chicago girlResident in Portage park for over 38 years
This isn't in the neighborhood,but if you ever want a sit down place or your in the area for a to go place,try New Star on North Ave just west of Harlem (near Johnny's Beef).I have been gong their over 30 years.I think the best egg rolls.always fresh and still the same quality.Always leftovers for home. \http://www.newstarrestaurant.com/
We always used to go to Kow Kow's, but their dishes are hit or miss. We used to love their egg rolls, but ever since they were on Chicago's Best list~~~it seems like they changed the ingredients. So now, when we go, I order the won ton soup and barBQ ribs for an appetizer. I don't eat their shrimp fried rice because the shrimp are not clean. I like the steak and broccoli dish they have and the fried shrimp appetizer.
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I too have been a kow kow fan and a moy lee fan. I'm an eggroll afficionado too. I have to admit something happened to Kow Kow's eggrolls recently. I used to proclaim them the best in the city (for jewish chinese kinda places). But. Now. I believe Moy Lee is at their eggroll pinnacle in 2012.
The true test of an egg roll isn't done with delivered or take home food. You need the product right out of the kitchen, on a ceramic plate on a table there at the restaurant.
Would anyone who would like to do the taste test some afternoon or evening? FWIW, both places serve Tsingtao beer in bottles too.
Maybe we can get Alderman Tim to tag along? I'm pretty sure he enjoys neighborhood Chinese food. I think the only stipulation if we do get him to join is there can't be anyone else joining us who is gonna rag on him about neighborhood stuff and ruin the mood of the outing.
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Kenji what is Jewish Chinese food ? Most of what Americans think is Chinese food is a very Ameicanized version of Chinese . By the way Moy Lee uses pre made egg rolls like most Chinese restaurants . Kow Kow makes thier own on site . Also , Kow Kow 's egg rolls are twice as big as most of the pre made stuff .
There has got to be a better place than Moy Lee. Last time I ate there, the food didn't seem very fresh, I'm on the hunt for a new Chinese place myself, for now I go back to OLP to the little plaza @ Irving and Kildear. in the little strip mall. been there for at least 20 years, food is good, fresh and they deliver
So I'm Chinese and pretty picky with Chinese fast food takeout and the one in the strip mall on Addison and Central is pretty good. I've tried a few others but didn't meet my standards. Although the one in the mall by Jewel on Narragansett and Irving is ok too.
I just picked up an order of Chinese (shrimp kung po); I always ask for it to be extra extra spicy hot...this is the first place that got it right the first time (never been here before). The vegetables and shrimp are fresh (large and plenty of it shrimp); the rice is hot and fluffy...very good consistencey. Now I found a go to place as I really like asian dishes.
My husband and I like Excelsior Garden in the Veteran's Square shopping plaza on Milwaukee and Higgins. Good food, very nice owners. We also have ordered from China Star (4716 N. Milwaukee). They have Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino food. One of my favorites there is Chow Fun. Also nice owners.
The only place I've ever gone for Chinese takeout in Jefferson Park is Excelsior Garden next to the Jefferson Park CTA terminal. The prices are good, especially for their lunch specials. The only reason why I haven't ventured to other Chinese places in Jeff Park is because everything I've had there has been pretty good, and they give you a lot for the price (for $5-$6, their lunch special easily feeds two).