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Looking for decent Chinese take-out in West Edmonton.

I live in West Edmonton. With teens in the house, it would be nice to fill them up with take-out Chinese on a Friday after work. We have had no luck, however, and usually end up with mediochre fare. Any recommendations?

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  1. Cheers:

    Good luck. I moved out to the west end in approximately '91 and have yet to find a spot that was consistently good and interesting. Prior to its closing I used to stop at North China on Jasper Avenue just before you turn north on 124 St to bring my take out from what is effectively downtown or Garneau out to the west end due to the absence of local options.

    The closest find was LENG's in the Belmead Shopping Centre, a small neighbourhood strip mall west of 184 Street and north of Whitemud. I just googled it and it appears to be still in operation. It was pretty good but it has been a number of years since our last visit so it could not have been that interesting.

    I definitely would not recommend Lee Garden which used to be in a similar location but I think has now moved up to Mayfield Rd.

    Lengs was definitely take-out or delivery. Just a few seats in front of the counter is you were not waiting in your car whereas at Lee I usually awaited the brown paper bags to be delivered to their lounge.

    I tried several "incarnations" at the various shopping centres in Callingwood and although a selection or two might have been ok, overall not worth going back.

    I had a couple of dine in meals at the Pepper N' Chilli up toward Mayfield Rd and they were not bad but similarly I have been back in quite some time. Same thing for the larger restaurant in Lessard Mall.

    I have had the dim sum recommended to me at Jumbo but have not been nor do I know if they operate all week, if they do take out and if so, is it limited to dim sum. Another small family operated spot in that area for dim sum is on the western side of Mayfield in the same strip mall as the ABC Family restaurant. It was recently recommended to me by folks who live in the Hamptons and drive into what is for them the eastern fringes of west Edmonton to get dim sum. Again do not know about the other selections and whether they "translate" if bringing home for Friday nite dinner rather than eating in. I expect dumplings and the like would not benefit from steaming en route home.

    Another potential option might be Hoang Long [sp?] which is predominantly Vietnamese and has an outlet in the "da Mall" as well up at the south-eastern corner of 100 Avenue and 170 Street.

    If you do find one, I would be interested in hearing about it.

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    1. re: Bob Mac

      Jumbo operates every day of the week and serves seafood, meat, rice, noodles, etc. Basically similar dishes to Golden Rice Bowl. And yes you can order ahead and take out.

      1. re: anonymoose

        And sorry, I should add that dim sum is not served at night, although I think there may be one or two dim sum-type items on the evening menu under the appetizers.

      2. re: Bob Mac

        I have gone to Jumbo for dim sum, but not for supper. But I would think they would have takeout food.

        We usually order takeout from Chopsticks in Callingwood because it is so close. I usually order a chow mein dish and braised tofu from there (for a 4 year old palate). But I wouldn't recommend their beef and tomato dish - it's done much better elsewhere.

        Another place you might want to check for possible takeout is Cha for Tea Palace (Stony Plain Road, near Superstore). We had supper there once, but my parents ordered a set meal off the Chinese menu, so I couldn't tell you what the typical takeout food would be like. But we noticed that dim sum was still served in the evening via menu.

      3. Another place you can try is Chun Kee. They're on Stony Plain Road and 159/156 street (can't remember which one) It's kinda run down, but they do have good chinese food you can take out and they're open late.

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        1. re: EWL168

          It's actually Chin Kee, I believe.

          1. re: anonymoose

            Yup, Chin Kee. Love their deep fried fish skins, taiwanese-style sticky rice, and all the noodle dishes are done really well.

            1. re: taiphun

              Their soups aren't too bad either.

              If you like their food you may want try Ah Chin's Kitchen in the south side (very small, make a reservation). That's where the original chef (Chin, of course) went and opened after leaving Chin Kee and C&S Seafood.

        2. Cheers, any luck in finding a decent Chinese take-out in the west end of Edmonton? I too live in the west end (who would have guessed?) and have teens in the house and am very fed up with bringing home inedible Chinese food from yet another questionable restaurant.

          Our latest disaster was from Moon Palace, which is strangely located in the Albert's Restaurant in the Howard Johnston Hotel on Stony Plain Road. Just getting the take out order was an experience, especially at night in that location, and the ladies of the night were very active around our vehicle. Unfortunately the quality of the food mirrored the quality of the restaurant and we have another location to strike from the list.

          I don't want to drive too far from our west end residence (closer to downtown than WEM) as I find the food quality suffers too much after a long drive. Jumbo's, for example, is usually good but it is too far away. How is it possible that given the huge population of West Edmonton there are so few good Chinese take-outs?

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          1. re: West End Will

            check out Cha for Tea palace on stoney plain and about 180st. they are great!

            1. re: cleopatra999

              I have mixed feelings about Cha for Tea, especially for Dim Sum (although I have never tried them for takeout). When it comes to Dim Sum, we were regulars at Jumbo's for several years, but then the quality seemed to slip. When Cha first opened we became regulars there and were more than pleased with the food and the service. However, as so often happens with new locations things seemed to fall apart at Cha after a year or so and the quality and service suffered. The last time we were there (about 6 months ago) the prices were higher, the food was mediocre and the wait for food carts was much too long. Perhaps the most telling thing was that the once packed seating for Dim Sum was almost empty on the day that we were there. Perhaps others had noticed the decline as well. We have now returned to Jumbo's and have very few complaints about them (except perhaps the lineups to get in, but then that is a good indicator of the popularity of the place).

            2. re: West End Will

              Hey, W.E.Will. I almost fell off the chair while reading what you wrote! We are STILL trying to find a decent Chinese take-out place and are experiencing disaster after disaster. Then, about 3 weeks ago, we received a flyer in the mail with a Chinese food menu from a place in the HoJo Hotel on Stony Plain Road. With great hope, I phoned in my order and told my sweetie I was off to pick up Chinese from a new place I'd heard of. He asked where it was located and when I told him, he insisted on going with me. I thought he was being ridiculous but he wouldn't let me go alone. I waited for a few minutes in the dingy, dark Albert's Restaurant for the order to be ready. There was so much food that it all had to be packed in a huge box. "Wow!", I thought! "All this for only $35! " My sweetie had the car waiting for me at the front doors and in the time I was gone he had witnessed 2 drug transactions and been approached by a hooker. We got the hell out of there and went home to eat. The food was so horrible that even the teens didn't like it and we threw most of it out. Sigh
              I will not give up. Somewhere out there is a little gem that we have yet to discover. In the meantime, we are going to keep testing new locations while keeping the Pepto-Bismal handy.

              1. re: Cheers

                Give up. This is the worst city I have lived in for Chinese food. It's all crap. Maybe not totally inedible, but nothing better than mediocre. For a city of close to 1 million people, it seems odd...

              2. re: West End Will

                If you want someplace closer to downtown then you should try Chin Kee if you haven't already.

                1. re: anonymoose

                  Thanks, anon, we will perhaps try out Chin Kee next time. We have driven by the location and were somewhat discouraged by the appearance of the place. It also doesn't help that it is right across the road from Moon Palace that I wrote about earlier - not a great neighbourhood. I have looked on line for some (any) reviews of Chin Kee but could not find any, although there have been some good comments about it on this Board. Has anyone tried it lately? I understand that Chin, the chef, has left and I am wondering if this has affected the quality of the food? As Dan G so pointedly noted, it seems odd that in a city of one million people all we can achieve is mediocre Chinese Takeout.

                  1. re: West End Will

                    WEW
                    What are taiphun and anonymoose- chopped liver? If you check their posts it is obvious that generally they know what they are talking about. We are happy with the take-out from Saiwoo Gardens in Chinatown and i can think of at least of a couple of places in Edmonton which do a decent job. Maybe it is a west end problem but i would try Chin Kee , Cha forTea, and Jumbo, as a minimum, before arriving to a conclusion.

                    1. re: felix the hound

                      P.S. Thanks for the defense. :)
                      Too bad this site doesn't have a PM system!

                    2. re: West End Will

                      Chin left years and years ago. The restaurant changed a bit but is still one of the better places in the West end. Yes the neighbourhood isn't great but park in the lot in front of the restaurant and you should be fine. There are lots of families with little kids who eat there; they just don't let them run around outside by themselves.

                      And here's another question that probably should have been asked at the beginning; are you looking for more authentic food or for Canadian Chinese because if it's for the latter then we have been giving you recs for the wrong places.

                      1. re: anonymoose

                        Chin supposedly has been the chef at Ah Chin's Kitchen in the last few years- check my posting at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/445258 for good and bad news.

                      2. re: West End Will

                        DO try out Chin Kee- I read this post today, looking for good hot and sour soup- my goto soup with a cold- just not a chicken noodle girl...I have driven past this restaurant for years and never popped in -thinking it was a dirty greasy spoon diner'-- NOPE, just like the restaurants in china town, chinese 'chinese food' 4 pages in just chinese writing, none of the gross canadian chinese food- Great hot and sour soup, terrific- I mean the BEST green onion cake this city has these days and veggie spring rolls! They even have peach chicken and prawns- I am going back!
                        Thanks to this thread I finally found a good chinese restaurant in west edmonton and I have lived here for 28 years!
                        thanks Chin Kee!

                  2. I am chinese and live in West Edmonton. I would recommend a chinese restaurant called Dragon Palace that has excellent authentic chinese food. They are a gem located in a strip mall on 177St. and 98A Ave. You can eat in or take-out but no delivery.

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                    1. re: lovechinesefood

                      Do they have a fairly complete English menu that resembles the Chinese menu?

                      We Gweilos have this problem when at authentic Chinese restaurants. For instance we had a lot of trouble convincing the server at Delicious Delicious (Stony Plain and 155 St) that we were not interested in ginger beef and beef and broccoli ( xi lan, not gai lan) It truly exasperates me.

                      The assumption seems to be that we will not like the food and tell other Gweilos

                      1. re: felix the hound

                        We Chinese people who don't speak very good Chinese also have this problem. ;)

                        1. re: felix the hound

                          Yes, they have a English menu that resembles the Chinese menu:)