Variety Is the Five-Spice of Life: Top Orlando Picks for Chinese



For Asian anything, particularly authentic Vietnamese cuisine, ground zero in Orlando is the Mills 50/Colonialtown area, but it's rife with Chinese options, as well. Locals love unpretentious favorites like Ming's Bistro for dim sum under the watchful eyes of the hanging roasted ducks (most agree this adds to the eatery's street cred) or the tasty fare of Tasty Wok or the carbohydrate-laden delicacies of Noodles & Rice Cafe. Indeed this is a neighborhood where favorites from throughout Asia are well slung, much to the delight of "No Reservations" fans with fewer frequent flyer miles than Anthony Bourdain – but you'll find them elsewhere, as well. While travelers can debate the authenticity of Americanized fare that comes in the form of General Tso's chicken, they'll find some interesting choices in the realm of self-serve innovation in Hotto Potto's DIY hot pot bistro, bold and flavorful cultural integration such as China Hut's authentic "chifa," a Chinese-Peruvian hybrid where lovers of fusion can have their ceviche alongside their sweet and sour pork.




With so many of Orlando's best Asian offerings centered around the Mills50 neighborhood, visitors to the parks will be pleased to find this venue down in the resort zone. That said, the prices are a tad "resort area," as well, at iShanghai, but...  Read More




So, you like the DIY sensibility of fondue, but are less than enthused by the massive time and money investment necessary to make it happen. 10Best prescribes Hotto Potto, a fun little concept wherein you begin with a broth base, select from an...  Read More




An undeniable carb-ivore's delight, Noodles & Rice Cafe is not strictly Chinese, but rather an Asian fusion favorite that pulls together an array of delightful dishes, from Hong Kong-style barbecue to the steamy fragrant hot pot. Pad Thai...  Read More


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West Orlando


What's in a (Japanese) name? Not much in this case, but you'll be happy you showed up. This small mom-and-pop � yet another strip-mall gem (Orlando is rotten with them!) is often busy, busy, busy � a testament to its devoted...  Read More


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Mills 50


For authentic Chinese dine-in or delivery, you won't go wrong with Tasty Wok. A long standing favorite in Colonialtown North (the Mills 50 neighborhood is a hotbed of so many Vietnamese gems that other Asian delights are often under-reported)...  Read More


Kim Wu Chinese Restaurant


Kim Wu's location and atmosphere are inauspicious (truthfully, that's largely the norm for Chinese in Orlando – so many are ensconced in varying degrees of "unassuming strip mall"), but the fare is memorable with some surprising authentic...  Read More


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West Orlando


You don't have to have seafood at Joyful Garden. There are numerous chicken, beef, veggie and pork options amid its expansive menu of largely Hong Kong-style fare, but you'd be missing out. The unassuming place, located in the Asian-eats...  Read More


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East Orlando


Spicy beef soup, brined eggs, fried tofu with housemade kimchi and marinated deep-fried pork chops. This is just the tip of the delicious iceberg that is Taipei 101, a hidden gem not far from UCF that's buried in the confines of an Oviedo...  Read More




Fresh ingredients abound at Chef Wang's. What doesn't, mercifully, is the oft-sugary goo that saturates so much of what Americans consume under the "Chinese" heading. Here, steamy-wonderful plates abound – beautifully prepared fish, succulent...  Read More




Sophisticated, spicy and authentic are words you'll often hear associated with Chuan Lu Yuan, a Mills 50-outpost that operates as part of the larger Ginza steakhouse. We'd add colorful, flavorful, aromatic and delicious, though it's likely all...  Read More


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