Having eaten at The Dumpling House (small menu but will return,) The Crownery (only OK but should return,) Szechuan Restaurant (very limited “authentic” menu) and Takumi (despite what Eric Ruth says, this place is not a fusion restaurant) Yi Palace is so far as good as it gets in Wilmington for decent Chinese fare. For starters they do not offer any dreadful, American-Chinese deep fried all-you-can-eat buffet (like Szechuan Restaurant.) Be sure to look for the 2-3 (or more) daily house specials listed when you enter. Over the course of several visits the best dishes I’ve had are:
Quick Fried Cucumbers – served cold with lots of garlic and dried red chili peppers. Excellent.
Chinese Bacon with Hot Peppers (辣炒辣 – La4 Chao3 La4) This was a house special and was delicious. Sliced bacon, red and green peppers, onions, scallions and hot peppers.
Shredded Duck with Ginger – very light dish. Yum yum…
Hot and Sour Mung Beans – here ground mung beans are turned into cellophane noodles and served in a mildly spicy sauce with peanuts and greens.
Shredded Potatoes with Vinegar – a classic Sichuan dish. Fair rendition.
Fried Tofu – dipped (in cornstarch?) and then deep-fried. Decent appetizer and helps to balance the heat.
Mongolian Beef – simply prepared with onions and scallions.
Cumin Lamb – (no photo) but here it is served “wet” not “dry.” Both spicy and tasty.
Sliced Chicken with Hoisin Sauce and Shrimp with Cashews leaned closer to American-Chinese fare: they both pretty much tasted the same.
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in the Concord Square Shopping Center
4435 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
I don't know about "authentic" as I have never had access to really great Chinese food. But, I was there last night and both of the dishes that I sampled were really good. We had Chinese Bacon with Snow Peas and Hong Kong Bay Shrimp, both found on the Chef's Recommendations menu. The Shrimp were coated with a light cornstarch coating and fried and sauteed with crispy rice noodles and a few veggies. They were well seasoned and still moist on the inside. The outside nicely crisp and not heavily coated. The pork belly had been obviously cooked as a slab and them was sliced really thin, and sauteed with the snow peas and some scallions. It was a little sweet and smokey and really delishious. Service was very good as well.
There were a few of more adventorous or :authentic" items I saw on the menu, like tripe and tendons as well. I did not ask if there was a "Chinese" menu.
Just asked my former colleague who works across the street: her answer was "not so authentic." Given that the menu on their website includes such authentic Chinese dishes as Crab Rangoon and Shrimp with Mayonnaise and Honey Walnuts, I wouldn't get my hopes up too high. There were also some dishes on there that looked interesting and more authentic, though, so maybe if you order carefully you can get a decent meal. I think I'd stick to Dumpling House.