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Dec 15, 2008 03:25 PM

looking for authentic Chinese restaurants in the Triangle are

i just recently to Chapel Hill from NYC. I am looking for authentic quality Chinese restaurants that serve food that one might find in the Chinatowns of NYC, SF, Boston, or London. Also looking for quality dimsum...not Americanized Chinese.. thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. and i am willing to travel..raleigh, durham, chapel hill, cary, carrboro etc...

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    1. re: aenverga

      I really like Fortune Palace in Raleigh, just off 440 at Capital. While they serve the Americanized stuff like General Tso's Chicken, they also have a deep menu with some pretty authentic dishes. My family likes their Fried Pork Intestine app, their crispy duck, salt & pepper shrimp, chow fun to name a few. They received a good write up in the N&O a while back too. This restaurant is actually worth the drive from CH.

      There used to be a great Sichuan place in Raleigh called Red Palace, but unfortunately they closed.

      1. re: Tom from Raleigh

        this sounds like a great suggestion. thanks! i've been to latern in CH, while very good, it's not the authentic, family style, chinese owned and run that i am looking for.

        1. re: aenverga

          If you liked Lantern you may also want to try the other neo-asian place in CH next door to Bin 54.

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            jujube. pretty good. nice upscale/casual place to eat at the bar

            1. re: aenverga

              really great place - but it really is more neo-Asian funky rather than what I think the poster is looking for. I'm addicted to the fish congee at China Palace in Durham, but I do think the quality of the ingredients is not always the best. The thing is that if you're looking for the real deal, then so often the prices are kept at a pretty reasonable level, but the quality of the ingredients is questionable. Places like Lantern and Jujube are a bit more upscale, but they use the best ingredients around. The Shanghai menu at Red Lotus in Chapel Hill has some nice things on it.

        2. re: Tom from Raleigh

          I just read the review and the menu. Great looking traditional menu. thanks

      2. China Palace at Garrett and Old Chapel Hill Road has a great Chinese Special menu. Greg Cox at the N&O seems to agree. My favorites include scallion pancakes, spicy dry tofu with shredded pork, and noodles with Sichuan meat sauce And lunch on Sat and Sunday add lots of other things from special noodle dishes to congees.

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        1. re: walras

          thanks for this suggestion too.

          1. re: walras

            Good write up on China Palace at

            1. re: walras

              China Palace! Definitely! And don't order off the gringo menu. My favorite from the "real" menu is the dried tofu and pork. It's so spicy my lips turn red, but I can't stop eating it.

            2. You could try Red Lotus in Chapel Hill. I haven't been there yet, but it has been mentioned elsewhere on this board that they have a Shanghai-style menu that you have to ask for.

              Here's the URL to their web site:


              and another to their Chinese menu:


              1. First off, there is no Chinese in the Triangle is going to rise to the level of Chinatown offerings in larger cities. That being said:

                You might try Eastern Lights in Durham for hand made noodles.

                The only dim sum place that I know of is Hong Kong Restaurant in Durham:


                1. Try the Chinese takeout place INSIDE the Kroger at 54 and Fayetteville Street. I think its called East Coast Chinese. Don't get it confused with the place next door to the Kroger. Half the menu is posted on the wall in Chinese and everytime I go to pick up there is a Chinese family seated at the one table having dinner. They will make anything you want as long they have the ingredients, even if it's not officially on the menu. I've gotten quite friendly with the lady who runs it, and now she recommends "specials" every time.

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