Authentic Chinese in Kansas City MO
looking for any kind of authentic chinese food within the city limits. does kc have a chinatown at all? any tips greatly appreciated
No China town per se. Several Asian markets throughout town. Most Chinese restaurants will have a "hidden menu" that features traditional dishes. All 3 of my Chinese language teachers have eaten at a number of the Chinese restaurants throughout the metro. None of them liked any of the food. They all come from diverse parts of China. North, South and Taiwan. My Chinese cooking class instructor and her husband recommended Lucky Wok's spare ribs. I thought they were OK at best. Maybe an acquired taste. Your best bet. Find a Chinese transplant and get a home cooked meal.
I'm no expert on authentic Chinese. But here's a shot
Pine and Bamboo Garden has a traditional Chinese menu and dim sum on weekends
Shawnee Mission Pkway about a mile West of I-35
Bo LIng's gets a lot mention
Jenn Jen at 91st and Metcalf. Although no one has mentioned them lately, I hope they're still open
Aaron Deacon is organizing an off the menu tasting at Pine and Bamboo. There was a post on here, but I don't see it now.
I agree with the above replies, never really found any outstanding authentic Chinese in KC. There are a number of really good Vietnamese places. Hieng Vuong in the River Market is my favorite, it's definitely not a fancy place, as one local food blogger said it's like eating in your Vietnamese neighbors garage' but to me it adds to the experience, as well as being in the River Market, one of the most interesting places in town for someone who loves food.
Also good is Vietname Cafe, couple of blocks East of River Market in Columbus Park neighborhood.
Another Vietnam Cafe just across the State line on 39th and in an old Roadhouse, also very, very good.
Pho 97 on Independence avenue in KC also does a great Pho.
Good luck and enjoy KC!
Hien Vuong: 417 Main St, KC MO
Vietnam Cafe: 522 Campbell Street, KC MO
The Vietnam Cafe: 2200 W. 39th Street, KC KS
Pho 97: 2605 Indepedence Ave. KC MO
Oh sweet lord - Vietnam Cafe is one of my absolute favorites!!!!!!!!!
As far as authentic chinese goes in KC, I'm not sure you're going to get too many results. Most of it is the typical Americanized versions of the recipes that you would NEVER see in China. I'd be interested in hearing if anybody else has a different opinion.
Bo Ling's gets a lot of mention, but I think it's incredibly overrated. Any number of holes in the wall do indistinguishable takes on the same Chinese/American standards.
As others have said, there's lots of good Vietnamese. Pho KC just north of Vietnam Cafe, just as you're getting on the Heart of America bridge, is fantastic as well. But Vietnam Cafe is my very favorite, with the best pho I've ever tasted and an extremely friendly, personable staff.
Heart of America
1501 River Dr, Moline, IL 61265
9574 Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215
KC doesn't have a Chinatown, but there are several markets. Most will have foodstuffs from many different Asian cuisines, rather than just Chinese, etc. There is also a Chinese association, if you're interested in cultural festival: http://www.kcca-ks.org/main/home.html
I'm afraid the best you can hope for from Chinese restaurants doesn't rival what you find on the coasts, but I've had some entirely decent food from Bo Ling's, Pine and Bamboo, and Jen Jen's. Bo Ling's dim sum is best if you go close to opening at 11 am on the weekends, when the carts haven't steamed dishes to death. Don't bother with their Chinese American dishes at dinner. Jen Jen's is good for Hong Kong style seafood, in particular. Though it's a bit pricier for the portions, they do a good job. Unfortunately, the rice is not as good. It's really rather hard to find everything clicking on all cylinders at Chinese restaurants here.
There is also some good Japanese food in the metro, and Korean and Indian, if you are interested in those cuisines as well.
9574 Quivira Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215
Lucky Wok in Lenexa. They have a regular American/Chinese menu and a Chinese only menu. I used to work for an accountant originally from Shanghai that had hosted her company dinners there. It was the next best thing to her home cooked meals. Although i'm not sure if she had certain dishes made exclusively but there were things like Shark Fin Soup, Whole Roasted Duck, and a stew type dish called 8 Treasures (I believe). Although it has been several years since I've been.
Oh and home cooked Chinese is so delicious if anyone has ever had the pleasure. YUM!