Finding places that serve authentic Chinese flavors in Treasure Valley can be a challenge, but not an impossible one. Search around the restaurant listings in Boise, and you'll find several very impressive eateries dishing up all the dim sim, noodles, and sweet and sour chicken you could ever want. Here's where to get the best Chinese food in Boise.
10. Yang Sheng Chinese Restaurant (7609 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709-1689)
Not only does Yang Sheng Chinese Restaurant have a full-service bar (something of a rarity among Boise's Chinese restaurants), but it also offers the kind of menu that Chinese food fans will find impossible to resist. Whether you opt for the steamed BBQ pork buns, the shrimp har gow, the Mongolian beef, or the snow-white chicken, prepare for big flavors, hearty portions, and top-notch ingredients. There are several gluten-free options available, along with a good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Save a little space for a green tea ice cream for dessert.
9. Panda Garden (2801 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83705-3039)
If you can't decide whether you want Japanese or Chinese, split the difference by booking a table at Panda Garden. The restaurant's expansive menu takes diners on a culinary tour around both Japan and China, offering hungry customers the chance to tuck into shrimp tempura, sushi, chop suey, lo mein, egg foo young, and much, much besides. Take-out and delivery are both available. Service is quick and efficient, the prices are small, and the portions are generous - what's not to love?
8. Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant (8630 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709-1645)
If you want to tuck into some authentic Chinese cuisine and enjoy top-notch service while you do it, you won't want to miss Lucky Palace Chinese Restaurant. The food is prepared fresh, served with generosity, and packed with flavor. The dining room is unassuming, but if you're more concerned about the quality of the food than the decor, you won't leave disappointed. The menu is mammoth, with over 100 dishes to select from. Take-out is available.
7. China Grand Buffet (912 W Emerald St, Boise, ID 83706)
With a tremendous amount of choice, incredibly small prices, and friendly service, the China Grand Buffet is a must-visit for fans of Chinese cuisine. A Boise institution for over 20 years, it keeps its loyal clientele happy with a menu of over 200 items, all of which come packed with authentic Asian flavors. Not only is it one of the few places in town serving up dim sum, but it also boasts a hibachi grill and a sushi bar where each individual piece of sushi is made fresh on the spot by the restaurant's team of experienced chefs. Considering the quantity and quality of the food on offer, the prices are incredible, with a midweek lunch costing just $9.75, a weekday dinner coming in at $13.25, and a weekend lunch or dinner fetching a tiny $13.25.
6. P.F. Changs (391 S 8th St (at W Broad), Boise, ID)
Chain restaurants sometimes get a bad rep, but even people who normally avoid them will usually make an exception for P.F. Changs. And if they don't, they're missing out. Specializing in American Chinese cuisine, it dishes up consistently high quality, delicious dishes that include everything from baked sea bass and Peking duck to salt 'n pepper prawns and a Mongolian beef that shouldn't be missed. There's also an excellent selection of wines, cocktails, and Asian beers. Diners can eat in, take out, or order for delivery.
5. Wok-Inn Noodle (4912 W Emerald St, Boise, ID 83706)
As the name suggests, noodles are the star of the show at Wok-Inn Noodle. Thick, bouncy, and slathered in sauce, their homemade noodle dishes are a must-try. Most dishes can be cooked to varying degrees of spiciness, depending on your heat tolerance. Dine-in and delivery options are both available.
4. Panda Express (7804 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709)
If you've ever eaten at one of Panda Express' 2000 plus locations, you'll know exactly what to expect - small prices, big portions, great customer service, and the type of food you'd happily eat every day of the week. It's not the kind of place you're going to experience something completely new or unexpected, but if you're a fan of Chinese food designed with American tastes in mind, you'll love it. Some of the key dishes to try include grilled teriyaki chicken, sweet fire chicken breast, Beijing beef, Kung Pao chicken, and honey walnut shrimp.
3. Golden Star (1142 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706)
This long-time Treasure Valley staple has been earning loyal customers and rave reviews for the best part of 30 years thanks to its winning combination of great service, great prices, and even greater food. There's a huge selection of dishes to choose from, covering everything from Chinese-American favorites like General Tso chicken and crab rangoon to authentic Cantonese specialties like Fung Wong chicken and won ton soup. On top of that, there are dozens of fried rice, noodles, and chow mein dishes to tuck into.
2. Guang Zhou Restaurant (7609 W Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709)
Guang Zhou Restaurant delivers a modern spin on classic Chinese dishes in a stylish, elegant dining space. The menu is huge, covering everything from pepper steak to fiery kung pao chicken, hot and sour soup to beef curry noodles. Whether you like your food spicy, sour, or sweet, you'll have no problem finding something that floats your boat. Dine-in, takeout, and delivery options are available.
1. Yen Ching Restaurant (305 N 9th St, Boise, ID 83702)
If you want to try some of the finest Chinese cuisine in Boise, take the advice of Trip 101 and head for Yen Ching Restaurant. Diners can expect quick service, relaxed vibes, and an irresistible collection of authentic Chinese dishes like egg rolls, potstickers, seafood in coconut curry, snow-white chicken and Mongolian beef. The dim sum menu leaves nothing to be desired either. Save a little room for the gorgeously refreshing chilled lychee and green tea ice cream for dessert.
Written by Liz Flynn
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