At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Austin's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for Chinese food in Austin, we head to Chen's Noodle House - a reader favorite - or we count on Asia Cafe's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Chinese cuisine.
When it comes to traditional Chinese cuisine, you can't go wrong with Chen's Noodle House, where heaping platefuls of hand-cut pasta transport diners to a heavenly noodle nirvana. The family-owned eatery offers pleasant personalized service and an outstanding dedication to quality cuisine, particularly regarding the made-to-order shaved noodles. Savor a light and crispy green onion pancake before diving into a gigantic, out-of-this-world serving of beef noodle soup, stir-fried noodles or noodles with egg and tomato.
Often hailed as the best and most authentic Chinese restaurant in all of Austin, Asia Cafe delights patrons with an astounding variety of rare Chinese delicacies as well as scrumptious American-Chinese favorites for the less adventurous. Located beside the exotic Asia Market, the cafe is famous for its consistently delicious spicy fish and tender eggplant with ground pork. If you prefer to stick to the staples, the orange chicken satisfies with bold tangy flavors.
Barbecue reaches a previously undiscovered level of deliciousness at Austin's First Chinese BBQ, a well-loved offshoot of the Richardson original. Portions are generous, prices are cheap, service is quick and, most importantly, dishes are bursting with serious flavor. Give your taste buds the gift of crave-worthy roast duck, sweet and juicy with a perfectly crisp skin, as well as savory barbecue pork and a side of garlicky sauteed Chinese broccoli; they'll owe you big time.
For familiar favorites executed to perfection, Twin Lion Chinese Restaurant delivers like no other. In fact, while Texas may not be known for Asian cuisine, one taste of Twin Lion's sweet and sour chicken, zesty orange chicken and famously yummy "Wonderful Chicken" might convince you that Austin is actually the world leader in such saucy staples. The staff is smiley, prices are low and diners can even request all white-meat chicken for a small fee.
Lauded as the city's most sensational dim sum spot, Shanghai pleases palates with a smorgasbord of scrumptious Chinese fare. With speedy cart service and an extensive menu, diners can delight in a variety of both familiar and unfamiliar culinary treats. Consistently fresh and flavorful favorites include barbecue pork buns, creamy crab rangoon, turnip cakes and dumplings galore. Make sure to flag down the dessert cart, as well, for spectacular sesame balls and steamed sponge cake.