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Good Chinese food?

Postby towanda » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:26 am

The A8 thread was the inspiration for this one. Where does one go in Madison for good, New York City-quality, MSG-free Chinese food?
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby Crockett » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:50 am

New York
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Postby Dairylander » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:59 am

Downtown - Wah Kee Noodle at Blair and Willy.
West side - that little hallway restaurant in Hilldale.
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Postby Crockett » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:04 am

Dairylander wrote:Downtown - Wah Kee Noodle at Blair and Willy.
West side - that little hallway restaurant in Hilldale.


Neither use MSG?
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:12 am

Yeah, I don't know what "New York City-quality" means, either.

For ethnically-authentic Chinese, try Hong Kong Wok (the one in the hallway at Hilldale), Fugu, or Asia Express.

For tasty Americanized Chinese, try Hong Kong Cafe or China Wok on Fordem.

EDIT: Thinking about it later, I'm wondering/hoping if the NYC reference wasn't a sarcastic jokey add-on to an otherwise serious question, given the usual "where can I find X like back in Y" post.
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby Aubrey McFate » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:39 am

I like the Jade Garden.
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby Stebben84 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:13 am

I've always had good food at Imperial Gardens on E. Wash. I also really like Yen Ching on Midvale by the beltline. If you really know your traditional Chinese food, they would be willing to make it if it's not on the menu. I haven't, but an Asian friend of mine has.

The New York reference is a little odd considering the West Coast has much better Asian cuisine in my opinion. Nothing in this town even comes close to the Chinese food I had in Vancouver.
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Postby Peanutbutter » Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:06 am

Don't know if it is "traditional" or not, but Wong's Garden by the Barrymore is always tasty.
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Postby depinmad » Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:53 pm

dairylander had it right, in my opinion. though neither are new york quality.
had some chinese food in brooklyn last weekend that made me wish i was there more often.
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Postby supaunknown » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:33 pm

depinmad wrote:had some chinese food in brooklyn last weekend that made me wish i was there more often.

I wish you were there more often too. /zing

My experience with Chinese food is hit or miss. I've had cheap stuff out west that was the same as the cheap stuff here.
Liked the place on Fordem before AND after they switched to a buffet. Good stuff.
Quality-wise, the place across from East Towne seems good (Imperial Palance?).

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Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:59 pm

supaunknown wrote:Liked the place on Fordem before AND after they switched to a buffet. Good stuff.

China Wok on Fordem isn't a buffet. Are you thinking Great China, a little bit north on Sherman?
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby supaunknown » Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:43 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:
supaunknown wrote:Liked the place on Fordem before AND after they switched to a buffet. Good stuff.

China Wok on Fordem isn't a buffet. Are you thinking Great China, a little bit north on Sherman?

Probably. The place next to Jacobson's is terrible. The good place is next to the used junk store at the corner of Aberg.
I can never remember stuff. Must've smoked too many pot stickers.
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby TheBookPolice » Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:51 pm

supaunknown wrote:
TheBookPolice wrote:
supaunknown wrote:Liked the place on Fordem before AND after they switched to a buffet. Good stuff.

China Wok on Fordem isn't a buffet. Are you thinking Great China, a little bit north on Sherman?

Probably. The place next to Jacobson's is terrible. The good place is next to the used junk store at the corner of Aberg.
I can never remember stuff. Must've smoked too many pot stickers.

Great China is next to Jacobson Bros. Don't think I've ever had it. QQ Asian Buffet is the former Bluefin and China Palace (which was very well-received in its day), and is on the corner of Sherman and Aberg.

Obviously, the conventions for naming Chinese restaurants (either the general Column A/Column B model, or the more involved wildcard model) leave something to be desired in terms of creating a memorable experience.
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:58 pm

TheBookPolice wrote: QQ Asian Buffet is the former China Palace and is on Sherman as well, so maybe that's what you're thinking of.

It is.
I know, 'cuz supa and I supped there together.

Pretty good -- but then, I'm a sucker for Chinese buffets.

One strange complaint: Not a single kind of salad dressing. Literally none. They have lettuce and (the standard Chinese buffet selection of very basic) ingredients, but no dressing. Next time, I'll bring a leftover packet from a Glass Nickel order...
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Re: Good Chinese food?

Postby ilikebeans » Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:35 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:Obviously, the conventions for naming Chinese restaurants (either the general Column A/Column B model, or the more involved wildcard model) leave something to be desired in terms of creating a memorable experience.

While it's a Japanese restaurant, the name Sushi and Hibachi doesn't exactly inspire confidence. Anyone been there?
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