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Chinatown, Center City, Center City East
Chinese Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Take Out, Chinese

Alcohol: Yes, No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Sweet&Sour soup I have ever had!

This place has the best chinese food around! The chicken is all white meat, the fried pork dumplings are so crispy and warm and served with the best sauce, and the sweet and sour soup is unlike any I have ever had ( and I am a HUUGE Chinese food lover)!! The service is eh, and the atmosphere is nothing special, but it feels like a chinese restaurant should feel and the food alone is worth going for. I can't remember the last time I have had good chicken from a chinese restaurant that didn't gross me out..this place is legit!

*Fried banana desert is reallllly good too! Last time I was there we ordered it, and they were out of bananas. Instead of telling us we couldn't get it, they went out and bought bananas!!!


Provided by Citysearch - 
A HORRIBLE restaurant

I went here about a week ago and was shocked by their service! The waiter was VERY rude and seemed to be rushing for us to quickly leave. I was so embarrased since I was taking my friends from NY to this place.

Very cramped and unimpressive. Definitely not a place where you can relax and chat with friends.

I'm not sure why people like the food here. Nothing really was good the day we went. Their wonton soup was mediocre at best. Everything else was below par.

I definitely do NOT recommend this place. Don't waste your time here!


Provided by Citysearch - 
best kept secret in chinatown

i was practically raised here, as far as chinese restaurants go. but seriously, i've been coming here for as long as i can remember. this is literally one of the best places in chinatown, and from the outside just looks like a hole in the wall (which it pretty much is). yes, it's cramped and yes, there usually is a wait (the very longest i think we've ever waited is 15 minutes). but there are some big flavors coming out of that small kitchen. they also offer some exotic dishes you can't find at other places in the city like shark and frogs legs (chinese preparation, not french). and as far as some comments i've read saying that this place is overpriced - i'm not sure what you're thinking! the food here is a bargain! the hot and sour soup, snow pea pod leaves with garlic, and salt baked squid are my favorites, but i've never had a dish here i didn't like. also, something that hasn't been mentioned in any comments i've read is that the kitchen is immaculate (i've seen it), which is extra-comforting since some restaurant kitchens are not. this is a great place to try exotic proteins and flavors!


Provided by Citysearch - 
amazing food

I'm a regular customer ever Sat. nte for the last 7 years, not just your brown or white sauce, truly the freshest crispest food ever, Chicken wings, that are so crisp no sauce needed, the salt baked shrimp no sauce the chopped hot peppers dance on your tounge a treat. Try the steamed dumplings the best bargin in town. The wait staff are very attentive to your needs, Ask for their sugestion they give an accurate description. Hot Pots are a real bargin lots of food. see why they always have a line. Rayman


Provided by Citysearch - 
I'll miss you, Shiao Lan Kung

I'm moving to DC tomorrow, but the salt-baked squid alone is worth a trip back up here. Really though, even the most boring-sounding menu items (I can only read the English names) turn out to be excellent. Definitely gets crowded on weekend nights but the food is well worth the wait. My only complaint is that they aren't open for lunch on Saturdays, or any other day for that matter. I keep forgetting this and showing up anyway. They're open very late though.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Chinese Food in Philly Chinatown Period.

I have to admit, I really like this restaurant. It's a cheap eatery but guarantee good; time and time again. It's not your typical chinese place where you would order General Tso's chicken...forget that. They have a diverse food selection. One favorite that I always get is their to miao (re: toe meow) - it's snow pea leaves sauteed with garlic. It's very good and flavorful. Another one will be their steam sea bass with scallion and ginger.
The service is very quick, however, definitely not a romantic place for your first date.

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