Think you can’t find authentic Chinese food in Big D? Think again. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to a blossoming Asian population– which in turn has created a diversity of food options when it comes to Chinese cuisine.
You’ll find the highest concentration of eateries located in the suburbs of Plano and Richardson, but that’s not to say that Dallas doesn’t have its own star: Royal China. Going strong since 1974, Royal China is the city's go-to spot for both authentic and Americanized Chinese fare, ranging from moo shu pork and kung pao chicken to Peking duck and ma-po tofu. Don’t miss the homemade dumplings. Oh, and they also put on the greatest noodle pulling show in town.
More treasures await in Richardson at DFW Chinatown, a retail center filled with restaurants offering options for dim sum, hotpot, dumplings, and more. For the best xiao long bao (aka soup dumplings), head to Jeng Chi; for delicious dim sum, locals favor Kirin Court; and for Cantonese-style barbecue– no place does it better than First Chinese BBQ.
And though Plano may not have a designated Chinatown, it is DFW’s epicenter for Chinese food. After all, the city boasts the sixth largest percentage of ethnic Chinese in the country. Here you can dig into Mongolian hotpots at Little Sheep, Taiwanese fare at Wu Wei Din and modern Cantonese cuisine at Mah-Jong.
Of course, these restaurants just scratch the surface of the Far East delights the Dallas area has to offer, but the following list will certainly give you a good start. Just be sure to bring an empty stomach.