Love, love, love this place. We were visiting a friend who attends the Mizzou and were planning on going out for a (failed) movie night. The problem was that we were attempting to find a place to eat on New Years Day, which if you haven't tried to do it yourself in a college town, is damn near impossible. After dong some extended urban hiking (aha, just kidding; it was only a couple of blocks - I'm just lazy), we came to Jingo's. Decor: The place is super duper dozy. It looked like 5 four-person booths and a few free standing tables, so it *is* on the small size. The walls are red and decorated with the traditional scrolls, lanterns, etc. They also have a semi open kitchen, which was charming on the night we went because our waitress interacted regularly with her two young children while they watched Spirited Away on a plasma screen tv. (So adorable!) We had a party of five, so we ended up grabbing a booth and snagging a chair for the head of the table. Food: I had the shrimp lo mein, which was delicious. We also ha the crab rangoon, which was pretty good too. My boyfriend had gotten the general tso's chicken, which was flavorful and crispy. I was actually pretty jealous of his dish. Service: Our waitress was pretty nice and responsive, but I was a little irked about the wait. The appetizers we ordered were brought out with our food, which didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but no big deal. The waiter who brought out of dishes didn't seem to know the difference between them all, which made giving them out a little annoying. These were all minor things though, and totally didn't distract from the meal. All in all, a great Chinese food place that I would definitely eat at again!
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The Chinese food here CAN be authentic! You just need to be able to read Chinese :-) My friend and I had 'spicy boiled fish', and 'dry cooked pork', both spicy. Both authentic. BUt may not be for everyone... I have liked Singaporean fried rice noodle before. Big portion. ONe serving is enough for both my husband and I. Curry-y and spicy too. If you want authenitic Chinese food, this is the place. BUt go with someone who can read the Chinese menu. And go with big appetite. Probably 4 people ordering 2-3 dish is a good way to do it. In the basement, now there is a Asian market. Has lots of real Chinese flavorings and spices, if you want to try your hand at Chinese cooking, this is a good place to get ingredients. And their price on produce is better than local grocery stores.
I think New Jingo's is the best Chinese restaurant in Columbia, well at least for delivery. However, delivery takes at least twice the estimated time (I've waited 2 hours before). But as far as food, it's delicious!! I normally order the beef with garlic sauce with white rice and crab Rangoon (which are great!). Their garlic sauce is wonderful. It has a spicy bite but its not over powering at all, and it makes the rice taste even better! Today I switched it up and ordered the chicken with mushrooms and I was a bit disappointed. There were only like 6 pieces of chicken and a TON of mushrooms, and there wasn't a lot of flavor. I assume the amount of chicken was bc it was a lunch special but I thought I was getting chicken with mushrooms, not mushrooms with chicken.