When you think of New Orleans cuisine, there are certain things that spring to mind immediately - namely cajun and creole. But while Asian food might not be considered typical New Orleans fare, you'll still find plenty of Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants carving out a place for themselves in the Big Easy's food scene. If you're craving some hot and sour soup, spicy wantons, or Peking duck, these are the top ten places to try some of the best Chinese food New Orleans has to offer.
10. Chinese Tea Garden, 5226 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA
If low prices, friendly service, and great food tick your boxes, you're going to love Chinese Tea Garden. The hot and sour soup shouldn't be missed, but you probably won't want to leave without trying the shrimp lo mein, General Tong's Chicken, shredded pork in hot garlic sauce, or the mandarin chicken either. if you want to dine like royalty without leaving a ding in your wallet, it's a must.
9. Royal China, 600 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA
Royal China has been a New Orleans institution since 1977, keeping generation after generation happy with its selection of traditional dim sum and American-Chinese fusion dishes. There's a huge selection of soups to choose from (the hot and sour soup comes particularly highly recommended) together with an equally extensive assortment of appetizers (try the shrimp pan-fried dumplings), rice and noodle dishes, meat and seafood entrees, and vegetarian options. Take-out is available, but the intimate dining room with its aquariums and Chinese lanterns are worth staying in for.
8. Five Happiness, 3605 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
As gonola.com notes, Five Happiness has been in the business for over 30 years, making it a must-visit for anyone looking for great Chinese food. The varied menu of authentic Chinese classics includes a sublime crab Rangoon, spicy jumbo shrimp, and salt and pepper fried calamari you won't want to miss. There's also a great selection of vegetarian options for non meat eaters, together with a good assortment of Chinese - American fusion dishes like General Tso Chicken.
7. Blue Giant Chinese, 1300 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA
Forget what you know about comfort food. When it comes to the kind of food that will cheer up even the most miserable day, dumplings are the business - specifically, the spicy wontons at Blue Giant Chinese, which come stuffed with ground shrimp and encased in a spicy, crispy shell. According to Nola.com, other menu highlights include extra-wide, extra slippery noodles served with soy-soaked beef, dry-fried eggplant tossed with hot peppers, and fried rice rich in aromatic onions and scallion.
6. Red’s Chinese, 3048 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA
If you want to try something a little different from your usual Chinese fare, don't miss Red’s Chinese, a restaurant that marries Chinese flavors with Southern ingredients to spectacular expect. Try the Kung Pao Pastrami (house-smoked pastrami, rice cakes, holy trinity, chili, and prickly ash oil), the Hawaiian Fried Rice (fried chicken, bacon, pickled pineapple, curry, and cilantra), a Pork Belly Bun, or a Craw Ragooon made with crawfish tails, cream cheese, and spicey honey. The menu is family-style, with sharing encouraged. Factor in the fun atmosphere, friendly service, and great selection of beers and cocktails (try the Thai Tea Frozen Daiquiri, a fabulous concoction of rum, cinnamon, black cardamom, and sweet milk), and it's easy to see what makes it such a popular destination.
5. Luvi Restaurant, 5236 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA
Named one of the best Chinese restaurants in New Orleans by wanderlog.com, this intimate eatery dishes up a winning menu of creative Chinese & Japanese dishes with a spin. Chef Hao Gong's sushi might be the restaurant's main claim to fame, but his Chinese creations are equally sensational, particularly the Shanghai baby back ribs and the featherlight, beef and caramelized onion dumplings served in a lightly curried broth. Choose between dining in, delivery or curbside pickup.
4. China Rose, 3501 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie, LA
If you're a meat and potatoes kind of person, China Rose might not be the place for you. If you don't mind getting a little adventurous with your food choices, consider it an essential part of the Big Easy's culinary experience. With fried pork intestines, tripe with special sauce, and bean curd skin on offer, this is no place to get meek and mild about your menu selection.... although those of a more delicate disposition will still find plenty of choice on a menu that includes everything from eggs rolls and wontons to shrimp toast and crispy duck.
3. Dian Xin, 1218 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA
Chinese restaurants might be a rarity in the French Quarter, but thanks to Dian Xin, Chinese food lovers shouldn't discount the neighborhood completely. Since opening in 2019, the restaurant has carved out a place for itself among the dozens of Creole eateries with some of the best dim sum in the city. Expect delicate dumplings crammed with stuffings like chicken, steamed pork, chicken and kale, and crabmeat and crawfish. Other dishes not to miss include the pan-fried noodles, honey chicken, and Dian Xin wings.
2. Ming's, 7224 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA
If you're craving some of the best hot and sour soup in New Orleans, take the advice of foursquare.com and head on over to Ming's, where great service, friendly staff, and delicious food combine to create one of the city's best spots for Chinese food. All of the entrees are sharable, making it a great place for gatherings. Along with the hot and sour soup, be sure to try the Moo Goo Gai Pan (chicken stir-fry with mushrooms, celery, onion and water chestnuts in a light, savory sauce) and the Honey Walnut Shrimp (rice-flour battered and lightly crisped shrimp topped with a sweet cream sauce and honey-glazed walnuts).
1. Little Chinatown, 3800 Williams Blvd Kenner, LA
Named one of the best restaurants for Chinese food in New Orleans by Eater.com, this friendly little eatery by the airport does the kind of authentic, flavor-packed Chinese fare you'd willingly travel miles to try. From the salt and pepper oysters to the Peking duck, everything is fresh, delicious and guaranteed to hit the spot.
Written by Liz Flynn
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