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Eat This Now: Tonkotsu Ramen from Strings Ramen in Chinatown

Dennis Lee 10 comments

I was excited to see the opening of Strings Ramen in Chinatown just a few doors down from The Phoenix Room. I got even more excited when I saw the menu only has four bowls of ramen on it, because I'd rather see a place with a few items it does well rather than a billion things it does a mediocre job with (I'm looking at you, Cheesecake Factory). More

Simplicity is Key at Sing's Hand-Pulled Noodles in Chinatown

Joe Roy Post a comment

By the time the cook is done hand-pulling the dough, he can run his fingers through it, but not before he's played it like an accordion, twisted it like a jump rope, and swung it like a sword.  More

Cai Embraces Fall with Pumpkin Congee and Corn Dumplings

Mike Gebert 3 comments

The last place you expect to find seasonal variation is in Chinese restaurants. It does happen, but to the casual observer, it's the same bell peppers and bok choy month in and month out. So I was immediately curious when Cai, a big dim sum hall in Chinatown, had pumpkin congee on its menu. More

The Brunch Dish: First-Rate Dim Sum at Cai

The Brunch Dish Matt Kirouac 2 comments

If you're hankering for a Sunday morning meal, and you just can't stomach the notion of syrup-soaked griddle cakes, dim sum is the way to go, and in Chicago it doesn't get much better than Cai. More

15 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's Chinatown

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Sticking under the $10 mark helped narrow the list down to the truly cheap, and I think it is better for it. These are the dishes to look for in Chinatown if you are really looking for a bargain. More

Order Like a Pro at Lao Hunan in Chicago's Chinatown

Joe Roy 2 comments

Culled from a dozen or so trial and error trips, the following dishes represent sure-fire hits when planning a trip to Lao Hunan. Admittedly, this is not a list of the most obscure, most adventurous dishes on the menu. Instead, it represents a palate-challenging (as opposed to alienating) crash course on dishes guaranteed to result in return visits. More

Wild Side: (Duck) Chin Up at Ken Kee in Chicago's Chinatown

Dennis Lee 5 comments

Duck chins are tough to eat, because there's just not that much meat on them, so dismantling the jaw and chewing on the bits results in a mess. I like to think of it as aggressively making out with a duck, except at the end, you eat its face. More

TGI Fry-Day: Salt and Pepper Shrimp at "Little" Three Happiness

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

I've tried my fair share of fried shell-on shrimp, but all I ever ended up with were impenetrable pieces of shell lodged in the back of my throat. But if done right, like the version served here, the shells transform into an extra crunchy casing, which shatter dramatically when you bite in. More

TGI Fry-Day: Deep Fried Mai-Tou with Condensed Milk at Sweet Station

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger 1 comment

Mai-tou (known mostly as mantou) are fried buns that look and taste an awful lot like doughnut holes. They are served with a side of sweet and syrupy condensed milk, which affixes itself so well to the mai-tou that it almost resembles Elmer's Glue (in a tasty way, of course). More

My 18 Favorite Dishes in Chicago's Chinatown (Non-Tony Hu Edition)

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 7 comments

There's great food everywhere you look in Chinatown, so where do you start? This year I decided to eat at as many of the non-Tony Hu Chinatown restaurants as I could. And there are a lot of them. More

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Chinese Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team 13 comments

Though we'd like to see more great Chinese restaurants around Chicago, it's great to realize how many options there truly are. We asked our contributors to pick out their favorite, and of the eight replies, seven of them were different. More

Deep Fried Chicago: Go 4 Food

Deep Fried Chicago Joe Roy 3 comments

Located off the busy strip of Old Chinatown, Go 4 Food is an oft-recommended non Tony Hu spot. This is an important distinction when trying to branch out in the area: the utter abundance of restaurants here makes finding a good one like the proverbial needle. More

TGI Fry-Day: Crispy Shrimp Rolls at Cai

TGI Fry-Day Nick Kindelsperger Post a comment

Sometimes a dish's name is so ambiguous you have no clue what it would look or taste like. Other times it so perfectly sums up the dish that nothing is left to the imagination. More

Five More Dishes We Love from Tony Hu's Chinatown

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 3 comments

Back in January, I spent half of the month attempting to eat at every single one of Tony Hu's restaurants in Chicago's Chinatown. But he does not rest, and since then he's opened up two more projects. I figured it was time to update my Chinatown-focused post with more picks. More

TGI Fry-Day: Hunan Style Crispy Eggplant from Lao Hunan

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy Post a comment

Purple Chinese eggplant is cut into wide batons, coated in a salty and spicy tempura-style batter, fried to a crisp, and tossed with dried red chilies and slivered green onions. The eggplant holds its shape surprisingly well, though each bite gives way to a smooth and creamy center. More

A Sandwich a Day: Portuguese Pork Chop Sandwich at Sweet Station

A Sandwich a Day Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

Sure, I was in Sweet Station in Chicago's Chinatown eating a Portuguese Pork Chop Sandwich ($3.95), but after one bite I was transported immediately to Madison Square Park in New York. Hang with me. More

Standing Room Only: Joy Yee Smoothie Station

Standing Room Only Nick Kindelsperger 9 comments

Not known as the best option in a neighborhood full of them, Joy Yee has a secret weapon that is almost impossible to deny: this place cares about blended fruit drinks. In fact, the massive restaurant even has a smoothie station walk-up window to help deal with the intense crush for the frozen delights. More

TGI Fry-Day: General Tsao's Chicken at Lao Beijing

TGI Fry-Day Joe Roy 1 comment

Large, irregular chunks of breaded and fried chicken, barely charred green and red bell peppers, crunchy baby corn, a few dried red chilies for good measure, all swimming in a viscous pepper seed specked brick red sauce. Spooned over the accompanying steamed rice, the dish was comforting in it's familiarity, but self assured in its preparation. This was no ordinary carry-out General Tsao's Chicken. More

My 14 Favorite Dishes from Chicago's Chinatown (Tony Hu Edition)

Nick Kindelsperger 6 comments

Choosing my favorite dishes from Tony Hu's restaurants was not an easy thing to do, especially since there were about a dozen dishes not featured here that almost made the cut. But the following dishes are the ones that I can't stop dreaming about. More

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