Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Philadelphia >
Dec 23, 2013 01:42 PM

Good Chinese food near Ambler

Christmas is coming: for us, it's a movie and Chinese food. It's been nearly 15 years of Chinese food at East Cuisine. The steamed dumplings are a bit doughy, We do like the vegetarian options, however. Anything better in the Ambler environs? How about Queen Chinese in Flourtown?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Would you consider thai? Was thinking about going to thai orchid in blue bell myself on Christmas Eve.

    1. Abacus (Rt. 363 and Sumneytown Pike) has always been a favorite. The dark broth wonton with the small, thin wrapper dumplings is a favorite, as is the calamari appetizer.

      1 Reply
      1. re: Chefpaulo

        And CP.. how can you forget the "amazing shrimp." Abacus is nice.. food a step up from the standard americanized fare.

      2. I wouldn't go to Queen. There is a very good Chinese/Japanese restaurant nextdoor to From The Boot in Lafayette Hill : Kimono. Their Shrimp and Phornix is excellent. For something fancier, Cin Cin in Chestnut Hill might be open on Christmas.

        1. I can vouch for Wing Lee in Horsham (15 minutes from Ambler). I also like Ming's in Hatboro. I know those are a little outside of Ambler and Flourtown but they are a couple of my favorites in the area.

          1. I've had some very good Szechuan at Lai Lai Garden in Blue Bell. My brother travels to China almost monthly and knows the cuisine fairly well. We always order primarily from the Photographic album at the podium as you walk in. Their standard Cantonese fare is OK as are the Bento boxes (they also do some Japanese.) Never tried the sushi. Beef with Cilantro is a favorite. Dan Dan noodles area bit oilier than Han Dynasty, bit most of the dry pepper dishes are worth it.

            1 Reply
            1. re: MainLiner

              My dad spent his retirement years at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell and Lai Lai was his favorite nearby Chinese place. So, we went often.

              Since dad died in 2000, I've been once and, frankly, never thought to recommend it when I saw the original post. Opulently-contrived interior, varied but pricy upscale Chinese-American menu with attentive service but trying to do too much in one kitchen. I pass by often but do not go in. Admittedly, I never tried the Japanese menu.