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Nov 13, 2009 04:11 PM

Chinese on Sandy or 82nd in Portland?

So many places, so little is good? I like Chaba Thai on Sandy but I'm not looking for Thai, I wonder if any of the places are simply decent. Ambassador? Somewhere we can take a bottle of wine in, not a take out. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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  1. Wongs King, Ocean City, Yummy Yummy, Shen Zen, and a bit further out is Lucky Strike for your Sichuan needs.

    1. Legin on 82nd in Portland. It is classic Cantonese cuisine. Always excellent. Always fresh. And the best dim sum in, possibly, the Northwest.

      Legin Restaurant
      8001 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206

      1. Shenzhen on 82nd, Om Seafood on Powell.

        1. Ocean City is really hitting their stride right now...very good food.

          Ocean City Restaurant
          3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

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          1. re: JillO

            Had dinner with a friend last weekend. I was curious to see if Ocean City is going to give the other Cantonese seafood places in town a run for the money.

            Here's what we had:

            1) Multi-Flavor Tofu - very soft tofu, a switch from the more usual firm tofu, coated in salt and spices and then deep fried. It was served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Not at all greasy, full of flavor, the dish showed the kitchen's skill as the tofu wasn't falling apart. The sauce was an unusual choice, though.

            2) Steamed Oysters - not a bad price, $1.50 each. Steamed with black bean sauce, these were perfectly done. However, the steamed oysters at OM are larger.

            3) Crispy Garlic Chicken - a typical Cantonese fried chicken that is smothered with a sauce containing garlic slices, perfect to ward off the vampires. Cantonese fried chicken is not often well executed as restaurants take a shortcut and fry up a chicken that has been steamed, leaving the meat on the dry side. This chicken, however, was moist and left me thinking that it had not been a steamed previously. Chinese style chickens, steamed or fried, are usually cooked to a point where the bones are slightly red, leaving the impression that the bird might be undercooked. This was not the case; the chicken was cooked through.

            4) Snow pea tips with garlic - the larger, older variety of leaves, this dish had a discernible fragrance of the wok. Very tasty.

            It's worth noting that Ocean City has a couple of stuffed tofu items -fried or steamed- that are down home Chinese dishes. With crab season around the corner, a return trip to sample this and a few other, different items is in order.

            The menu is large, but I would note that prices here are higher than most of the other places, e.g. a dish of spinach stir fried w/ garlic goes for $10. The pea tips were $12.

            Ocean City Restaurant
            3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

            1. re: farrago

              I have had the multiflavor tofu, the Crispy Garlic Chicken and the snow pea tips myself and also found all of them to be delicious. Their dry seafood chow fun is also really delicious as is the pei-pa tofu clay pot.

              1. re: JillO

                Was the chow fun truly cooked dry style or was it served "wet," i.e. a gravy based topping on top of the rice noodles?
                Dry style chow fun is one my litmus tests for the chef.

                1. re: farrago

                  Yep, farrago, it was the real deal - dry with flavor coating everything but no sauce. It's like crack and one of my favorite dishes there.

                  1. re: JillO

                    My experience tonight: Basic jellyfish salad - best I've had in this town; Sizzling scallops - tasty, but waaayyy overloaded with onion (like 2 or 3 whole onions) as filler; Mustard greens in broth - nothing to write home about, and underseasoned, but the greens were decent. Service was good, so not a bad experience. I want to try Om and compare.

          2. I've heard good things about Wai Kong on 122nd. It's a Hong Kong-style bistro that serves, among other things, Chinese-style western food (think spaghetti with marinara poured over baked pork chops).

            Wong's King is about as good as it gets in PDX for dim sum (still below average compared to Seattle and Vancouver) All other ones are absolute garbage in the dim sum market. Their dinner is a bit better if you stick with upmarket items like lobster and king crab.

            I've always liked Thien Hong on Sandy for Chinese with a tinge of Vietnamese influence.

            Thien Hong
            6749 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

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            1. re: HungWeiLo


              I agree whole heartedly with HWL's assessment of the Chinese food scene here. The only two other places of note for me are Powell Seafood and Mandarin House.

              Mandarin House
              1035 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA 99352