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Jan 18, 2013 12:59 PM

Chinese in MI Tri-Cities?

Visiting my mother next month. Any suggestions for decent, credible Chinese? I'm not expecting much, but would love to hear any recommendations. (Anyone remember the venerable, white tablecloth Rodeitcher's in Freeland in the late 60's/early 70's? God, I loved that place as a kid.)

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  1. OK, since no one else has volunteered, I will...

    In Midland, Bamboo Garden is reportedly the most authentic, with chicken feet, pigs ears, etc, (along with more Americanized fare). It's small and not very impressive to look at, but I've had a couple of *interesting* meals there ;-)

    I didn't grow up here, so I don't know Rodeitcher's, but my husband grew up in Freeland so he probably would!

    Some other area Asian or Middle-Eastern options would be La Zeez (Indian) in Midland, and Hello Sushi and Kabob & Curry House in Saginaw.

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    1. re: csb95

      Thank you. I'm simply trying to stay out of Olive Garden, etc.

      Bamboo Garden seems to be part of a larger company that has 3 other Szechuan places in the state. Is it good or just "interesting"? I kind of go for pig's ears and tripe and stuff like that if it's the real deal.

      Heck, maybe we'll hit K&C Curry House. Despite looking around, I'd not run across it.

      Thanks again!

      1. re: Spot

        I've not eaten at Bamboo Garden but if it's like their other resaturants -Trizest & Ypbor Yan which I've really enjoyed eating at-
        you must ask for the Chinese menu.

        1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

          Okay. Just to follow up. I hit Bamboo Garden for what ended up being a very serviceable lunch with my 77 year old German-born Mom yesterday. Pork wontons w/ "spicy sauce" very good -- dumpling dough thin and silky. Another appetizer/cold dish of beef shin & tripe with a cloned sauce quite delicious as well. Both lacking not heat but Szechuan peppercorns. Twice-cooked side pork with cabbage perfectly fatty and unctuous (though I liked it better for today's lunch after caramelizing it a bit). Shrimp with "spicy salt" were okay -- not the best quality shrimp. Shredded potatoes with jalapeno were exactly that. Great service! I'd be a regular here if I lived near Midland, work my way through the menu.