy bit of pork. Ideal for larger groups, Han Dynasty offers a family-style tasting menu for tables of eight or more that starts at $20 per person. This is a great way to try a variety of dishes at a reasonable price.

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
1022 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-1550
www.nanzhounoodlehouse.com

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House serves fresh noodles that are made to order in the authentic tradition of the city for which it’s named. Ropes of dough are stretched and looped to form delicate strands that are used in stir fry and soup. Soups all start with a clear broth made with chicken, beef and a mixture of ginger, cilantro, pickled cabbage and star anise. After that, you pick what else goes in. The house-special meatballs and beef brisket are two favorites. The menu is rounded out with a selection of appetizers and dumplings, stir fries, a variety of rice, sautéed veggies and a number of fresh smoothies. With everything under $10, it’s easy to fill up without spending very much.

Dim Sum Garden
1020 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 873-0258
www.dimsumgardenphilly.com

Dim Sum Garden offers authentic Shanghai cuisine, specializing in xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Chef Shizhou Da and her daughter Sally use a family recipe that originated in China and has been passed down through five generations. While the menu features a number of seafood, meat and chicken entrees as well as rice, noodles and soups, the fresh dumplings are the way to go. Order the crabmeat and pork dumplings and pair them with the popular scallion pancakes.

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Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 925-7532
www.sangkeechinatown.com

Sang Kee Peking Duck House has been a Chinatown staple since 1980, serving Hong Kong style cuisine made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. As the name suggests, the Peking duck is the house specialty. Chef Michael Chow’s Peking duck is prepared in the traditional Chinese method that is studied through apprenticeship. The duck is juicy with a lean skin and served in a dark, sweet gravy seasoned with plenty of spices and star anise. Other standout dishes include the roast pork, wonton soup and congee. Save room for the complimentary ice cream at the end of your meal.

Su Xing House (Credit: Michelle Hein)

Su Xing House (Credit: Michelle Hein)

Su Xing House
1508 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 564-1419
www.suxinghouse.com

This Rittenhouse Square spot offers Chinese dishes that are both Kosher and vegetarian. With a big focus on healthier choices, the menu includes a wide range of lighter fare along with fried favorites. Some of the most popular dishes include the General Tso’s tofu, sesame seitan and “vegetable heaven,” consisting of braised tofu, stir fried string beans and Chinese eggplant in a garlic sauce. The lunch specials are some of the best deals around including soup, rice, a side and an entrée for under $10.

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Michelle Hein is the social media 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 husband would love to open.
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