HOME > Chowhound > Northern New England >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Share your food adventure

Best Chinese Food in Portland, ME???

musiclover13 May 18, 2010 08:40 PM

Hi All!

Please help!

I moved to Portland 2 years ago from New York and have yet to find great chinese food. I have found decent but not great. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated since I have been spoiled by whole life with great chinese food in my hometown and love it!

Thank you in advance!

  1. the_MU Jun 10, 2010 10:21 AM

    Best Chinese food in Maine: the leftovers in my fridge from Szechuan Gourmet in Framingham, MA. Only a 2.25 hour drive from Portland.


    3 Replies
    1. re: the_MU
      mainemal Jun 10, 2010 10:35 AM

      When are you having us over???

      1. re: mainemal
        the_MU Jun 11, 2010 06:27 AM

        You can come over anytime. Just ate the last of the Chinese food, though. :)

        Spicy eggplant for breakfast? Why, yes.

        1. re: the_MU
          Passadumkeg Jun 11, 2010 08:35 AM

          Ms. Keg is a Framinghammer, Belnap Rd.

    2. c
      ChefGrant May 27, 2010 09:46 AM

      Give Chi Sen on payne rd in Scarborough. Not great, but not too bad.

      1 Reply
      1. re: ChefGrant
        the_MU May 27, 2010 12:33 PM

        BTW Chia Sen is the only Chinese restaurant in Maine that does fake-meat vegetarian dishes. We're fond of the veggie pork with black bean sauce. Find the veggie beef to be the least successful. None of it is as good as any of the Buddhist veggie places in Boston, NY or Philly, but hey, it's Maine.

        Chia Sen
        456 Payne Rd Ste 14, Scarborough, ME 04074

      2. a
        adl May 19, 2010 10:37 AM

        I actually have several people who live in NYC who insist on takeout from Fortune Garden on outer Forest Ave. when they are in town. It's takeout only, at:
        1435 Forest Avenue
        Portland, ME 04103-1809
        (207) 878-8989

        Fortune Garden
        1435 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

        1 Reply
        1. re: adl
          senorpedro Feb 3, 2013 11:35 AM

          I, too, like Fortune Garden a whole lot. Especially their Singapore lo mien (medium hot, curry). Please note that they do have three small tables for eating in.

        2. h
          HDinCentralME May 19, 2010 08:29 AM

          As others noted, you won't find "great" Chinese in these parts. I have found China Rose in Freeport to be consistently good (by Maine standards). (This is not true for their Brunswick location for some reason).

          1 Reply
          1. re: HDinCentralME
            sophie fox May 24, 2010 12:18 PM

            I like China Rose, too. I really miss Hu Shang!

          2. h
            hitpas May 19, 2010 06:23 AM

            It was the first question I asked when we moved here. The consensus seemed to be that Lotus in Falmouth sucked the least, especially at dinner. Still............I just wait til I hit NYC and go nuts. It is crazy in such a foodie town and you KNOW the ingredients can be had -- eg, Hong Kong Market. Maybe someday!!!!

            3 Replies
            1. re: hitpas
              mainemal May 19, 2010 06:56 AM

              I agree that Lotus used to be the best of a bad lot, but we ate there a few months ago, and apparently it's changed hands: in any case, inedible.

              1. re: mainemal
                hitpas May 20, 2010 06:35 AM

                Thank you for the heads up. Hadn't been there in awhile.

                1. re: mainemal
                  Noreaster Jun 7, 2010 07:55 AM

                  FWIW, it has not changed hands at all. The chef is still the same but the front is now run by the daughter since, at different times, both parents had been ill and away in Taiwan

              2. m
                mainemal May 19, 2010 05:06 AM

                You can't find it because there isn't any. When you need a fix, go to Boston: there's really nothing closer. As you've been here for two years, you'll know that there is adequate Thai and Vietnamese, but that's all.

                Show Hidden Posts