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Sep 19, 2012 08:32 AM

Where do you go for "authentic" Chinese food in the Northern Suburbs?

Looking for a place nearby. Thanks.

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  1. I haven't found a place that I would consider "authentic" or outstanding, but there are a few places I go that are decent enough to return to: China Chef in Morton Grove, Pine Yard in Evanston, and Jade China Bistro in Highland Park. When I want really great Chinese food, though, I go to Chinatown in Chicago (usually to Double Li or Lao Sze Chuan). This month Lao Sze Chuan is opening a new location in Uptown in the city, which is nine miles closer to the northern suburbs than Chinatown is.

    If you're interested in Taiwanese food, 527 Cafe in Evanston is decent and I've been told it's authentic (I'm no expert on Taiwanese cuisine).

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      Yu's Mandarin in Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg, not far from Woodfield Mall, is very good. I might call it excellent except nsxtasy was right -- the Lao restaurants in Chinatown are outstanding!

      1. re: Willa

        We ate at Yu's yesterday. It is still very good.

        1. re: JimGrinsfelder

          Lao Beijing is great. My family was in from Michigan over this Thanksgiving weekend and we went to Chinatown for lunch before they went home. Party of twelve. Ooooops. It was packed. Cai was our first choice -- very good dim sum. Mom could not make it up the stairs and there was no elevator. Lao Shanghai and Lao Sze Chuan were both jam packed. So was that dim sum restaurant next door that I have never considered because we like Cai. So we finally found a table for twelve -- a miracle -- at Lao Beijing. Had never been there. We had a fantastic meal and a wonderful time! Loved the shredded duck with vegetables. Homemade noodles. House special dumplings that are long thin rectangles. Our waiter was Michael and he was excellent. Very efficient, very friendly, almost became an honorary family member. We will go back again!

          1. re: Willa

            We just had dim sum at Jockey Wok and Roll in Rolling Meadows. Golf and Roselle Road. Loved it!

    2. Chef Ping in Rolling Meadows is quite good and includes some Korean dishes with the Chinese mainstays. The housemade noodles are enjoyable.

      1. You folks have some strange ideas about which are "northern suburbs", LOL! :)

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        1. re: nsxtasy

          LOL! Thought we'd slip our NW suburbs into the Northshore without anyone noticing.

          1. re: Willa

            Actually we are in the Schaumburg area all the time and we also are by Fry's in Downers Grove all the time. SO I will take any recs anywhere!!!! LOL!!!!

        2. Yu's Mandarin, Chef Ping: both are Korean-style Chinese food. Good.

          IChef: pan-Chinese, but focus on southern coastal cuisines (area near Shanghai).

          For all three restaurants, they all have an English menu for gringos and a Chinese menu for natives. Please ask for recs from the Chinese menu, or else you'll just get a standard Americanized Canto fare.