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Desperately in search of guilty pleasure Chinese takeout

scr5008 Oct 10, 2013 09:36 AM

OK, so cheap takeout chinese is a comfort food, especially if you're from the Northeast US where any major city has a Chinatown (from Philadelphia). Since I moved down to Austin about 2 years ago, I can't find anything that can compare. My go-to's are General's Chicken (don't judge), lo mein, teriyaki beef skewers, and sweet/sour chicken. I've ordered from many of the local north Austin spots and most serve the lo mein with LINGUINI or spaghetti pasta, the General's chicken with weird strips half fried and dipped into pad thai or BBQ sauce (wtf is this?), and beef skewers are almost non-existent.

I will say that I have gotten some good won-ton soup, specifically from Thai Cuisine on Parmer. They usually have a ton of wontons and very good broth.

I'm not asking for culinary masterpiece Chinese takeout, but I'm in desperate search of something that more closely resembles my stick-to-your-ribs cheap takeout "fast" Chinese fried/sauced food.

On another note, I had this same problem with finding good Pizza, but thanks to Homeslice down town, my pizza cravings are instantly satiated.

  1. amysuehere Oct 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    Have you had the sesame and/or gt's chicken at Din Ho. Absolutely my guilty pleasure.

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    1. re: amysuehere
      slowcoooked Oct 11, 2013 05:30 AM

      Me too, live near and love Din Ho. Also like the GT's chicken at the more viet oriented Sea Dragon. neither deliver unfortunately.

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        rudeboy Oct 11, 2013 05:49 AM

        My sister has a solid delivery chinese place. I can find out, but until we know where the OP lives.......it may be a moot point.

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      Oyster Boy Oct 10, 2013 11:43 AM

      Since you mention north Austin, I recommend Rice Bowl Cafe for take out. It's in a strip mall on the corner of Lamar and Braker. They also have some Tiawanese dishes in addition to good versions of the standard Chinese take-out. The lady who seems to run the joint is very nice.

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      1. re: Oyster Boy
        foodiegal71 Oct 14, 2013 02:45 PM

        Agreed. This is my favorite so far. I still can't find any good, old school egg rolls though. The fat kind made with bubbly egg roll wrappers...they just don't exist in Austin.

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        Rptrane Oct 10, 2013 12:25 PM

        Ho Ho has great chinese as does TC Noodle House.

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          Ashforth Oct 10, 2013 07:34 PM

          Twin Lion at Braker at 183 may be a contender. I got their takeout regularly when I lived nearby. Sadly, they did not deliver.

          The chicken in black bean sauce was one of my favorite items. I liked their lo mein as well, but I'm pretty sure it is made with linguini. What kind of noodle are you looking for in lo mein?

          I don't judge you on the General Joe's, when it is good it is really good.

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          1. re: Ashforth
            rudeboy Oct 10, 2013 08:16 PM

            China Cafe at 183 almost to Lake Creek. Kinda far out (it is near where I worked at one time). Where do you live?

            I love Thai Cuisine for lunch(never been for dinner). Seems to me the real deal for Thai. It is so packed now, you either have to get there at 11:15 or wait until a bit after 1 PM.

            I've never been anywhere where they serve spaghetti or linguini as Lo Mein!

          2. popvulture Oct 11, 2013 01:15 PM

            I live down south in the William Canon / Westgate area, and China Hill has great / classic Americanized takeout/delivery. I lived in NY for years and had the same gripe about Austin until I found this place (luckily from a thread I started on this site).

            Also yes, Din Ho rules!

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            1. re: popvulture
              tom in austin Oct 11, 2013 01:19 PM

              I also live in the area and have been In Search Of. I've done China Hill a few times and haven't seen it, but that could be my fault - what should I order?

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                popvulture Oct 12, 2013 08:26 AM

                I always just get one of of the combos with soup and an egg roll... happy family, kung pao chicken, moo goo gai pan. It hits the spot when I want standard Chinese takeout.

                Definitely not talking anything transcendent here, but I like it.

                1. re: tom in austin
                  sqwertz Oct 12, 2013 10:46 PM

                  China Hill does a proper beef chow fun on par with Din Ho and Ho Ho.


                2. re: popvulture
                  foodiegal71 Oct 14, 2013 02:47 PM

                  I used to live in that area and China Hill was great. The beef chow fun was really tasty. I also liked their pork egg foo young a lot.

                3. girloftheworld Oct 11, 2013 07:17 PM

                  we do HoHo...is HoHo chinese /sachuan I know it is realllllllly good

                  if you like homeslice try Spartan

                  1. rudeboy Oct 12, 2013 09:46 AM

                    I asked my sister, who lives in 78703:

                    "That deliver's to my house?

                    Lotus Hunan

                    Family owned and operated

                    They are great"

                    I've eaten from there with her, and it is good for an american chinese fix.

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                      scr5008 Oct 14, 2013 02:53 PM

                      Thanks everyone! I just got back into town and will be trying all of these places in the near future!

                      @rudeboy - I live off parmer between mopac and 35.

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                      1. re: scr5008
                        Rptrane Oct 14, 2013 08:45 PM

                        Ho Ho is the place to go then.. It's very close to where you live.

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                          rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 10:51 PM

                          How does Ho Ho do at standard American Chinese? For example, I know that Asia Cafe doesn't do very well at some of those standard dishes. Not even sure why they have them on the menu. I've ended up there with groups that contained "normals" who would order General Tso and sesame chicken and subsequently didn't like the restaurant.

                          scr5008 - you could type in your address into old school Google Maps and right click, selecting "search nearby." Type in "chinese" or "restaurant" or whatever and try and find delivery places.

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                        topodrinko Oct 15, 2013 06:36 AM

                        T&S Seafood on N. Lamar does some greasy americanized chinese food, in addition to their more authentic items. i've had the beef chow fun and the GT chicken. wonton soup isn't bad either, but sometimes the broth can be pungent.. maybe it's the white pepper?

                        I also really like the duck fried rice at Ho Ho! it was recommended by someone here. the sweet and sour sauce with the ss shrimp wasn't the neon orange gloop that we were expecting.. pleasantly surprised!

                        Am I the only one that thinks Rice Bowl Cafe is crazy salty??

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                          Oyster Boy Oct 15, 2013 07:10 AM

                          I've ordered/ picked up from Rice Bowl perhaps 20 times (mainly because it is so convenient for me) and never noticed the
                          salting one way or the other. I guess it is to my taste. At any rate, I got a craving as a result of this thread and ordered delivery on Saturday. Excellent versions of Chinese American. But the kickers here are the added Taiwanese dishes. The Roast Beef Rolls are outstanding. The name doesn't conjure up much but it is tender sauced roast beef with grilled green onions wrapped in a green onion pancake, served with hot chili on the side.

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