Though his chariot oil, sword polish, and fax paper are now obsolete, people still enjoy General Tso's chicken. Make a coordinated attack on hunger with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Chinese fare at iChef Chinese Cuisine in Hoffman Estates.
IChef Chinese Cuisine's food curators conjure up a lengthy menu of traditional and American Chinese dinner meals. Spicy sichuan scallop ($12.95) and bitter-melon beef ($11.95) high-five taste buds with authentic flavors from the Far East, and lightly breaded jumbo shrimp backstroke in American flag speedos through a dish of the Western-inspired honey-glazed walnut shrimp ($12.95). Ample vegetarian options invite diners to sink incisors into traditional platings of garlic green bean ($12.95) or analyze an American Chinese interpretation of sweet-and-sour vegetarian ($6.25+), blended with faux meats culled from soybeans, wheat, and rice proteins. Diners quench parched palates with sips from nonalcoholic drinks, including Chinese herb tea, aloe juice, and virgin strawberry daiquiris, or celebrate successful mergers of American and Chinese fare with fruity cocktails.
IChef's sleek restaurant exterior, framed with glistening blue lights and brick-wall accents, invites diners to settle into the spacious and conservative dining atmosphere. Colorfully painted masks gaze over blue leather booths and white-clothed tabletops as pendant lighting illuminates patrons gazing upon the flat-screen TV or alphabetically reciting the beverage bottles lining the fully stocked bar.
iChef Chinese Cuisine
At iChef Chinese Cuisine, the chefs don't believe their patrons should be limited to the same Chinese food American suburbanites have been eating for decades. That doesn't mean you can't find familiar favorites like crab rangoon, lo mein, kung pao beef, and chop suey there. Rather, it means that in addition to American-style Chinese food, the restaurant also offers authentically prepared Chinese selections. That menu features traditional dishes where meat, seafood, and veggies alike have starring roles: for example, spicy beef mingles among tripe, fish fillets come with ample servings of chinese broccoli or baby bok choy, and heaps of noodles compose Sichuan–style soups with a kick.
The integration of American and Chinese tastes extends to weekday lunch, too, when entrees are served with soup, rice, and fireworks suitable for July Fourth and Chinese New Year. Weekends, however, host dim sum service with a more traditional flair. The bilingual menu at iChef Chinese Cuisine attempts to satisfy nearly every craving, so vegetarians shouldn't expect to feel left out. The authentic menu offers tofu dishes, spicy sautéed vegetables, and filling mushroom-centered entrees. Meanwhile, the "Unique Vegetarian" section of the Americanized menu supplements the usual sauced veggies with imitation meat made with soybean, wheat, and rice protein.
1752 W Algonquin Rd.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192