Chinese Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    In an Underserved East Dallas Neighborhood, Sykamore Brings a Healthy Spin on Chinese

    The corner of Crutcher Street and Haskel Avenue has been pretty sleepy the past few years. I've passed this small standalone building hundreds of times now on the way home from the gym and for the longest time a sign out front offered hamburgers and other pedestrian specials. It just didn't look wel ... More >>

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    December 23, 2013

    Dallas' 5 Best Chinese Restaurants

    Christmas is getting close, which means you should be finalizing your plans for Christmas day dining. Many of you still cook at home, frittering away over some roast that you'll likely mess up, but you should ditch the goose, forget the crown roast of pork and let someone else do the cooking for onc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Monkey King Noodle Co., a New Noodle and Dumpling Spot, is Open in Deep Ellum

    Deep Ellum has an interesting new restaurant: Monkey King Noodle Co. has taken over and transformed the stand-alone building at 3014 Main Street that use to house Santiago's. Andrew Chen is the "noodle master" and chef of this new spot, and he says they're already rolling into soft-opening phase ("s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, No. 23: Jeng Chi

    Leading up to our annual Best of Dallas® issue, we're counting down the 50 most interesting restaurants in Dallas. These spots bring something unique or compelling to the city's dining scene, feeding both your appetite and soul. Find more interesting places on our all-new Best Of app for iTunes or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    I Saw Who Killed Lucky Cat At Royal China On Chrismas Day

    The tradition has nothing to do with my roots but I've made it my own. Every Christmas Day that I find myself alone, I assemble a loosely coupled family of other orphans in need of holiday plans. Some can't work out the logistics required to navigate crowded airports and rental cars, and some just c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    At China Mex, the Dream of Fusion Power Is Still Just a Dream

    China Mex Grill 8367 Park Lane 214-468-4645 Times I shook my fist at the China Mex menu: 25.4 Number of shrimp I ate (out of a possible 500): 2 When China Mex opened in the old Taco King location on Park Lane, I was optimistic. I have giant-lazy-Susan love for Chinese food, and Mexican food knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    A Visual Guide to Kirin Court's Dim Sum

    It was Easter Sunday, and I wanted to eat breakfast like I would if I were with family. So I trekked out to Kirin Court in Richardson for dim sum. There's a lot going on during dim sum, carts racing around the dining room with waiters hawking their goods (usually in Chinese) and dish after dish of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Rice Bowl's Menu Writes Checks Its Food Can't Cash

    Rice Bowl Express, 11419 Garland Road, is fast and cheap. How could Cheap Bastard not love it? By eating there, unfortunately. Times I was like, "Is that a hooker? Yes. Is that also a hooker? Yes.": 12 Trucks in the Fiesta Mart parking lot next door count: 21 I've driven past Rice Bowl Express a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Royal Wok: Ignorance is Bliss, Unless You Can Read Chinese

    Each week, the Cheap Bastard goes looking for a new place to eat a meal for less than nine million dollars. This week, she rolls the dice at Royal Wok, 2560 Royal Lane, 972-488-8282, and doesn't crap out. At least not right away. Massage parlors nearby count: 18 Waterfall mural count: 1 The news a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Sing Kee Chinese BBQ's Rock Fish Hot Pot: The Perfect Dish for Waiting Out the Rain

    ​Last night my family and I putzed around Richardson looking for some decent ethnic eats. I Yelped and I Googled and I finally decided that Sing Kee Chinese BBQ looked like a decent spot for a late meal. When I walked through the door, the clouds swelled behind me, and by the time I sat down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Mentho-Lyptus Peppercon Will Light Up Your Mouth

    ​"That's disturbing." I'd come to the Observer's weekly staff meeting with a small plastic bag of Sichuan peppercorns and passed them around the table. The spice isn't a pepper, but husks of a tiny fruit grown and consumed throughout Asia. When combined with real chiles and oil, the small po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Sushi & Rice Express: Alice Drives Through Like Evel Knievel's Bastard Child

    ​Sushi & Rice Express 8131 Forest Lane 214-575-7090 Other cars in the drive-through count: 0 Wet towels air-drying right next to the drive-through menu count: 50 Drive-throughs? Good. Sushi? Goooood. Put them together and you have Sushi & Rice Express. I slow-clap my chopsticks at you, Sushi ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    Walking the Wok at Asian-American's Birthplace

    Kristy YangR&G Lounge's humongous Dungeness crab. We'd hate to see the one that got away.​(Here's part two of travelin' woman Kristy Yang's Walk the Really Long Wok from the Bay Area. Coming up shortly, something about Asian food closer to home. Check out last week's California Wok here.) San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Chinese Love Lazy Susan, but I Can't Stand that Worthless Broad

    ​I'm going to lose some Asian points for this blog, so I'm just going to put it out there: I am not a fan of the lazy Susan. Why this rotating serving contraption was ever considered a good idea is beyond me. What is supposed to bring people together during a meal is actually quite an intimida ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    D'Vegan: Making Meatless Choices Easier

    ​For weeks, my newly born-again vegan friend had been badgering me to try a new restaurant called D'Vegan. Catering to the Vietnamese Buddhist vegetarian community, the restaurant is only six weeks old. The self-proclaimed "green" eatery sits in the food court space between Hong Kong Supermark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Lumi's Happy Hour's Enough to Make You Forget About the Parking

    ​Each week, Happy Eating highlights a different restaurant happy hour food menu. This week, it's dumplings and empanadas at Lumi. Where: Lumi, 3407 McKinney Ave. When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m., and reverse happy hour from 9-11 p.m. The Scene: Happy hour is available throughout the whole re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Can Royal China Be the Real Deal and Not Be in Chinatown?

    ​Is "authentic" Chinese cuisine within Dallas city limits a good thing? That was the question my friends and I were left with when we paid a post-Christmas lunch visit to Royal China last Sunday. The immediate answer would be "yes, of course," right? Driving out to the suburbs for an Asia ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2010
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    December 14, 2010

    Golden Joy does Chinese Barbecue Right, but with its Dim Sum, There is Right and Wrong

    ​A question I'm often asked is, "Where is the best dim sum in Dallas?" When it comes to this city, however, the question seems rather rhetorical, does it not? The common answer is always either Kirin Court or Maxim's, and not necessarily because of the quality of the restaurants. Both Kirin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    JS Chen's Crab Fried Rice: Tackling
    The Mythical Beast

    Photos by Kristy Yang​Maybe tackling JS Chen's prodigious crab fried rice the day after Thanksgiving wasn't such a great idea, after all. Wanting to refresh our palates from turkey and stuffing bombardment, boyfriend and I took a breather from our half-hearted Black Friday shopping to pay a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Foot Fetish: First Chinese BBQ's Duck Feet Weave Web of Goodness

    Try his feet with a side of sufferin' succotash (not available during wabbit season).​I'm a big fan of chicken feet. Chicken feet are the flavor-giving ingredient in my mother's matzo ball soup, and the first item I swipe from dim sum carts. But I'd never come across duck feet on a menu unti ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    June 30, 2010

    So, Why Do Jews Eat Chinese Food at Christmas?

    ​My graduate degree, like most, hasn't been good for much. But today -- and, I strongly suspect, today only -- it qualifies me to expertly parse the most attention-getting exchange of the Elana Kagan confirmation hearings. When Lindsay Graham yesterday pressed Elana Kagan to recall where she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    How About Them Knockers - J.S. Chens

    ​Delivering Dim Sum after 3:00 - 30 Dealing with my OCD - 20 Surprisingly Decent Dim Sum Delivered - 25 Chuckling cheeseburger remark - 10 Total - 85 J.S. Chen's Restaurant 240 Legacy Dr. #118, Plano 972.517.2332 It has been a long and unseasonably warm week in the City of Ate and I found mysel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    How About Them Knockers: Uncle Wok?

    ​Uncle Wok 8440 Abrams Road 214-343-6670 Promised time: 45 minutes Actual time: 40.5 minutes The Score: Ability to make my mouth water during ordering process: 20 Food arriving smokin' hot: 40 Nutritional Value: -95 Knowing that with a name like Uncle Wok, you have to open a restaurant: 100 ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2010
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    January 25, 2010

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Hong Kong Express

    "It was the Kung Pao."​Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Hong Kong Express4760 Preston, Frisco972-377-8850Promised delivery time: 45 minutesActual delivery time: 30 minutesScoring summary:Finding a place th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Pho From Home: Dim Sum (And Memories) At Kirin Court

    ​If you don't mind, I am straying off course this week. Thank you, in advance, for indulging me. If you're frustrated that I have yet to visit your preferred pho burb of Garland, Carrolton, or Haltom City, please remember that this is a long-term weekly blog about one very specific bowl of nood ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 9, 2009
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    July 6, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Wang's Chinese Cafe

    Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Wang's Chinese Café6033 Luther Lane214-265-1688Promised delivery time: 45 minutes Actual delivery time: 60 minutes Scoring Summary:Having all my info on file for an easy ph ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Chef House

    Chef House 4028 Cedar Springs Rd Dallas, TX 75219 (214) 528-2122 Promised Delivery Time: 35-45 minutes Actual Delivery Time: 30 minutes and that's with being lost The Score: Questionable brown sauce leaking from the bag : 2 Lost delivery guy turns out to be a hippie look alike: 30 And he was ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Words To Live By...

    "Why is cheese delicious on Italian food, but when you melt it on Chinese food, it's disgusting?" (Jason Jones, The Daily Show)

  • Dining

    September 11, 2008
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    July 24, 2008
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    May 8, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Review: Yao Fuzi Cuisine

    A pop and son duo bring authentic Chinese to Plano

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    You Dim Sum, You Lose Some

    After nearly 22 years serving dim sum, authentic Vietnamese cuisine and Americanized Chinese, Arc-en-Ciel in Garland has shut down. Owner Mickey Luu had grown tired of running the lackluster-ing 450-seat restaurant featuring Chinese (dim sum) and Vietnamese cuisine, said a source (Luu could not be r ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 27, 2007
  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Sooner or Later

    Rule No. 1 for putting Dallas rap on the map: Avoid skating rinks

  • News

    June 15, 2006
  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Chop Suey Syndrome

    Our restaurant critic travels to China to unravel the riddle: Why can't Dallas do Chinese?

  • Dining

    October 16, 2003

    Funny Valentino's

    It's Chinese food with a wink at this Oak Cliff restaurant

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
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    September 20, 2001
  • Dining

    October 10, 1996

    Distant lands

    Uncle Chow has the best Chinese takeout. Too bad it's take-way-out

  • Dining

    May 23, 1996

    Pure delight

    At Majella's and Palayok, you'll get your Filipino of fine imported flavors

  • Dining

    April 25, 1996

    Wok, don't run

    For Chinese take-out, Best A Round seldom delivers

  • Dining

    June 15, 1995

    Chinese quackers

    Joe Chow's May Dragon serves first-rate Peking Duck in stylish surroundings

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