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Authentic Chinese in the burbs

lilmomma Mar 23, 2009 12:00 PM

We love Chinese food but hate going to China town. Where can you get authentic chinese in the burbs? Not PF Changs, Panda Express, etc...not that there's anything wrong with those places, just not authentic, ykwim?

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    CJT Mar 23, 2009 12:15 PM

    Many fans of the following: Lao SzeChuan in Downers Grove, Fabulous Noodles in Lisle, Katy's Dumplings in Westmont and Naperville, MaPo in Naperville.

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      aelenoach Mar 23, 2009 12:20 PM

      I would add Yu's Mandarin in Schaumburg. They have a great lunch special, also know that the dinner crowd is typically thick.

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        nsxtasy Mar 23, 2009 03:19 PM

        > know that the dinner crowd is typically thick.

        Thick? What do you mean? The restaurant gets a lot of customers at dinner and is crowded/busy with long waiting times to be seated, or something else?

        1. re: nsxtasy
          aelenoach Mar 24, 2009 07:02 AM

          Yes, it gets very busy at dinner and wait times can be long.

      2. abf005 Mar 23, 2009 02:03 PM

        There are over 250 sub-burbs in Chicagoland, could you please narrow it down to an area for us?? Thanks.

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          lilmomma Mar 24, 2009 06:12 PM

          We frequently are out and about in Northbrook, Glenview, Wilmette, Schaumburg, Skokie, Niles, Linconwood, Downers Grove, Buffalo Grove...

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            nsxtasy Mar 24, 2009 08:46 PM

            I can't speak to the northwest suburbs you mention, but in the near north suburbs, I haven't found anything really impressive. The closest I've come is Koi, in Evanston; not too long ago I ate there twice - once was very good, the second time was just so-so. I've basically given up on finding good Chinese in that area (but if someone knows of some great place I'm not familiar with, I'm all ears!). I go to Chinatown (to Double Li and Lao Sze Chuan), which is closer for me than the western suburbs mentioned above.

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          ms. chow Mar 24, 2009 01:06 PM

          Katy's Dumplings would be my first choice. Also even though the name of the restaurant is Dumplings, the noodles are out of this world.

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            jcase Mar 26, 2009 01:52 PM

            Szechwan Kingdom in Northbrook is not bad. My dad travels to the orient a lot and says most of their dishes are close to what he has in Asia.

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              citywayne Mar 28, 2009 09:14 PM

              Try Asian Bistro, Arlington Hts Rd and Golf.

              Asian Bistro
              65 W Golf Rd, Arlington Hts, IL

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                lilmomma Mar 30, 2009 09:07 AM

                We just ate at LSC in Downers Grove this past weekend but it wasn't as great as I expected. We ordered the Three chili chicken which was good, not amazing! Ma pou tofu- too spicy. Spicy beef tendon- good. General Tsos chicken- OK. Garlic eggplant- good. Lamb with cumin- good. Some kind of green vegatable- good. Egg rolls- fair. Wonton soup-fair. Shrimp in mayo sauce- yummy. If I go again, i would only repeat the shrimp and the garlic eggplant. The rest were not that memorable. Did I order the wrong stuff?

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                1. re: lilmomma
                  nsxtasy Mar 30, 2009 12:18 PM

                  >> Did I order the wrong stuff?

                  I don't think so. In numerous visits to Lao Sze Chuan in Chinatown, I've tried a lot of dishes, and the two that I've liked the most are the three chili chicken and the mayonnaise shrimp.

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                    citywayne Apr 1, 2009 08:20 PM

                    I don't think so. I find that LSC is over-rated. Their food is just ok. The portions are small and the prices are expensive, for Chinese food, especially for China-town. If you are in China-town, try Spring World if you want great authentic spicy Chinese, big portions and a decent price.

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                      lilmomma Apr 17, 2009 02:19 PM

                      We are going to try Katy's Dumplings this weekend. What are the can't miss dishes?

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                        CJT Apr 18, 2009 07:39 AM

                        The menus are different at Westmont and Naperville. Better say which one you are going to.

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                          lilmomma Apr 18, 2009 10:08 AM

                          I am going to Westmont. But now, it will probably be next weekend as dh is working.

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                          LikestoEatout Apr 18, 2009 07:39 AM

                          Shredded pork in garlic is great at Katy's. A huge amount of food, I had 2 more meals of the leftovers. We went to the Naperville branch.

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