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Needs to find best Chinese food in South FL

FoodieJ May 26, 2011 02:22 PM

I'm looking for where to go to get great chinese food. I'm from up north and so far I haven't found anything that compares. Help!

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  1. lax2mia RE: FoodieJ May 26, 2011 02:52 PM

    You won't find anything. Everything from up north is better.

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      Frodnesor RE: FoodieJ May 26, 2011 04:16 PM

      If you're old enough to detect sarcasm, you're old enough to spell "Chinese" properly.

      But now you've made me feel guilty.

      Chinese food is not a strong suit in South Florida. In Miami I go to Tropical (South Miami) and Chu's Taiwan Kitchen (Coral Gables) for dim sum (though the dumplings were sticky and undercooked today at Chu's). I haven't been to Hong Kong Noodles (North Miami Beach) in some time. Some people also like Sang's in the same neighborhood and King Palace for Chinese bbq. (I'm not saying I don't like them, only that I haven't tried them).

      Chowdown Grill (Surfside) is great for a more contemporary spin on Chinese-American classics.

      Hakkasan (Miami Beach) is very high-end, modern Chinese; dim sum is best but much of the rest of the menu is very good too, but pricey.

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      kevdog RE: FoodieJ May 26, 2011 03:41 PM

      well, there are a couple of places. silver pond off of commercial and 441 for decent cantonese, toa toa for good dim sum...they used to do hot pot at peppers, but that place shut down. other than that, you're pretty much at a loss for things.

      1. CFByrne RE: FoodieJ May 26, 2011 04:57 PM

        Hong Kong BBQ in (more or less) west Fort Lauderdale, has plenty of admirers.

        It's near the also recommended Silver Pond - both off of Commercial Blvd and 441.

        If you search for either of those names on this board (using the Search box to the right of the Chowhound logo above), you'll likely come across lots of previous discussions on "best Chinese in S Fla". Naturally, it's a FAQ.

        Silver Pond Restaurant
        4285 N State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

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          seminole phil RE: CFByrne May 26, 2011 08:39 PM

          26 years living in south florida from north miami beach to palm beach gardens and all i can find similar to anything up north is uncle joes on northlake blvd 1/4 mile west of 95 at the n.e corner of military and northlake, try the bejing crispy chicken and lettuce wraps, their menu is on menupages

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            freakerdude RE: seminole phil May 27, 2011 10:48 AM

            Uncle Joe's is owned by Mr. Zhang's in Palm Beach Gardens. Mr, Zhang's is more upscale than Uncle Joe's but the menu is very similar. Lunch at Uncle Joe's is around $6 to $8 and it gets you a choice of 3 soups, egg roll, and entree. The hot and sour soup option for an extra 50 cents is worth it. They have about 12 to 15 choices for lunch entrees (including scallops as a selection) or you can order off the regular menu. I checked it out today and it was well worth it.

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              Bigstu99 RE: freakerdude Jun 9, 2011 11:14 AM

              Silver pond.
              Hong Kong City (have not been since owner died)
              Dragon City.
              and Mr Chef... Aventura opened in October

              Dragon City
              6708 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33024

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          SaminSFL RE: FoodieJ May 27, 2011 08:58 AM

          China Dumpling in Boynton is pretty as well, they also have Di Dum Service on the weekends

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            Buzzy2 RE: SaminSFL Nov 4, 2011 08:01 PM

            I went to China Dumpling last year and had the second worst Chinese meal that I have had in FL. Dumplings were bizarre - lots of strange chopped up ingredients lacking the flavor of the ingredient I purchased them for - pork dumplings should taste like pork, for example. These tasted more like sawdust with chopped celery root. The best item on the menu, and we tried lots, was the sticky rice - it was great, but was it traditional Chinese? I think not.

            I would never go back.

            BTW, I had a good meal at Tropical and I enjoyed some of the meats at Hong Kong BBQ (overall okay, not great, but not bad) and I like the ribs at Gary Woo's - but tomorrow I'm going to Peking Duck in NY and I will be reminded of the difference between South FL and NYC once again, at least for the duck. I admit that I was traumatized the first time I ordered chicken wings in a Chinese restaurant in Florida and they arrived covered in an inch of heavy batter. This may still be influencing my perspective on South Florida; and yes, THAT was the worst Chinese meal I ever had.

            Gary Woo
            9874 Yamato Rd Ste 126, Boca Raton, FL 33434

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              Bigstu99 RE: Buzzy2 Nov 4, 2011 09:12 PM

              See the thread Dim Sum Sunny Isles...Philip Ho's Not Hong Kong Seafood... but the best Chinese I have had in Florida

          2. CFByrne RE: FoodieJ May 27, 2011 10:57 AM

            Meet me at midnight At Mr. Chow's - Szechuan dumplings

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              Mat Josher RE: FoodieJ May 27, 2011 04:42 PM

              I like Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant is Sunrise. They specialize in dim sum.

              Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant
              4145 NW 88th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33351

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                Fineas RE: FoodieJ Jun 3, 2011 03:24 PM

                Dragon City in Hollywood is very good. A hole-in-the-wall in a nondescript strip center, but the food is very good and reasonably priced. If you are not Chinese they will give you the American menu -- ask for the Chinese menu. It has hundreds of items (including a lot of the more exotic stuff like shark's fin, abalone, pig's knuckles, chicken feet, etc.) and is very authentic.

                Dragon City
                6708 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33024

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                  mr. potato head RE: FoodieJ Jun 21, 2011 09:45 AM

                  Kon Chau, 8376 Bird Rd., is as close as anything I've had to the Chinatowns that I've visited "up north." The Dim Sum is far better than Tropical Chinese, and they serve most items all day long. Prices are reasonable and portions large...most importantly, the food is tastier! There are lots of authentic dishes on the menu. 'Well worth the visit.

                  Tropical Chinese Restaurant
                  7991 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

                  Kon Chau Restaurant
                  8376 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

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