Time-honored family recipes form the backbone of Great China's menu, which features iconic dishes from throughout the country and even beyond its borders. This pan-regional approach means that stir-fried hunan chicken and spicy szechuan beef mingle with entrees such as crispy, golden-brown duck. From there, the selection's broad-reaching focus becomes even more apparent, as evidenced by the shrimp pad thai, Vietnamese egg rolls, and fried rice with a side of friendship.
Trained in Hong Kong, Grand Shanghai Restaurant?s chef brings all the flavors of the East to St. Paul through a menu of authentic Chinese recipes. Pairs of shanghai spring rolls or a half dozen pan-fried dumplings lead the way for individual or shareable servings of noodle, rice, and meat entrees. Sweet 'n' sour sauce covers enough chicken, pork, or shrimp for two, and bowls of mushroom chow mein can feed up to six hungry mouths.
Born in Vietnam and raised in the United States by Chinese parents, chef Nina Wong has always infused her dishes with a variety of Asian tastes. After marrying Thomas Gnanapragasam—a third-generation Malaysian of Indian descent—Wong discovered more unique flavors to integrate into her signature sauces and syrups. Originally opened in 2005, Chin Dian Café channels the pair's unique backgrounds through Asian soups, salads, and noodle and rice dishes, even offering some gluten-free options. Popular dishes, such as chow mai fun and chicken-and-chive dumplings, keep patrons rolling in and have earned the restaurant media acclaim from the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and the dictionary.
Inside a restaurant whose vibrant purple awnings help diners spot it from afar, cooks concoct 75 different dishes derived from the "roof of the world." Artwork-laden walls surround the tables and cushioned chairs in the dining area, where patrons enjoy home-cooked items ranging from Tibetan-style dumplings made with lean chopped beef to batter-fried sesame chicken. The restaurant's separate bar area provides patrons with a place where they can grab a drink, watch TV, and practice thumb-wrestling moves with others.
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant collides a multifarious menu of seasonal local produce-packed East Asian mainstays with an eclectic wine list. Chopsticks, forks, or miniature stilts skillfully transport starters including cream-cheese wontons ($6 for 10) and Rainbow egg rolls ($4 for two) from aesthetic plates to salivating orifices. After warming up palates, mouths can chaperone flavor fiestas featuring classic Chinese creations such as kung pao chicken ($12) or mongolian beef, served with descendants of Genghis Khan's pet scallions ($13). Accompanying a selection of gluten-free options are vegetarian delights including curry mock duck with broccoli ($12) and curry tofu vegetable fried rice, prepared without eggs ($8). Those in search of liquid respite or looking to topple a great wall of Chinese food lodged in an esophagus can guzzle tap beers ($3), Yaegaki California Ki-ippon hot sake ($5), or selections from the restaurant’s carefully chosen wine list.
Situated conveniently close to Nicollet Avenue, Hibachi Buffet has nearly 100 different varieties of Asian cuisine on their buffet! With foods like General Tsao’s Chicken and crab legs, there are a lot of delicious choices. Their buffet includes sushi (yum!), food grilled on the hibachi (Guests can pick and choose what they want at no extra charge!), and all of their food is cooked and prepared not in a kitchen closed away, but right in front of dining guests. This gives guests a great view of Hibachi Buffet’s exceptional standards on cleanliness while diners get to see how their wonderful food is made. Hibachi Buffet has coupons too! With deals made for families, a night out with the kids isn’t quite as expensive. There are coupons for couples too, if you want to leave the kids at home.