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Spicy wontons at Royal China.
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12 Essential Chinese Restaurants in DFW

Where to get dim sum, hotpot, skewers, clay pot rice, and hearty soups

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Spicy wontons at Royal China.
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The Metroplex’s Chinese food scene is a colorful fireworks display of flavors from Cantonese, Shanghainese, Szechuan delicacies — and more — plus Chinese American favorites. It offers a range of dining settings from the more upscale to casual, no frills options.

Chinatown in Richardson is thriving, while a second Chinatown is blossoming in a strip mall on Coit and Park in Plano — with exciting new restaurants popping up further north. Here are the Chinese restaurants to try now.

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Highland Noodles

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The must-order items at this spot are Chinese-style noodles in different widths and thicknesses that are hand-pulled, sliced, served in soup, stir-fried, or in sauce. Lucky diners can have dinner and a show, watching  the noodles made fresh in the open kitchen.

852 Cafe

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Hong Kong style Chinese dishes are front and center on the menu here. Meat over rice recipes such as the baked pork chop smothered with chunky tomato sauce and cheese and satay beef are staples. The curry fish balls with pork rinds is a street food classic that brings back fond memories for many regulars.

Noodle China

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The Chongqing style bowls of fresh made noodles topped with crimson chili oil are a heat seekers’ dream. Diners can choose from a variety of toppings, including minced pork, beef, pork rib and yellow peas. Don’t forget to finish with brown sugar ice powder, clear jelly squares topped with brown sugar syrup, sesame seeds, nuts, and goji berries.

B2J Fish Soup

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This Plano favorite serves a Szechuan specialty dish, the Suan Cai Yu, a spicy, sour fish and pickled mustard greens soup. It’s a perfect dish to warm-up with in the colder months., Choose the serving size based on the size of the party, and  soup flavors from original, spicy or spicy and numbing and the add-ons such as tofu, mushrooms or noodles. It’s open for lunch and dinner service on weekdays, while open all day on weekends.

East Wall Chinese Cuisine

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Chinese American favorites and Cantonese specialties are the go-to. Dining in is the go-to move for trying the Hong Kong style claypot rice, which requires a 20 to 30-minute wait. That patience will be rewarded with a scalding claypot filled with steamed rice topped with a choice of roast barbecue, chicken and mushroom or pork rib, drizzled with a sweet soy based sauce, and the crown jewel that is the crispy golden layer of rice at the bottom. 

Mifen Prince

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Rice noodles are king here. The restaurant specializes in the flavors of the Huaxi area of Guiyang, the capital of the Guizhou province. The signature beef mifen comes in a spicy hot broth with a kiss of sour and delicate, bouncy rice noodles. Don’t miss out on the yogurt, which is made in-house, or the sour plum drink to help manage the heat from the spicy bowl of noodles.

Tian Li Min Dim Sum

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A wide selection of favorite steamed, deep fried, pan fried, or baked dim sum are on this menu. Don’t forget to explore bowls of congee topped with century egg and pork, fresh abalone and chicken, dried scallops, millet and yam or grouper.

Fat Ni BBQ

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Diners here can enjoy northern China-style seasoned meats, seafood, and vegetables on a stick. Beef tendon skewers and the plate of lamb chops are must-orders. Don’t expect to be served rice to pair with this regional delicacy — there is none. Instead, the kitchen offers a choice of noodles, roasted skewered steamed buns, or good old ice-cold bottles of beer as is characteristic of the wheat basket in the north.

Kirin Court

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The expansive ballroom setup here is reminiscent of Hong Kong dim sum houses and is crowded with ten-top tables for celebrating. Get outside the dim sum wheelhouse and try the #27 which is fried balls of mashed taro filled with pork and mushrooms encased in a nest-like shell. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during weekends and holidays.

First Chinese BBQ

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Diners are welcomed into this spot by a window cabinet of Cantonese-style barbecue filled with glossy mahogany skinned roast ducks, amber steamed chicken, a side of crispy-skinned roast pork, and a mountain of red char siu pork loins. Order any of these to graze on with rice, alongside other Hong Kong-style favorites, including fresh shrimp wonton noodle soup and yang chow fried rice.

Royal China Restaurant

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Tucked into the massive shopping center at Preston and Royal, this North Dallas institution has a devoted crowd of regulars. Try the excellent chilled dan dan noodles, which are hand-pulled in-house, and xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Chinese American favorites like kung pao and sesame chicken also get a serious upgrade on this menu.

Maison Chinoise

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Chef Ivan Yuen and Lombardi’s chef Massimo Esposito carefully curated the contemporary Chinese menu to include traditional Chinese favorites from their work and travel across China. Dishes adapted to unique Dallas tastes and sensibilities include prawn and pork siumai with black truffle, dotted with caviar and a sliver of gold leaf or the Alaskan king crab salad with a layer of sliced avocado.

Fortune House Chinese Cuisine

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Soupy steamed xiao long bao is the star of this Shanghai-style restaurant’s menu. Other stellar regional dishes include the Hong Shao Rou (red braised pork belly with bok choy) and the pan-fried pork buns. Now with two locations: the original in Irving and the second on Lowest Greenville

Highland Noodles

The must-order items at this spot are Chinese-style noodles in different widths and thicknesses that are hand-pulled, sliced, served in soup, stir-fried, or in sauce. Lucky diners can have dinner and a show, watching  the noodles made fresh in the open kitchen.

852 Cafe

Hong Kong style Chinese dishes are front and center on the menu here. Meat over rice recipes such as the baked pork chop smothered with chunky tomato sauce and cheese and satay beef are staples. The curry fish balls with pork rinds is a street food classic that brings back fond memories for many regulars.

Noodle China

The Chongqing style bowls of fresh made noodles topped with crimson chili oil are a heat seekers’ dream. Diners can choose from a variety of toppings, including minced pork, beef, pork rib and yellow peas. Don’t forget to finish with brown sugar ice powder, clear jelly squares topped with brown sugar syrup, sesame seeds, nuts, and goji berries.

B2J Fish Soup

This Plano favorite serves a Szechuan specialty dish, the Suan Cai Yu, a spicy, sour fish and pickled mustard greens soup. It’s a perfect dish to warm-up with in the colder months., Choose the serving size based on the size of the party, and  soup flavors from original, spicy or spicy and numbing and the add-ons such as tofu, mushrooms or noodles. It’s open for lunch and dinner service on weekdays, while open all day on weekends.

East Wall Chinese Cuisine

Chinese American favorites and Cantonese specialties are the go-to. Dining in is the go-to move for trying the Hong Kong style claypot rice, which requires a 20 to 30-minute wait. That patience will be rewarded with a scalding claypot filled with steamed rice topped with a choice of roast barbecue, chicken and mushroom or pork rib, drizzled with a sweet soy based sauce, and the crown jewel that is the crispy golden layer of rice at the bottom. 

Mifen Prince

Rice noodles are king here. The restaurant specializes in the flavors of the Huaxi area of Guiyang, the capital of the Guizhou province. The signature beef mifen comes in a spicy hot broth with a kiss of sour and delicate, bouncy rice noodles. Don’t miss out on the yogurt, which is made in-house, or the sour plum drink to help manage the heat from the spicy bowl of noodles.

Tian Li Min Dim Sum

A wide selection of favorite steamed, deep fried, pan fried, or baked dim sum are on this menu. Don’t forget to explore bowls of congee topped with century egg and pork, fresh abalone and chicken, dried scallops, millet and yam or grouper.

Fat Ni BBQ

Diners here can enjoy northern China-style seasoned meats, seafood, and vegetables on a stick. Beef tendon skewers and the plate of lamb chops are must-orders. Don’t expect to be served rice to pair with this regional delicacy — there is none. Instead, the kitchen offers a choice of noodles, roasted skewered steamed buns, or good old ice-cold bottles of beer as is characteristic of the wheat basket in the north.

Kirin Court

The expansive ballroom setup here is reminiscent of Hong Kong dim sum houses and is crowded with ten-top tables for celebrating. Get outside the dim sum wheelhouse and try the #27 which is fried balls of mashed taro filled with pork and mushrooms encased in a nest-like shell. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during weekends and holidays.

First Chinese BBQ

Diners are welcomed into this spot by a window cabinet of Cantonese-style barbecue filled with glossy mahogany skinned roast ducks, amber steamed chicken, a side of crispy-skinned roast pork, and a mountain of red char siu pork loins. Order any of these to graze on with rice, alongside other Hong Kong-style favorites, including fresh shrimp wonton noodle soup and yang chow fried rice.

Royal China Restaurant

Tucked into the massive shopping center at Preston and Royal, this North Dallas institution has a devoted crowd of regulars. Try the excellent chilled dan dan noodles, which are hand-pulled in-house, and xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Chinese American favorites like kung pao and sesame chicken also get a serious upgrade on this menu.

Maison Chinoise

Chef Ivan Yuen and Lombardi’s chef Massimo Esposito carefully curated the contemporary Chinese menu to include traditional Chinese favorites from their work and travel across China. Dishes adapted to unique Dallas tastes and sensibilities include prawn and pork siumai with black truffle, dotted with caviar and a sliver of gold leaf or the Alaskan king crab salad with a layer of sliced avocado.

Fortune House Chinese Cuisine

Soupy steamed xiao long bao is the star of this Shanghai-style restaurant’s menu. Other stellar regional dishes include the Hong Shao Rou (red braised pork belly with bok choy) and the pan-fried pork buns. Now with two locations: the original in Irving and the second on Lowest Greenville

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