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Apr 9, 2010 02:25 AM

Where's the best Cheapinese?

The more I explore authentic Asian cuisine, the more I love it. The flavors and textures are completely unlike anything most Americans ever experience. However, as much fun as it is to go for cha siu bau, beef tendon, fiery mapo doufu, and chicken feet, every now and again I want American Cheapinese. You know the kind I'm talking about. It's served on a styrofoam plate (or box), comes with fried rice and an egg roll, and rarely costs more than $7 including a beverage. What can I say, it's a guilty pleasure, and I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one around here. Where around town am I going to be most satisfied giving in to my hoi polloi cravings? As far as location... I'm not terribly picky. The Jestermobile finds itself most often in a wide swath going from central Phoenix over to the Biltmore area and then heading out towards the east hinterlands of Chandler and Gilbert. But if you have a good one somewhere else, by all means share!

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  1. Siu Wok -- located next to Fez on Central Ave. Most of their business is delivery, but if you eat on the premises, it's very much a "cheapinese" experience with a combo meal served in a foam clamshell. Lunch combos are about $6 and dinner combos are about $8.50. Drinks are separate. Food is good for what it is -- shameless American-Chinese. I particularly like their Kung Pao Two.

    Siu Wok
    3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

    1. My guilty pleasure Americanized Chinese is China Village, 27th St / Indian School.

      China Village Restaurant
      2710 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      1. I'm totally enamored of the term "Cheapinese."

        No suggestions (yet), other than to fully support the idea that the appreciation of cheap Americanized Chinese and authentic regional Chinese need not be mutually exclusive.

        1. I think the quintessential dish of "Cheapinese" has to be orange chicken.

          And for that, I think Chen Wok Express is prety darn good (and cheap).

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Where is Chen Wok Express?

            The Wok Express
            4835 E Greenway Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

          2. Chopstick express, guadalupe and rural. Actually surprisingly decent and the lunch special is about 5.50 pre drink. Comes with fried rice, egg roll, and cream puff. It's fast casual style. I go there for lunch quite a bit and it fulfills my cheapinese cravings.

            Chopstick Express
            939 E Guadalupe Rd Ste 1, Tempe, AZ 85283