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Feb 19, 2008 07:59 PM

Most authentic Chinese in KC?

Hello all - I recently moved to the KC area and am looking for an authentic Chinese restaurant. I grew up in NYC and then lived in SF for 17 years so I am a bit spoiled with the options I had in both those locations. I have tried Bo Lings and thought it was some of the worst Chinese food I've had yet. I've also tried several others and was disappointed. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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  1. China Tom's on Rainbow has a separate more authentic menu. I'm not sure if it's only on the weekends.
    Jen Jen at 90th(?) and Metcalf does a late night menu for other Asian cooks to order after they get off work at other restaurants.

    1. what did you order at bo lings? you might like their saturday dim sum, although based on your initial reaction, it doesnt sound as if you'll be back anytime soon. we have a few asian grocers in city market. i think one or two of them has a food counter. we have decent vietnamese in this city. i've never done a chinese crawl but report any gems you find!

      1. You're not going to find what you had in NYC or SF. So many people here love Bo Lings but really the only thing they have that is good is dim sum. If you're looking for something a bit more Taiwanese, you can find Taiwanese inspired dishes at Blue Koi on West 39th in KC (they do have good noodles, and their 'ants climbing a tree' isn't totally authentic but where else in KC are you going to find it??) and just a block away Po's Dumpling Bar (beef and tomato, free pickled cabbage Taiwan style, better dumplings than Blue Koi IMO).

        You might also like some offerings at Pine and Bamboo on Shawnee Mission Parkway - they have dim sum and in some cases better than Bo Lings. No one has good 'luo bo gao' so if you love turnip cake at dim sum...forget it.

        1. About 6 years ago, Charles Feruzza who writes for the pitch magazine (Kc's weekly), reviewed a Chinese restaurant - It had very unique items for the area (chicken feet, etc). I just tried to find it in the pitch archives. Anyone remember what that was?

          I agree, you were spoiled by your NYC & SF Chinese food. :)

          1. Thank you for the replies. Since I posted I tried Jen Jen. Their food was not bad at all. Portions were small, but overall decent food and much more authentic.

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            1. re: mgreps

              I posted this morning about Red Snapper - not sure if it's authentic? but it was really good. Check out their menu online

              1. re: mgreps

                I went by Jen Jen's on Friday hoping for lunch. They were closed, sign on the door that I couldn't read from the car. Anyone know what's up?

                1. re: chileheadmike

                  IIRC, JenJen doesn't do lunch. They do take the last dinner order at 12:30am.