Philadelphia, or Philly for short, is a Greek word that means ‘brotherly love.’ It has such a rich history as it was the focal point for many events and ‘firsts.’ It’s home to the roots of American democracy and was the location of the first protest against slavery. Italian Market is one of the oldest outdoor markets in the world. The food in Philadelphia does not disappoint either - it’s famous for its soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, a beefsteak and melted cheese sandwich. Chinese cuisine is also extremely popular in Philadelphia and for good reason! It has a well-populated Chinatown that is naturally home to some authentic Chinese cuisine that will satisfy your cravings. Keep reading to find out about the best Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1. Xiang Gourmet
Xiang Gourmet was opened in 2008. It’s one of five restaurants of the same name, the others being in New York and New Jersey. They prepare traditional Hunan dishes and pride themselves on setting high standards for authentic Chinese food. Some of their most popular dishes are rare and aren’t commonly prepared in the city. These include frog with chilli and steamed eggplant. Their diced chicken with chilli pepper and peanuts, tilapia and homemade sticky rice are also popular picks. Overall, they might be a little pricier than other places but the food is definitely worth it.
Address: 1304 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, Avenue of the Arts South
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11:30am - 10pm (closed on Mon)
2. Hunan Palace
Hunan Palace is one of the best places to visit if you’re struck by late-night Chinese food cravings. They serve fresh food and prepare it quite fast, which makes it ideal for a quick grab-and-go. In fact, most of their orders are for takeaway. Their food is spicy and tasty and the two most popular dishes include the shrimp fried rice and the fried scallops. In addition, their food does not use excessive oil and is MSG-free.
Address: 6118 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151, United States
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 11pm
3. Ting Wong
Ting Wong is a casual yet popular restaurant with roasted ducks displayed on the window. They have massive portions that can adequately feed two people for the price of one. They take care to ensure that their food isn’t greasy and is perfectly flavoured. Some of their most popular dishes include beef with broccoli, pork low mein, and cold jellyfish. Philadelphia Magazine has called it one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city.
Address: 138 N 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Website: Ting Wong
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 8am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 8am - 11pm
4. Han Dynasty
Han Dynasty serves authentic Szechuan cuisine, complete with the namesake Szechuan peppers. Their menu is unique in that it rates its food on a spiciness scale, but the spice levels can be adjusted based on preference. They have ample seating as they have an outdoor area, a lounge bar, and private seating. This place serves a few types of beer and wine and they bring food out in plates that are good for sharing. Their dan dan noodles are considered by many to be out of this world. Other popular dishes include the garlic eggplant, mapo tofu and salt and pepper shrimp. They’re so popular that Anthony Bourdain once insisted on stopping by to try their dishes.
Address: 123 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106
Website: Han Dynasty
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 10:30pm
5. DanDan Sichuan and Chinese Cuisine
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Dandan Sichuan and Chinese Cuisine is a chic restaurant and bar that serves dishes from Mainland China and Taiwan. They have a reputation for never disappointing their customers. Their namesake, dan dan noodles are very popular, and they have adequate vegetarian and gluten-free options. It has a romantic ambience, augmented by choice of cocktails, wine or beer, which makes it a great place for first dates or anniversaries. Due to its popularity, they advise that reservations be made prior to arrival.
DanDan Sichuan and Chinese Cuisine
Address: 126 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States
Website: DanDan Sichuan and Chinese Cuisine
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 10:30pm; Sat: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Sun: 11:30am - 10pm
6. Sang Kee Peking Duck House
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Started in 1980, Sang Kee Peking Duck House was the first restaurant to bring the Peking duck to Philadelphia! The duck is freshly roasted daily and is highly regarded for quality. They prepare older Chinese recipes as well as more modern takes on them. Try their seafood noodle soup, eggplant with garlic sauce, or the ginger scallion noodles, all guaranteed to be a delight for your senses. They have private rooms available for parties of up to 50 to 70 people, and they can cater for 20 up to 500 people as needed.
Sang Kee Peking Duck House
Address: 238 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Website: Sang Kee Peking Duck House
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10:30pm
7. EMei Restaurant
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Emei Restaurant is considered to be one of the most authentic Szechuan restaurants in the city. Their food is steeped with flavour and accompanied by free hot green tea. Their classy décor paired with trendy yet contemporary Chinese dishware adds to the pleasant ambience. Make sure you try their dan dan noodles, Singapore noodles, egg drop soup, and Chongqing chicken.
Address: 915 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Website: EMei Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 10pm
8. Dim Sum Garden
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This small but popular restaurant was opened in 2013. The chef immigrated from China with five generations worth of recipes. She began with a simple recipe for xiao long bao - steamed soup dumplings, which is their most popular dish until now. Their food is great solace during the wintertime as the flavour and warmth really keep you cosy. In addition, if you’re new to Chinese cuisine and don’t know how to proceed then they’ll show you the ropes. Please note that they only accept cash and that it gets quite crowded. Expect moderate wait times, so be sure to arrive earlier than when you want to eat.
Dim Sum Garden
Address: 1020 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Website: Dim Sum Garden
Opening hours: 10:30am - 10:30pm (daily)
9. Taste King Restaurant
Taste King Restaurant focuses on Chinese fusion cuisine. It’s so popular that people go out of their way just to eat here, and for good reason! Their food is fresh and perfectly prepared, and their portion sizes are massive, which allows plenty for leftovers - they even allow you to bring your own wine or beer. In addition to the great food, they serve complimentary ice cream and candied nuts. Unlike other restaurants that are more take-out friendly, Taste King Restaurant is one of those places that is perfect for a sit-down dinner with family and friends.
Taste King Restaurant
Address: 10763 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116, United States
Website: Taste King Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11:30pm; Sun: 1pm - 10pm
10. David's Mai Lai Wah
David’s Mai Lai Wah is extremely popular amongst late-night snackers. In fact, a lot of college students as well as those who are out clubbing stop by this place, as it’s open until 3 am. But the business hours are definitely not the only reason it’s popular - they prepare great food at reasonable prices and they serve cocktails that hit the spot. Some of their popular dishes include salt and pepper wings, rice and meat dishes, and the noodle soup.
David's Mai Lai Wah
Address: 1001 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, United States
Website: David’s Mai Lai Wah
Opening hours: 4pm - 3am (daily)
Whether you’re here for the sights or for the food, you’re sure to have your fill of fun. What did you think of these restaurants? Do let us know if you check them out!
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