I've been eating at Hong Min, Emperor's Choice, and Phoenix, for ages. [It has been at least eleven years in the case of Hong Min.] Its time for me to branch out. Does anyone have recommendations?
I noticed that Lao Sze Chuan made the most recent Zagat Survey. Anyone tried it?
N.B. My leanings are toward the exotic. I'm not squeamish.
If you're looking for something that tends towards the unfamiliar, try Kim Yen on Cermak. Really delicious Chinese-Vietnamese food, great clams, and lots of really unusual REAL Chinese and Vietnamese food (chives in blood and other unusual stuff). The staff can help you select stuff if you're unsure what to look for (choose from the Chef's specials at the beginning of the menu for the unusual dishes). Plus, it's a great value, many things on the menu are very substantial and range around $6.--Jeremy
When I'm visiting Chicago, I try to hit Moon Palace, north side of Cermak just a little past the firehouse for a simple repast of well-seasoned hot & sour soup, steamed dumplings (the crescent shaped ones), and I also like "laun mein in special sauce" (i.e., hot noodles in a spicy, sticky peanut/sesame sauce). This is not too exotic, but delicious for workaday fare.