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Where to Find the Most Exciting Chinese Food in the Twin Cities

22 destinations for delectable dan dan noodles, dim sum, and everything in between

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Whether in Saint Paul, Minneapolis proper, or the suburbs, the Twin Cities is flush with a vibrant assortment of Chinese restaurants.

Many dishes go beyond traditional American-Chinese menus dominated by sweet and sour to offer something truly unique, all while capturing the wonderful world that China and its respective provinces offer. It’s important to note, however, that the scope, breadth, and depth of complexity of Chinese cuisine is tough to recreate in any one menu. Here are 22 destinations in the Twin Cities for General Tso’s chicken, dim sum, lo mein, and more.

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1. China Tiger

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2178 Silver Lake Rd NW
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 746-0220
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Adjacent to the Brightwood Golf Course in New Brighton is China Tiger, a fantastic spot for Cantonese favorites like Mandarin chicken or General Tso’s shrimp.

2. Wong's Gourmet

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1254 E Moore Lake Dr
Fridley, MN 55432
(763) 574-1889
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Located off the Central Avenue corridor, Wong’s has been servicing the Fridley area for years, with a hefty amount of entrees that can be served in half-size portions with a choice of white rice or fried rice and side (egg drop soup, wonton soup, hot sour soup, or cream cheese wontons).

3. Rose Garden Asian Bistro

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6090 Shingle Creek Pkwy
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
(763) 560-7000
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A stone’s throw away from Centennial Park, this Brooklyn Center fixture serves a countless amount of go-to favorites like General Tso’s chicken in a homely setting.

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4. Szechuan

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2193 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 633-3113

Located near Asian spots like Kyoto Sushi and Ichido Ramen at the Har Mar Mall, Szechuan fuels up shoppers with Cantonese dishes like boiled fish in Szechuan hot sauce.

5. Panda Garden Buffet

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1706 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 488-5505
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Located off Lexington and Larpenteur in the same strip mall as St. Paul Bagelry, Keys Cafe, and more, Panda Garden presents its Cantonese favorites buffet style. There’s also a soft-serve machine to sub in the sweetness of a fortune cookie.

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6. House of Wong

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1135 Larpenteur Ave W
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 488-6687
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A longtime fixture on Larpenteur Avenue in Roseville, House of Wong was recently remodeled, but their focus on great Cantonese and Chinese-American fare has not lost its original touch or flavor. Go for the sesame chicken.

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7. JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar

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730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 208-0706
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Over on the North Loop in Downtown Minneapolis, Jun Szechuan Kitchen keeps patrons satisfied with tasty mains like dan dan noodles.

8. Shuang Cheng

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1320 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 378-0208
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This 31-year-old staple in the heart of Dinkytown is long known for its top-notch Chinese-American menu that has a specific focus on seafood specialties.

9. Skyway Wok

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250 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-9669
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With two locations in the labyrinth known as the Downtown Minneapolis Skyway, Skyway Wok is a worthy destination for great egg rolls, lo mein, and chow mein.

10. Tea House Chinese Restaurant

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2425 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-8866
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Housed in a former Baker’s Square since its inception on the U of M campus, Tea House is known for its stellar buffet in a pleasant and elegant setting, as well as its glorious selection of delectable Cantonese dishes.

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11. Hong Kong Noodle

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901 SE Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 379-9472
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Another East Bank staple on the U of M Campus, Hong Kong Noodles’s flagship has filled up hungry students and professors with traditional Cantonese cuisine for years.

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12. Lao Sze Chuan

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304 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 886-3906
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Located on the East Bank of the U of M campus, Lao Sze Chuan serves a satisfying smorgasbord of Chinese-American fare.

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13. Lucky Dragon Restaurant

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1827 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 375-1690
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Located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Lucky Dragon provides students and residents alike with old-school Chinese favorites and an array of buffet options.

14. Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

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1337 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 369-6688
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Master Noodle (formerly Magic Noodle) makes fresh, hand-cut noodle dishes daily, serving the Midway regulars and visitors with delights like garlic chicken fried noodles.

15. Peking Garden

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394 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 644-0888
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Peking Garden has been providing a wondrous array of Cantonese and Chinese fare since 1991 at its location off University Avenue near the Minnesota State Capitol building.

16. Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar

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2739 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-7084
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Situated in the heart of Eat Street, Rainbow Chinese has been churning out delectable Chinese-American fare since the late 1980s. Be sure to kick off lunch or dinner right with an order of egg rolls.

17. Pham's Rice Bowl

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920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 870-2622
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Midtown Global Market’s Pham’s Rice Bowl offers an array of beef, chicken, pork, and veggie options to satisfy any taste palate, with a bevy of appetizers to boot.

18. Szechuan Spice

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3016 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 353-4281
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Located in the Lyndale-Lake area of Minneapolis, Szechuan Spice is not only home to fantastic Chinese-American staples, but also the Fish Dish — spiced right and plentiful enough to tackle with a squad of hangry homies.

19. Cheng’s Garden

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3023 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 821-1111
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Tucked off Lake and Nicollet on the Southside, Cheng’s is known for a variety of Cantonese specialties, but their fried rice is the pinnacle of sustenance. The popular order is available in seven different varieties.

20. Dragon Wok Chinese Dine In Delivery & Takeout

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805 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 886-1185
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Powderhorn’s Dragon Wok delivers a legendary beef and broccoli, among other fresh and dazzling takes on Chinese-American classics.

21. Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant

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2910 W 66th St
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 869-6817
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Located across from Southdale Center in a strip mall, Red Pepper has been serving patrons with dishes that burst with flavor, like their beloved five spice lobster, since 1992.

22. Mandarin Kitchen

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8766 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 884-5356
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Located in Bloomington, Mandarin Kitchen is not only for both great Cantonese fare, but also excellent dim sum that attracts regulars from the Twin Cities and its respective suburbs.

1. China Tiger

2178 Silver Lake Rd NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Adjacent to the Brightwood Golf Course in New Brighton is China Tiger, a fantastic spot for Cantonese favorites like Mandarin chicken or General Tso’s shrimp.

2178 Silver Lake Rd NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

2. Wong's Gourmet

1254 E Moore Lake Dr, Fridley, MN 55432

Located off the Central Avenue corridor, Wong’s has been servicing the Fridley area for years, with a hefty amount of entrees that can be served in half-size portions with a choice of white rice or fried rice and side (egg drop soup, wonton soup, hot sour soup, or cream cheese wontons).

1254 E Moore Lake Dr
Fridley, MN 55432

3. Rose Garden Asian Bistro

6090 Shingle Creek Pkwy, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Rose Garden Asian Bistro/official photo

A stone’s throw away from Centennial Park, this Brooklyn Center fixture serves a countless amount of go-to favorites like General Tso’s chicken in a homely setting.

6090 Shingle Creek Pkwy
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

4. Szechuan

2193 Snelling Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

Located near Asian spots like Kyoto Sushi and Ichido Ramen at the Har Mar Mall, Szechuan fuels up shoppers with Cantonese dishes like boiled fish in Szechuan hot sauce.

2193 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

5. Panda Garden Buffet

1706 Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
Orange Chicken from Panda Garden
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Located off Lexington and Larpenteur in the same strip mall as St. Paul Bagelry, Keys Cafe, and more, Panda Garden presents its Cantonese favorites buffet style. There’s also a soft-serve machine to sub in the sweetness of a fortune cookie.

1706 Lexington Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

6. House of Wong

1135 Larpenteur Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113
Beef Fried Rice with Pot Sticker Sauce at House of Wong
House of Wong/Facebook

A longtime fixture on Larpenteur Avenue in Roseville, House of Wong was recently remodeled, but their focus on great Cantonese and Chinese-American fare has not lost its original touch or flavor. Go for the sesame chicken.

1135 Larpenteur Ave W
Roseville, MN 55113

7. JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar

730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Over on the North Loop in Downtown Minneapolis, Jun Szechuan Kitchen keeps patrons satisfied with tasty mains like dan dan noodles.

730 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

8. Shuang Cheng

1320 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This 31-year-old staple in the heart of Dinkytown is long known for its top-notch Chinese-American menu that has a specific focus on seafood specialties.

1320 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Skyway Wok

250 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

With two locations in the labyrinth known as the Downtown Minneapolis Skyway, Skyway Wok is a worthy destination for great egg rolls, lo mein, and chow mein.

250 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

10. Tea House Chinese Restaurant

2425 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Szechuan Style Walleye at Tea House
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Housed in a former Baker’s Square since its inception on the U of M campus, Tea House is known for its stellar buffet in a pleasant and elegant setting, as well as its glorious selection of delectable Cantonese dishes.

2425 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

11. Hong Kong Noodle

901 SE Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Hong Kong Style Lobster from Hong Kong Noodles
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Another East Bank staple on the U of M Campus, Hong Kong Noodles’s flagship has filled up hungry students and professors with traditional Cantonese cuisine for years.

901 SE Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

12. Lao Sze Chuan

304 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Appetizer Spread at Lao Sze Chuan
Lao Sze Chuan/official

Located on the East Bank of the U of M campus, Lao Sze Chuan serves a satisfying smorgasbord of Chinese-American fare.

304 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

13. Lucky Dragon Restaurant

1827 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Lucky Dragon provides students and residents alike with old-school Chinese favorites and an array of buffet options.

1827 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

14. Master Noodle (Saint Paul)

1337 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Master Noodle (formerly Magic Noodle) makes fresh, hand-cut noodle dishes daily, serving the Midway regulars and visitors with delights like garlic chicken fried noodles.

1337 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

15. Peking Garden

394 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103

Peking Garden has been providing a wondrous array of Cantonese and Chinese fare since 1991 at its location off University Avenue near the Minnesota State Capitol building.

394 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103

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16. Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar

2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Situated in the heart of Eat Street, Rainbow Chinese has been churning out delectable Chinese-American fare since the late 1980s. Be sure to kick off lunch or dinner right with an order of egg rolls.

2739 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

17. Pham's Rice Bowl

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Midtown Global Market’s Pham’s Rice Bowl offers an array of beef, chicken, pork, and veggie options to satisfy any taste palate, with a bevy of appetizers to boot.

920 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407

18. Szechuan Spice

3016 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Located in the Lyndale-Lake area of Minneapolis, Szechuan Spice is not only home to fantastic Chinese-American staples, but also the Fish Dish — spiced right and plentiful enough to tackle with a squad of hangry homies.

3016 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

19. Cheng’s Garden

3023 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Tucked off Lake and Nicollet on the Southside, Cheng’s is known for a variety of Cantonese specialties, but their fried rice is the pinnacle of sustenance. The popular order is available in seven different varieties.

3023 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

20. Dragon Wok Chinese Dine In Delivery & Takeout

805 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Powderhorn’s Dragon Wok delivers a legendary beef and broccoli, among other fresh and dazzling takes on Chinese-American classics.

805 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55409

21. Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant

2910 W 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423

Located across from Southdale Center in a strip mall, Red Pepper has been serving patrons with dishes that burst with flavor, like their beloved five spice lobster, since 1992.

2910 W 66th St
Richfield, MN 55423

22. Mandarin Kitchen

8766 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420

Located in Bloomington, Mandarin Kitchen is not only for both great Cantonese fare, but also excellent dim sum that attracts regulars from the Twin Cities and its respective suburbs.

8766 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420

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