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Dec 7, 2007 08:14 AM

Best Chinese Restaurants - Stamford CT

I am looking for excellent clean, not gloppy chinese that doesn't use MSG and delivers? Any great suggestions?

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  1. I moved out of Stamford a year and a half ago, but as I recall - Uncle Dai's on Atlantic does not use MSG and they do deliver. I remember them being pretty good when they first opened a couple yrs ago -however can not vouch for the present. Perhaps someone else can weigh in. In any event - here's a link.

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    1. re: amanda3571

      I am trying this place tonight for take out so I will let u guys know how it is! They were very sweet on the phone and were very patient and were not rushing me off which was nice! I am just hoping that the food is as good as the people were on the phone with me but I will definitely let u know!

      So I ordered a large wonton soup, Crystal Steamed Shrimp Dumplings, Happy Family and brown rice - which I love that they have brown rice b/c I don't know any other Chinese restaurants that have brown rice in Stamford. The soup was very good! I couldn't find any shrimp in the dumplings...they were very interesting..I think they had spinach in them but I couldn't find ANY shrimp at all!! As for the Happy Family, it is pretty good...has a lot of bok choy in it which I do not like at all and now I will remember to ask them not to put any of it in any of my dishes. I would say that the food is okay! I think I would want to try them out one more time...trying something different next time! I really like that they dont use MSG and are more healthy oriented.

      1. re: amanda3571

        coincidentally, jfood sneaked out of Safavieh while mrs jfood finished up and wondered to Uncle Dai for an egg roll. It was nicely cooked and did not burn the mouth. Unfortunately like Maroya, jfood noticed there was absolutely no teeny-weeny shrimp in the roll. It was tasty, did notleave too much of that oily after taste.

        The people were very nice and at 3PM on a sundaythere was about 30% full, which is a good sign.

        May try some real food next time mrs jfood shleps jfood to safaviah.

        1. re: jfood

 time you're dragged out to Safavieh, sneak over to Duo for sushi instead. It's right past the old Bank St Brewery.


          1. re: amanda3571

            Thanks A. He actually started walking that way but was hopeful that mrs jfood would be a little quicker.

            Have both Duo and Market on the January List.

            1. re: jfood

              jfood- very interested to hear a report on Market once you have tried it...

      2. There is no such thing as good Chinese food in Stamford. Every Sunday night we order in because I am too tired to cook and I am a slave to these crummy places. Westport, Darien, Greenwich have some decent places but not here in Stamford. I'd love to know about one but I do not think that it exists.

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        1. re: chefmo

          Chefmo: Where do you go in greenwich and Darien that is decent? Any places do peking duck?

          1. re: nbermas

            Many will agree with jfood that the best in the area is Ching's Table in New Canaan, no delivery (like everyother place in NC). Here's the web site:


            The jfood's head's up is they will rush you. Do NOT order all you dishes at one time. Order the apps, then ask for the menus and then order the entrees. Otherwise you might be in and out in 30 minutes. They also do a huge take-out. Their sister restaurant around the corner, Sushi 25, is very good and has both sushi and some of the same dishes (szechuan dumplings far superior at Ching's).

            But no Peking Duck, but some of the other duck dishes (Wok glazed ginger duck)are outstanding. This place loves shitakes.

            1. re: jfood

              Yes, Ching's is very good. Sushi 25 is OK, better than Plum Tree as far as sushi goes. I was never a huge fan of their Hunan Cuisine, better option is Taste of Asia, up the street (formerly Magic Wok).

              Both restaurants are owned by Alan and Jing Lee who also operate Wild Ginger in Ridgefield, Hunan Cafe in Wilton, and Penang Grill in Greenwich.

        2. Posting this thread from the New England board about an authentic-sounding Szechuan in Milford ... not Stamford, but still promising.

          1. has anyone tried that little chinese place on Hope Street next to the CVS? It's the one next to a small asian grocery?

            I wouldn't normally think it was any better than any other little place, but I stopped in to buy plain white rice (a different story) and I noticed they were hand making their dumplings in the back. that in my opinion warrants a return visit. I haven't made it yet, but maybe it's worth a try.

            I think the big thing with ANY chinese places around here is that anything that is going to be mildly authentic would probably either be on the written menu or not on the menu at all. The workers often are eating meals on their breaks that you can't order off the menu. But I think cracking that barrier would require a bit of finagling, charm and time...

            who knows.

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            1. re: adamclyde

              The restaurant window is soooo dirty that is very unapplealing already, have never tried it due to that. Sorry

              1. re: adamclyde

                Yes, I think it called Szechuan Dynasty? Good Shrimp W/ Lobster Sauce.

                1. re: adamclyde

                  Place is HORRIBLE! Go over to 1st Wok on Glendale ave I believe (right up the street from Nick's Pizza. Their food is best in area as far as I am concerned. Not delivery but very good food, and VERY reasonable.

                  1. re: LVI

                    good to know. thanks. Have you tried the dumplings there?

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      The Szechwan dumplings are VERY good. You can have as spicy as you'd like orr temper it a bit. They are similar to Chings but in all honesty, for the $ I like 1st Wok better. The place is pretty nasty inside but that doesn't stop me from dining there sometimes. My kids love it and some dishes (ie Orange Beef) just do not seem to travel well.

                      1. re: LVI

                        Who whoa whoa LVI. Are you saying that little place a few doors down from the pet food store has dumpling on par with Ching's? That is a very high compliment. Might be worth a drive by.

                        Interesting that orange beef does not travel well because that is one of the dishes jfood thinks of when he needs to shlep home food and then wait while the little jfoods get their act together. In fact orange beef the next day right out of the fridge is one of jfood's favorites.

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                    2. re: LVI

                      The place adamclyde was asking about is Hua Lin, a dirty place that reeks of grease. Szechuan Dynasty is up the road a bit and used to be good especailly for sit-down, but has gone downhill. Having grown up and spending most of my working life in NYC, I can attest that there is a paucity of good Chinese restaurants in Stamford. 1st Wok is OK, but the food lacks flavor. My favorite for take-out is Panda Garden in Bulls Head, around the corner from Home Goods. The food is tender and flavorful but not greasy.

                      1. re: Pasta Fazool

                        I have never eaten at Panda but I like the Thai places around better. Cleaner food and less grease. Thanks there is a very good one near Monster B's, don't know the name though (Chinese).

                        1. re: nbermas

                          What Thai places would you recommend and what dishes have you liked?

                          1. re: jfood

                            Just recently, had Pho at Thai chi Stamford and also some great mini dumplings, chicken with mango. It was clean and decent.

                    3. You should try Pearl East on Summer Street. I haven't been there in a long time, but it was great the last time I went. Plus, half their menu is americanized Chinese food and the other half is the authentic stuff. Don't see that anywhere else around here.

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                      1. re: Onoodles

                        Nope, went downhill big time too. Just ordered tonight. Again, I'm desperate! Food's pretty gloppy and dull. And Szechuan Dynasty I think is the one on Newfield, well, I got a fly in my duck sauce one time. So I dropped them. I'm telling you, Westport has the Little Kitchen, Darien has Ching's Table and Stamford has bupkis.

                        1. re: chefmo

                          Where and what is your favorite dish to make?

                          1. re: chefmo

                            New Canaan has Ching's Table, not Darien. The town would never let the Lee's leave. Ching's Kitchen is in Darien and also owned by the same owners as Chings Table

                            1. re: jfood

                              Whatever- point is Stamford has nothing decent.

                              1. re: chefmo

                                I have also been feeling despondent about lack of good Chinese food in Stamford, but I'll try Uncle Dai's.
                                I used to go to Little Kitchen of Wesport when I lived in Norwalk, and I thought it was wonderful. Uncomfy chairs, but high quality food at good prices.
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                                1. re: Stamford Talk

                                  If you love Little Kitchen (and I do too) then do not go to Uncle Dai's. You will be very disappointed, trust me!

                                  1. re: Onoodles

                                    Little Kitchen is very good Chinese food. But the point of this thread was the OP's question.

                                    Where do YOU go in Stamford for Chinese food, Onoodles?

                                    1. re: amanda3571

                                      I actually replied to the original post on Jan. 14th. I had suggested Pearl East on Summer St. (see above).

                                      I also recently tried China Pavillion on West Broad and thought it was quite good. Yangtze Riverside in Riverside does only take-out, but it's consistently good.

                                      1. re: Onoodles

                                        Is China Pavillion at the same level as Little Kitchen? Uncle Dai's definitely is not.

                                        1. re: chefmo

                                          Chefmo, I totally agree. Uncle Dai's definitely is not. Unfortunately, I think Little Kitchen is as good as it gets around here. So I don't think China Pavillion is at quite the same level, but for "good" Chinese takeout, it's not bad.

                                          1. re: Onoodles

                                            Had Little Kitchen last night. The General Tzo's was the best i have ever had...high-quality white meat, not over-fried or dry. The Sauteed Chinese Eggplant was tasty and they make great Lo Mein.