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Feb 19, 2010 10:29 AM

Any decent Chinese Food recommendations in Central CT?

I live in Middletown and have had ZERO luck in finding a chinese restaurant that is edible when craving greasy chinese take-out. When the craving strikes, I just order from Oyama, but has anyone had any luck in the Middletown/Cromwell area in finding a decent restaurant?

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  1. I don't crave "greasy Chinese take-out" per se but like Xing Hua in Cromwell (same plaza as Rookie's & No Anchovies) for quick Chinese--maybe we mean the same thing. ;)

    You're confusing me by adding Oyama to the mix. I've only had sushi and hibachi there. What dishes are you looking for? I agree Chinese take-out options are lacking in Central CT. Lots of people swear by China City in the plaza on Saybrook Rd. I haven't been in ages, but you might prefer it to some of the other places you've tried:

    Again, my preferences may not sync with yours, so I'm not sure if these suggestions will help. If I really want Chinese, I'll take a ride to the shore and go to Samurai in Old Saybrook or Clinton's Taste of China. Forbidden City in Middletown can be good (tho' a bit pricey), but it's worth the drive for me to get to the other two restaurants if we have the time. Xing Hua would be my top pick for takeout above others in the Middletown/Cromwell area.

    Taste of China
    233 E Main St, Clinton, CT 06413

    Forbidden City
    335 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

    Samurai Asian Fusion Dining
    1596 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

    Xing Hua
    51 Shunpike Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

    China City Restaurant
    749 Saybrook Rd Ste 8, Middletown, CT 06457

    1. I'll second forbidden city, and for food on the cheap and non greasy, fengs

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        Do you mean Fong's, across from Kaman, near Aetna in Middletown? I love Feng Asian Bistro in Hartford, but am not crazy about Fong's. You don't like Xing Hua, BiscuitBoy? I'd say it beats Fong's with a big bat.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          I do not like Fong's, but that is the category of chinese food that I am searching for. I haven't heard much about Xing Hua - what would you recommend? I know Oyama doesn't make sense with what I'm looking for, but it's just been really tough finding decent fried rice and other standard chinese items, like General Tso, S/S Chicken, Beef/Broccoli... You can get the hibachi as take-out @ Oyama, so that's what I do because the rice + noodles are just as good as eating in the restaurant, as is the chicken. I used to frequent Luen Hop in the old JoAnn Fabric plaza, but seemingly overnight, they went to h*ll in a handbasket.

          1. re: southerna

            OK, gotcha. We appear to be on the same wavelength. I usually get Hunan or Szechuan Chicken at Xing Hua. I don't have the menu handy just now, but I'm pretty sure that's what I order. I like their dumplings, too, even though the dough is thick. I'm sure you would do fine with any of the Chinese take-out standards you mentioned above, including egg rolls. Let us know if that's a better option for you.

          2. re: kattyeyes

            Fengs, as in the tiny storefront near the Iguana (waaay different from Feng Bistro). This is the first I've heard about Xing Hua...I'll hafta try it

            1. re: BiscuitBoy

              Oh, thank you for explaining. Isn't that funny? I have to walk or drive by it countless times each week and didn't realize the name. I know exactly where you mean, but if I am on that block, I'm already torn between Pho Mai and Iguana Ranas. ;)

              And, I thought I must be losing it--the web listing for the Cromwell restaurant says XinG Hua...I drove by today and took a look...the storefront itself says Xin Hua (no G). In any case, good eating and you can take a quick run to Xpect and stock up on an item or two as you wait, I suppose!

              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                Second Feng's. Love their crab rangoon.

          3. Moon Star in the Willowbrook Shops in Cromwell has the best Chineese Take out in this area by far. We have been going here for over 10 years and it is the best that we know of and will definitely satisfy your cravings for what you are looking for.
            I tried Fong's a few times and found it to be inedible. I think their location is what keeps them in business (near all of the condos)!
            Trust me, you can't go wrong with Moon Star!

            1. Updating to include my new favorite takeout Chinese in M'town: Fortune Garden near Stop & Shop on East Main.

              My mom brought me lunch a couple of weeks ago. I've been back twice since. This crew runs like a well-oiled (and extremely fast!) machine. They are impressive, friendly, accommodating. Want your dish spicy? They'll give you hot chili flakes in oil on the side so you can heat it up.

              The lunch specials are a bargain meal: 28 choices ranging from $5.25-5.95, served with pork fried rice or white rice, then choice of soup. How can you go wrong? You can't.

              Closed Mondays.

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              1. re: kattyeyes

                Hi Kattyeyes,
                I always trust your reviews... anyplace I can get a menu like this:


                in CT? I hear good things about Taste of China in Clinton... the place i referenced is about 6 hrs away in MD otherwise i would be there entirely too often. I would love to find a place who makes the sichuan pork belly (or something comparable) even half as good as this place. You think I would have luck in Clinton?

                1. re: chrystal257

                  Hi there, Chrystal. I know Clinton's Taste of China has a Chinese special-request menu (i.e. there's no English written on it), as do others in the greater New Haven area. I've only had a bite of "secret Chinese menu" food with a couple next to us who shared (true story). And it was in Clinton! :)

                  You know who can help you here, I think is chefstu. Check this recent post for his top 3 in CT:

                  I haven't been to the two New Haven places, but love Lao Sze Chuan in Milford, so we are very much on the same page. Take a look and see what you think.

              2. I don't know if New Britain is too far for you, but I've had some excellent meals at Great Taste