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Where Is The Best Chinese Take-Out In The Twin Cities?

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  • Brian Jun 8, 2005 11:43 AM
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The best Chinese take-out I've ever had is from a little hole-in-the-wall place in Inver Grove Heights called Tailan. It's located on Cahill Ave. The BEST Pork Fried Rice you'll ever eat! I also highly recommend the chicken wings and the Chicken with Black Bean Sauce. Honestly, I've never had anything that wasn't good from Tailan.

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  1. Really?!? The few times I've eaten there I thought it was just OK. Although I don't think I order any of those you suggested. Perhaps I'll give it another try.

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    1. re: Sven

      The best Chinese take-out I have been to (not to imply that it is the best in the Twin Cities)is Eddie Cheng in Bloomington in the shopping strip that includes Best Buy. The restaurant is near the Lyndale Avenue exit.

      1. re: Luigi Sison

        The best Chinese in MSP is Shuang Chang in dinkytown, it is amazing. The chicken with mixed vegetables and the spicy baked scallops are my favorites. Their sauces are unique and spicy- the best way to enjoy is with a bunch of people ordering a lot of food, but it makes great take-out as well.

        1. re: Julie

          an acquaintance of mine dragged me to shuang chang soon after i moved here a couple of years ago. one of the worst chinese food experiences of my life (and i've had some bad ones). i do not understand how some places get and keep the high rep that they have, unless it's some form of undeclared charity. i've seen similar places in other cities, too, so it's not an msp thing.

          and to date, i haven't had any chinese in msp that i would recommend to anyone. maybe yummy the first month they were open, but that was a long time ago.

          1. re: Loren3

            When I want Chinese take-out, it's a comfort food thing. You can keep your steamed whole sea bass, chicken feet, etc. Give me good egg rolls, fried rice, some shrimp in oyster sauce, and the other fully-Americanized standards.

            That said, it's been hard to find really good Chinese takeout in the Twin Cities. Mandarin Kitchen in Bloomington is the best I've experienced. I was not terribly impressed by Ping's or Rainbow. What I really miss is hong sue chicken, a staple of Cantonese take-out in Chicago. Anbody know where to find that in the Twin Cities?

            1. re: Jordan

              Not exactly the same thing, but they do hong shu lobster at David Fong's that I've always enjoyed. They might do it for you with chicken, or you might want to try the lobster.

            2. re: Loren3

              I have to agree with you about Shuang Chang. I went to this place many times for lunch when I was at the U of M because it was the best of few options. Maybe it's vastly different for dinner, but I have always been surprised how this place and Rainbow are so highly regarded.

              Jeff Grann
              Roseville, MN

              1. re: Loren3

                Mandarin Kitchen is great - dinner two weeks ago was one of the best chinese meals i had in a long while. Love their dim sum - the best variety in town. My second favorite is Tea House (ordering from the Seschuan menu, of course). Shuang Chen is very very good - just stick to the specials in the white board. Yummy is the best option around Uptown. None of these are "american take out", thanks god=) I'm exited about my upcoming trip to China - then i think i'll know which place here best resembles mainland chow!

                1. re: Loren3
                  d
                  doo nay loh mah

                  i agree. the chinese food scene in MSP is miserable. including mandarin kitchen

          2. We get take out from the New Hong Kong Wok in Roseville. They have a huge menu but we usually stick with the "Seven Star around the Moon" and the Human Triple Crown. I like that this place uses quality fresh vegtables and they claim not to use MSG (gives some people headaches).

            Tip: Avoid the eggrolls.

            Jeff Grann
            Roseville, MN

            Link: http://www.newhongkongwok.com

            1. When I dream of good Chinese food, it is the Rainbow Chinese Restaurant's chicken lo mein. The sauce is so light and tasty, the vegetables fresh, and the chicken always perfect. Their steamed dumplings are also wonderful.

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                Angela Versalles

                The very best?.. try Broadway Chow Mein on Broadway Avenue in North Mpls... their special fried rice is packed with Chicken, beef, shrimp, pork, and crab! unbelievable!!!!

                Also try "Red Dragon" on 2100 Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis... great prices! they serve a killer Beef Lo-Mein!!!!

                1. Yummy is the only Chinese place that has Dim Sun on weekdays, although limited menu. Some of their best items for take=out (i.e. dim sum) are sticky rice wrapped in leaves, taro cakes and tofu skins IMO.

                  1. Egg Roll King in Apple Valley is really good!

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                    1. re: blakers

                      I would say Egg Roll King is average. The reason they are attractive is because they are very inexpensive. With that said I keep going back.

                      1. re: jaswany

                        I tend to find Egg Roll King way below average. There are plenty of other Americanized Chinese takeout places in the South Metro that rank better than ERK. That and under their most recently available MDH inspection they were notified that they shouldn't be using plastic grocery bags to store food (see here: http://www.lazylightning.org/document... for more

                        )

                        Hell, even Jade Island, which I found to be absolutely horrid was a step up from ERK. That said, I don't care for Americanized Chinese food in general but IMHO you're better off at Mei Fun, Lai Wah, or even Leeann Chin before you head to ERK.

                    2. I live in Dinkytown right now and am really not a Shuang Cheng fan. I greatly prefer Pagoda and Hong Kong Noodles for takeout, even Village Wok. I grew up in the Western Suburbs though, and I can definitely say that my favorite takeout in this area is Chin Yung in Maple Grove. Their schezuan pork (extra spice) and house egg rolls will probably forever define what I think of when I think of Chinese takeout. I grew up with a Korean mother though, so it's all about the Bulgogi!

                      http://www.chinyung.biz/

                      1. I'm surprised no one has said Evergreen on Nicollet. Loooooove this place. I usually get Chow Fun since I can't live without noodles for too long. :)

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                        1. re: debbie421

                          This thread is from 2005 -- Evergreen is a more recent arrival, yes?

                        2. Egg Roll King. Yuck.

                          I grew up with the pork fried rice at China Garden in Richfield.

                          An even guiltier pleasure is the almond shrimp at New King's buffet ($7.50 for a takeout container). Lightly fried and covered in some sweet creamy sauce.

                          Evergreen is a pleasure, but less of a guilty one.

                          1. Seafoood Palace on nicollet is pretty good. Rainbow, also on nicollet, is expensive but good. And village wok on washington ave is also really good.
                            Peking Garden's also not too bad.
                            http://pekinggardenmn.com/Duck.aspx