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Sep 8, 2009 05:43 PM

DFW - Recommendation for Authentic Chinese at a Japanese Restaurant

I understand from reading past CH posts, that some of y'all may have given up on finding good Chinese cuisine in Dallas, but this past Friday evening, my family and I were introduced to Genroku on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, a few blocks north of Main Street / Beltline Road -

Our dear friends and neighbors, one of whom is Taiwanese and the other a vegetarian, led us to Genroku, and we were delighted!

Our Taiwanese friend ordered for our table of eight, and she did not disappoint us! The grilled sea bass, chicken with vegetables, and vegetarian fried rice were strong stand outs, perfectly seasoned and light, and our finicky young sons became edamame connoisseurs.

The mango and strawberry ice cream capped off the evening, refreshing our palates, and, while we had ample leftovers for at least a couple more meals, our tab, including tip, was only about $140 (with wine and other beverages).

The atmosphere was intimate and inviting, and I recommend that you arrive early, especially if you have a large party and want a round table.

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  1. Where'd you get that idea? There's a fair amount of good Chinese in the metroplex, but that opinion can vary depending on what you're looking for.

    Genroku's been around for a while, they're a Taiwanese restaurant that has Japanese food. They were top notch a couple years ago when they had an amazing sushi chef, and the sushi there hasn't been the same since he left. They aren't bad but there are better Taiwanese options out there like Umeko or First Emperor.

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    1. re: air

      Thanks for the recommendations. ... I look forward to trying Umeko and First Emperor. ... Still, I doubt that anything will compare with "macadamia chicken" at Szechuan Gallery in D.C., at least as it was a few years ago. (Recent consumer reviews have summarily and consistently panned SG.)

      1. re: pschweizer

        Actually I would think one of the white board specials at Little Sichuan would compare to your Szechuan Gallery. Get the cold cucumbers, Chengdu dumplings, Dan Dan Noodles w/ Minced Pork, Ma Po Tofu, and the Beef w/ Konjac

        I just checked out the Yelp reviews all one star for Szechuan Gallery. After 15 reviews it is not just a fluke.

        Also if you go with a few Chinese friends you can get an awesome meal at Chef Hsu on Harry Hines. It is generally a super buffet place but at night they offer an entirely different menu. Shangdong style Chinese.

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Excellent. I will follow your lead for ordeering at the local Chinese places. Too bad about SG. Good memories.

          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

            Good Lord, LH, I forget about Chef Hsu. It looks like a nasty hole from the outside, and a super buffet from the inside. DO NOT take a seat on the right and larger half of the building. Opt for the left and smaller room on the left. Ask for the real menu. Order things with the hand made pasta. Order one of the giant soups. It is off the hook weeedoggies (trying out new tag lines).

            But wasnt the OP wanting Japanese at a Chinese place. Made no sense of it, but sometimes I am thick.

            1. re: DallasDude

              Who serves big fat eggrolls stuffed with more meat and bean sprouts than cabbage?

              1. re: BluffViewChound

                I would try an Americanized place as the big thick egg rolls are more American. I am fresh out of suggestions for that style too.

                1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                  Go to "Vietnam" on Broadway in SA - good appetizer, especially when followed by the lemon-grass chicken.

                  Another suggestion for exceptional meat-filled rolls in Dallas is the "Vietnamese Restaurant" on N. Caroll at Live Oak - across from Burger King. The fried eggrolls are are a little skinnier than those at the SA place, but they are freshly prepared and similarly delicious, and, believe me, the atmosphere is authentic.

              2. re: DallasDude

                DallasDude, my original line was to indicate that, while Genroku generally seems to market itself as Japanese, Chinese is what we had on our visit last Friday - and it was outstanding. I understand from our Taiwanese friend who introduced us to the place that sushi (Genroku's principal Japanese menu item) is sub-par. - PAS

        2. The Chinese food in the DFW area is nowhere near as good as that found on the West Coast (San Gabriel Valley in SoCal and Oakland in NoCal) or NYC, but it's not as bad as what can be found in Lincoln, Nebraska. At least there are different regional cuisines offered and I have yet to find teriyaki chicken on any menu. I would never describe DFW's Chinese cuisine as great. A lot of the Chinese restaurants are owned by Chinese from Vietnam and the flavors are just a little "off." You wouldn't know unless you've spent a lot of time in China or lived in a handful of U.S. cities with major Chinatowns. Noodles are a huge part of Chinese cuisine and in the cities with great Chinese foods, noodles are always fresh. I don't know of any major noodle factory in DFW. The look fun (flat rice noodles) comes from Houston and is usually made by Vietnamese. By the time they reach DFW, they are about a day old and not as fresh and soft. Noodle making is an art form. The texture of the DFW noodles are just really lackluster. Also, I suspect a lot of the dim sum is commercial frozen. This is even done at respectable places in China and Hong Kong. Still, I'd rather each Chinese food in DFW versus a lot of cities.

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          1. re: jindomommy

            I had Chef Hsu after being reminded by our good friend LH. Timely you mention noodles and such, jindomommy. Terrificly hidden in an alcove off Harry Hines a mile or so south of Forest, Chef Hsu makes some of the most delicious handmade noodle dishes that can be found in this area. Long, luxurious noodles hand stretched noodles nestled in a rich broth and a nice seafood selection. Wonderful meal for about seven dollars. I suspect it was less than the price the other patrons were paying for the buffet.

            When ordering at Hsu, they will try to give you a limp yellow sheet of paper that represents all the American basics. Refuse this menu and ask for the 'good' menu. Go immediately past all the large ,dinners for 20 pages and settle for one of the large soup items in the back. You won't regret it.

            As far as frozen dim sum items, I can say I know for a fact that Kirin makes their items.

            I agree that the noodle making is a lost art in this area. I can make my own, and I know Chef Hsu does. All others I would have to peek in the kitchens.

   watch the other noodle making videos here, lot of fun!

            1. re: DallasDude

              Hmmm....I think I'll be checking out Chef Hsu's this weekend. There was a great Islamic Chinese restaurant in San Gabriel Valley that did the hand stretched noodles and served it with braised lamb. I'll say upfront that I am a Hong Kong/Cantonese cuisine food snob. The northern cuisine is typically not my cup of tea.