Chinese Breakfast in Las Vegas?
- Larry Jul 11, 2007 10:25 AM
I've gotten it into my head that I should try a Chinese breakfast during my next trip to Las Vegas. One possibility is Emperor's Garden, but the few (breakfast) reviews I've seen have been mixed. New York New York's Chin Chin Cafe might be another possibility; its web site says it's open for breakfast, and I've requested a breakfast menu to see what kind of food is offered. That's all I've been able to find, other than the occasional breakfast item (e.g., congee) available at lunch time.
Are there any other possibilities?
Technically, Dim Sum is not Chinese breakfast. Emperor's Garden does a good job with Chinese breakfast. Food has clean aftertastes and is cheap (around $2 or less) salty rice rolls, green onion pancakes, sweetened soymilk and big fried dough sticks.
Pho Kim Long is one of the closest Pho places in relation to the Strip, but unfortunately it is easily one of the least flavorful broths in Chinatown. Seems as the farther down Spring Mountain Road you go, the better the Pho. Pho Que Huong and Pho So #1 are much, much better, cheaper and actually have Asian customers. (Pho Kim Long is always full of tourists because of its location.)
Oh yeah, bring cash - the Pho places generally hate accepting credit cards!
I thought Sam Woo BBQ on Spring Mountain might open early for congee and noodles, but I'm not entirely sure. It would seem that at least one of the restaurants in or near the Chinatown mall, be it Sam Woo or Cafe Noodle would open early. Also I think Kim Long, a Vietnamese/Chinese place at 4023 Spring Mountain opens in the morning for Chinese and Vietnamese noodle soup.
Pho Kim Long has since changed its hours and is now open 24/7. Tried their chinese chicken congee with You Tiao last night . The congee had an understandable vietnamese twist to it. I came with a side of fresh bean sprouts, sliced jalapeno and a quarter of a lime. Garnishings were lots of scallions(which I liked) and toasted garlic. Overall, it was OK. Anytime of the day that I crave for a hot bowl of congee with chinese donut, then this place will be highly considered.
Chin Chin is a sort of mini buffet - steam table style eggs, bacon and a small selection of egg roll/dumpling type things sitting out under a warming lamp. It's easy and quick but not worth a special trip.
I finally got a response from New York New York about Chin Chin Cafe's breakfasts:
"Chin Chin has a breakfast buffet Mon -Fri 7:30am to 11:00am and Sat & Sun
8:00am to 12:00pm. Our menu consists of two types of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, bbq pork, fresh fruit, yogurt, otatoes, chicken hash, yang chow rice, mini egg rolls, mini pork pot stickers, mini egg foo yung, french toast, and assorted pastries. It also includes your choice of juice and coffee."
I was pretty amused when I saw the email - the response arrived forty days after my query!