Roasted duck with crackling skin, a length of noodles mingling with vegetables in a dark sauce, crispy chicken nibbles dipped sauced with something sweet and spicy, while Minneapolis and St. Paul are lacking in a defined Chinatown, there is no shortage of fantastic Chinese dishes. Half the excitement is tracking them down at these small businesses. From markets packed with ingredients and deli options, restaurants serving up feasts on lazy susans, and tucked away neighborhood spots serving tasty Chinese-American classics.Read More
11 Delicious Chinese Dishes in the Twin Cities, and Where to Find Them
Dumplings, Peking Duck, fried rice, and even General Tso
1. Szechuan Spice
Uptown fans are loud and dedicated to this Lyndale Avenue spot. There’s a criminal shortage of soup dumplings around town, but Szechuan Spice is serving them. Make it a meal with an order of the scallion pancakes on the side.
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2. Soul Fu
Minneapolis, MN 55413
A playful mix of Asian and soul food dishes, Soul Fu is one of the brand new food stands open now in the North Loop. A fun non-traditional twist on fried rice mixes crispy fried chicken and eggy fried rice that fast becomes the sort of thing an eater craves.
North Loop’s Chinese restaurant is back after being closed for a while. While the Chong Qing spicy chicken isn’t blow-the-roof off spicy as Szechuan food is known to be, these are wonderfully satisfying, crispy fried chicken bites built to please the Minnesota palate.
4. Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar
Tammy Wong’s beloved Chinese restaurant has become an Eat Street icon. No visit is complete without an order of the Szechuan Wontons. Soft dumpling wrappers cradle ground pork and shrimp in a rich brothy sauce of black beans and scallions. Despite the name, there’s almost no spice, instead just comforting savoriness.
5. Cheng's Garden Chinese Restaurant
A strip mall located spot is ground zero for incredible pork fried rice. There are no peas or carrots mucking up the business: but a straightforward crispy, savory mix of onions, egg, and char siu pork. This is a lifesaver for a tightly budgeted diner for other Chinese American favorites like sesame chicken and General Tso. Just plan ahead to bring cash. Cheng’s does not accept plastic.
6. Shuang Cheng
A lifeline for University of Minnesota students strapped for cash, Shuang Cheng serves generous portions at reasonable prices. Those looking for Chinese American dishes like Kung Pao are happy as are those who appreciate a whole, fried fish feast. Don’t miss the baked, spicy crab for a dish that’s as fun to eat as it is to Instagram.
7. Tea House Chinese Restaurant
First a note that there are two Tea House restaurants under different ownership. The one of visit first is the University Avenue location that has an outstanding collection of Szechuan dishes including dumplings doused with a sweet-hot chili oil and ma po tofu, studded with ground pork, scallions, and a rich-hot sauce.
This modern Asian restaurant serves wonderful Lo Mein, with a succulent sauce and vegetables that are perfectly tender-crisp. The modestly-sized menu is packed with hits from ramen to crispy-fried chicken bao.
9. Eggroll Queen Cafe
The name says it all: look no further for fantastic crispy-fried eggrolls stuffed with filling. Order up a few and settle in for live music inside this cafe that opened in the fall of 2019.
10. Magic Noodle
This relatively new spot on the food-dense University Avenue has been packing in hand-stretched noodle fans from day one. The Shanxi shaved noodle soup is a spicy broth studded with tender-rich brisket and garnished with green crunchy scallions and cilantro.
11. Ha Tien Super Market
St Paul, MN 55119
Stop by this gorgeous deli for giant steamed buns, mounds of sticky rice studded with Chinese sausage, but the absolute can’t-miss dish is the Peking duck. Order a whole duck to bring home, or grab a smaller container with sliced meat and sauce.