Fried rice, dumplings, chow mein, egg foo young and those crispy fried wontons that give your egg drop soup a crunch are what typically come to mind when thinking of Chinese food in America.
Many local Chinese restaurants serve these items that we’ve come to love as part of the USA’s culinary landscape as much as pizza, tacos and spaghetti. Others serve dishes that are closer to what you’d find in specific regions of China, and some menus have a pan-Asian influence that covers food from a variety of countries.
Chinese cuisine is ubiquitous in neighborhoods throughout Metro Detroit. Here’s a guide to some top Chinese restaurants currently serving carryout across the tri-county area.
Shangri-La: Curry dishes, fried rice, noodles and congee are on the menu at this popular Midtown restaurant, which is currently offering carryout only. Owner Cholada Chan and her team have classics like almond boneless chicken and Mongolian beef, but also a menu of sushi and dim sum with steamed buns and dumplings. Serving lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 4710 Cass, Detroit. (313) 974-7669. View menu at midtownshangri-la.com. A West Bloomfield location (6407 Orchard Lake) is open for dine-in and carryout.
Bunny Bunny: One of the newest Chinese restaurants in Motown, Bunny Bunny’s often-changing menu has spicy noodles, bao buns, wontons and more. Recently the chefs added a Hong Kong fried pork sandwich and a savory pork belly sesame pancake. The Eastern Market restaurant is open for carryout and some delivery, Wed.-Sat. 1454 Gratiot, Detroit. Order online bunnybunnydetroit.com.
The Peterboro: All the Cantonese favorites you’d expect from a Chinese restaurant in America, but they’re probably the only restaurant on this list with cheeseburger egg rolls (served with pickles) and craft cocktails to-go. Peterboro is open now for carryout dinner and some delivery Wed.-Mon. 420 Peterboro, Detroit. Order online at thepeterboro.com.
Sun Sun Restaurant: No frills and no dining room, this Palmer Park neighborhood Chinese takeout spot is known for Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, big portions, combination meals and family-style dinners. Closed Mondays. 230 W. McNichols, Detroit. (313) 883-1168. sunsundetroit.com.
New Canton Inn: Another spot with no frills (and no windows), this longstanding restaurant services the Downriver area with big portions of Szechuan dishes, chop suey, hot and sour soup and much more. It’s open daily for carryout only right now, and has easy online ordering. 19333 Dix, Melvindale. (313) 928-3590. Order online newcantoninn.com.
LC’s Asian Kitchen: This family-run restaurant has been doing swift carryout business during the pandemic and is popular because of house specialties like lemon chicken, creamy walnut shrimp, crispy duck, ma po tofu and garlic spare ribs. Dining room is temporarily closed. Open for lunch and dinner carryout Tues.-Sun. 29070 N .Campbell, Madison Heights. (248) 584-2505. View menu at lcsasiankitchenmi.com.
TJ’s Shanghai Dumplings: The menu is small, but the flavors here are big. Like the name implies, TJ’s specializes in juicy, pan-friend dumplings. Get them as an order of eight, stuffed with pork, shrimp or a medley of chopped vegetables, all served with a punchy vinegar sauce. Other house specialties at this friendly shop are shrimp chow mein, curry beef noodles and the pork chop. The spring rolls are some of the best on the John R strip of Madison Heights, which is known for its diverse selection of Asian restaurants. Open for lunch and dinner carryout Tues.-Sat. 27312 John R, Madison Heights. (248) 586-9588.
Noodle Topia: One more for Madison Heights (although there could be entire list just for good Chinese food in this city). This noodle house serves a variety of noodle shapes with different proteins and flavors. One favorite is the Szechuan noodle soup with fried ground pork, ground garlic and soybeans. Open daily for lunch and dinner, carryout or dine in. 30120-30140 John R, Madison Heights. (248) 591-4092. Order online noodletopiami.com. See also: Chen’s Noodle and Kung Fu Noodle, both in Madison Heights, are great choices for Chinese noodles.
Jiang Nan Noodle House: Another hot spot for fresh, hand-pulled Chinese noodles, Jiang Nan has been temporarily closed, but is scheduled to reopen this week. Typically open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday. 29222 Orchard Lake, Farmington. (248) 702-0166. View menu at jiangnannoodlehouse.business.site.
Hong Hua: This award-winning, chef-driven restaurant specializes in fine dining and seafood and also serves Peking duck, ribeye steak with black pepper sauce, noodles and rice dishes. Get delivery through third-party apps, order carryout or dine-in and enjoy the full bar service. Closed Mondays. 27925 Orchard Lake, Farmington Hills. (248) 489-2280. View menu at honghuafinedining.com.
Mon Jin Lau: Billed as “Nu Asian” cuisine, this Troy restaurant and lounge has sushi, noodles, rice and Chinese entrees. Mon Jin Lau is currently open for carryout, delivery through some third-party apps, dine-in and also have a heated patio. For dining in, there is a full bar with weekday happy hour. Open daily at 3 or 3:30 p.m. 1515 E. Maple, Troy. (248) 689-2332. Order online monjinlau.com.
Zao Jun New Asian: Like Mon Jin Lau, Zao Jun is another pan-Asian restaurant for those who can’t decide between dumplings or sushi, lemon-pepper shrimp or lo mein. There’s alcohol service here, too (for dine in, take out or even curbside carryout) and a kids’ menu. 6608 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 949-9999. Order online or make reservations zaojunnewasian.com.
Trizest Restaurant: A favorite among Metro Detroit’s chefs and foodies, Trizest has chicken, beef, seafood and tofu dishes, plus house specialties that you don’t always see on menus like pig’s blood curd with pickled red pepper sauce and the fried seafood entrée squirrel fish, which is named for the elaborate way it is fileted and presented. Open for lunch and dinner (closed Mondays), carryout only. The dining room is temporarily closed. 33170 Dequindre, Sterling Heights. (586) 268-1450. Order online trizest.com.
Cheng’s Asian Bistro: On the other side Michigan’s second largest suburb, Cheng’s has a large menu of classic dishes including sweet and sour pork, chop suey, fried rice, lo mein and some Thai dishes, too. The well-regarded bistro — known for quick service, customizable spice levels and large portions — has been closed for indoor dining for awhile, and has a socially distant pickup operation where guests go in one door and out another. Cheng’s recently hit pause on all service until later this month when carryout only will resume. 43005 Hayes, Sterling Heights. (586) 566-9801. Order online chengsasianbistro.square.site.
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