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Feb 15, 2013 03:56 PM

Best Chinese Options

I'm staying at the Palms in April and would appreciate some good Chinese options, whether Casino/Strip, local Chinatown or in the region in so far as travel is no problem. I'm used to NYC Chinatown & Flushing so quality and authenticity matter. Thank you for your assistance.

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  1. China Mama for Xio Long Bao

    1. And for soup dumplings!! A la Joe's Shanghai.

      1. If you are accustomed to Chinatown/Flushing here is what you will find up and down the Spring Mountain corridor - a lot of good Chinese options, but only "good". You can get respectable representations of Szechuan, Hunan, Cantonese, Taiwanese, etc., so if your taste buds run to a particular dish in a given day, you can find something that may satisfy the cravings, but likely not expand your previous horizons. If you narrow the focus to a particular region, we can make some suggestions.

        There is one place that comes to mind right off the top, largely because it is a cuisine that is not all that easy to find across North America - Shaanxi Gourmet (in the plaza at 3400 South Jones). If you have not tried food from that province (assuming you have not been to Xi'an Famous Foods already), it can bring a new dimension.

        As for the Strip, the ratio of quality to price points for Chinese does not leave a worthwhile recommendation.

        9 Replies
        1. re: QAW

          Thank you, QAW. I have been to X'ian Famous Foods so Shaanxi Gourmet sounds great. I like Szechuan, particularly pork belly dishes and a great Peking Duck would be also what I'm looking for.

          1. re: sagetom

            Your definitions, unfortunately, show some of our shortcomings. When Szechuan cravings hit, J&J Szechuan (5700 Spring Mountain) is likely the best Las Vegas option. A prime example of a place that serves its purpose, with good, but not necessarily great, dishes from that region. Be sure to check out the "cold buffet" while perusing the menu - nothing wrong with chewing pig's ears, and crunching some spicy cucumber, over a cold beer before making other choices.

            If you want "great" Peking duck, then there is a viable option, but it takes you back to the Strip tariffs. Wing Lei at the Wynn has been the local standard bearer, even after Richard Chang left the premises. It is unlikely that anything in the Spring Mountain corridor will take that dish to "great", and no place will come close in terms of the setting as well (if that matters).

            Also note that Kagemushi is on to something with the location of Shaanxi - that strip mall brings a lot of options to the table. In addition to Chada for Thai, both China Mama (a mix from several regions), HK Star (think a "Hong Kong Seafood" house) and Asian BBQ and Noodles (large menu that covers a lot of territory, though mostly Cantonese; good bang for your buck) are as good as any of their competitors on Spring Mountain. You can even buy Pork Belly by the pound to go at the latter. It is not a bad place to park the car and do a "menu crawl" until you find what you really want, and possibly even have dishes at a couple of different locations (perhaps finishing at Chada for a nice Riesling).

            1. re: QAW

              Thank you, QAW and everyone else. I'm set and intend to indulge in at least two of those choices.

              1. re: sagetom

                If you are in the mood for noodles and/or house-made wontons, I recommend Bejing Noodle Cafe @ 4130 S Sandhill Rd. (off of Tropicana). The noodle dishes are comparable to the best of Flushing, IMO.

                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  Correction: Sandhill at Flamingo in the Sandhill Square corner mall (south east corner), space A-4. I had trouble finding it, and the man working the front of the house and answering the phone says people don't see the sign.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    My apologies. You are correct, of course. I had no trouble finding the restaurant, though. It is on east side of the mall, and much closer to the north (Flamingo).

                    1. re: Dave Feldman

                      The waiter and I were chuckling over the fact that someone was on a cell phone, standing outside the Starbucks in the next building, and even with the waiter giving him directions, the guy still couldn't see the restaurant. The waiter said he's told his boss they need a bigger sign. Boss says it costs money. Waiter says it would pay for itself by bringing in all the customers who can't find them and give up!

          2. re: QAW

            I second Shaanxi gourmet - I was the only non-Asian there when I went. Dirt cheap cold noodles. I rather liked the sour and spicy soup with pork tripe. If you go there and decide you don' like the menu, you can always wander along the parking lot to Chada Thai - almost surely better than any Thai restaurant in New York.

            1. re: kagemusha49

              Al Mancini has a review of Shaanxi Gourmet in today's Citylife magazine:


          3. My vote goes to China Tango on Charleston /Town Center