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Added Mar 08 2018

You may remember Pekin House, the Chinese-American restaurant that opened in the 1950s in the West Ridge neighborhood at 2311 W. Devon Ave. The restaurant’s three owners, over its lifetime, sustained a cult following for Chicago-style egg rolls before the place closed in 2012.

The late Nathan Moy and his son Don Moy opened Kow Kow in 1949 on Devon Avenue at Rockwell Street in the West Ridge neighborhood, about a 10-minute walk east of where Pekin House...

...their five siblings owned the big Three Happiness restaurant in Chinatown at the corner of Wentworth and Cermak, closed now, with the building gone...

...I used to go to Hi-Ho on North near Pulaski,” he said by phone. The chop suey restaurant was just west of the bakery, at...

...he said by phone. The chop suey restaurant was just west of the bakery, at 4116 W. North Ave. “I ate there from the late ’70s till they closed but really have no idea...

Roeser also made his own peanut butter egg rolls while he was away at college, using a 1974 Tribune recipe his mother found for king-size egg rolls from King Wah restaurant, closed in Chinatown at 2225 S. Wentworth Ave.

Mee Mah, 4032 W. Peterson Ave., 773-539-2277, www.meemahrestaurant.com

Three Happiness, 209 W. Cermak Road, 312-842-1964

Original article
Date published
March 8, 2018
    Why do egg rolls in Chicago taste like peanut butter? And more egg roll questions answered
    "We loved the peanut butter-flavored egg rolls at Pekin House. Is there anyplace in the city or nearby burbs where we can find similar ones?" Carole Perlman submitted that question to our reader sourced series "What's the Story?" (See details of the series at the bottom of this article.)

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