Hankering after some perfectly spiced Mongolian beef? A bowl of warming hot and sour soup? Or maybe you've got an itch for some giant steamed buns? If it's Chinese food you're craving and you live in St. Paul, you're in luck. The city is packed with restaurants dishing up exactly the kind of food guaranteed to satisfy your appetite, whether that's bouncy, chewy noodles or delicate dim sum. Here's where to grab the best Chinese food in St. Paul, MN.
10. Kim's Chow Mein (2048 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104-5744)
Kim's Chow Mein has changed hands a few times over the past 20 years or so, but regardless of who's in charge of the lease, it's always worth a visit. The food is always super tasty, the service is unfailingly quick and friendly, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. If you're looking to add a new Chinese takeout to your rotation, you won't regret making it this one.
9. Ho Ho Gourmet (1985 Old Hudson Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55119-4395)
For first-rate service, top-notch Cantonese cuisine, and friendly vibes, make your way to Ho Ho Gourmet. Standout dishes to try include velvet chicken corn soup, beef and broccoli pan fried noodles, tofu hotpot, and a crispy, spicy, wonderfully complex Bei Fung Tong fish that's worth writing home about. Dine-in and take-out options are both available.
8. Peking Garden (394 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55103)
If you're nurturing a late-night craving for Cantonese food, head for Peking Garden, a friendly operation with efficient staff, late-night opening hours, and an orange chicken to die for. While you're there, it's also worth dipping into the beef chow fun and cream cheese wontons, both of which are guaranteed to leave you thinking about your next visit before you've finished your first.
7. Hunan Garden (380 Cedar St, Saint Paul, MN 55101)
The rumaki chicken (chicken liver and water chestnut wrapped in bacon) gets a lot of love at Hunan Garden, but then again, so do the potstickers, Mongolian beef, cashew chicken, fried rice, and wantons. Basically, whatever you order, there's a very good chance you'll be leaving with a smile on your face.
6. Ha Tien Super Market (1959 Suburban Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55119)
If fluffy steamed buns and piles of sticky rice garnished with Chinese sausage tickle your fancy, do as Eater recommends and check out Ha Tien Super Market, a fabulous deli that's been drawing rave reviews and loyal customers for years. While you're there, be sure to enquire about the Peking duck - buy a whole one if you're feeling particularly greedy, or grab a container of the sliced meat in sauce if you're not.
5. Leo's Chow Mein (1059 Hudson Rd, Saint Paul, MN 55106)
If you like buffets, Chinese food, and friendly service, you're going to love Leo's Chow Mein. The buffet features an average of around six different meat, seafood, vegetable and rice-based dishes, all of which are served on a revolving buffet that you can simply pick and choose from as you sit at your table. If you see the chicken almond ding, grab it. Other dishes not to miss out on include the shrimp with black bean sauce and the cashew chicken.
4. Little Szechuan (422 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55103)
If you prefer American Chinese dishes like General Tso's chicken, Little Szechuan might not be the restaurant for you. If you're keen to try some authentic Chinese food unlike anything you've probably tried before, don't miss it. The restaurant specializes in the cuisine of Sichuan, a region where spice in general and the fiery, mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorn in particular reign supreme. It's not for the faint of heart, but for an exceptional culinary experience you won't forget in a hurry, it's unmissable. As an added bonus, you get a free cup of ice cream at the end of each meal to calm and refresh your palate.
3. Magic Noodle (1337 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55104)
If you're in the mood for some seriously good noodles, don't miss Magic Noodle, a local institution that lives up to its name perfect. The wide, bouncy, hand-stretched noodles are delicious enough to eat on their own, but no one will complain about enjoying them in a bowl of Shanxi shaved noodle soup (a spicy broth crammed with brisket and sprinkled with green crunchy scallions and cilantro) or in dishes like string bean and pork belly fried noodles and braised egg pork noodle. If you're not in the mood for noodles, there's a vast range of other dishes to try like spicy beef shank and pan-fried pork dumplings. Be sure to save some room for the sublime green tea cheesecake for dessert.
2. Mei Mei Chinese Restaurant (277 McKnight Rd S, Saint Paul, MN 55119)
Ranked as one of the best Chinese restaurants in St Paul by Four Square reviewers, Mei Mei Chinese Restaurant is a must-visit for Asian food fans. The sesame chicken is consistently excellent, but the cream cheese wontons, hot and sour soup, and shrimp with lobster sauce shouldn't be missed either. Along with the meat and seafood entrees, there's a great range of rice, noodle, and vegetable dishes for vegetarians.
1. Tea House (1676 Suburban Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106)
Great food, a friendly atmosphere, and affordable prices await you at Tea House, a firm favorite with locals and a reputation for dishing up some of the best Chinese food in St. Pauls. The Szechuan twice-cooked pork is always a winner, but there's plenty else to try as well, including a tender Mongolian beef cooked with just the right balance of spiciness, melt-in-the-mouth pepper steak with onion, and, for those who prefer things the spicer the better, a fiery pork in Szechuan hot sauce that's liable to blow your head off. Take out is available, but the elegant dining room and friendly wait staff make it worth booking a table.
Written by Liz Flynn
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