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Serving up steaming hot dim sum lunches and fiery Sze-chuan and Cantonese delights to the folks at Downtown Halifax, the Great Wall Restaurant has created quite a stir since its opening in 1990. Halifax's eminent weekly news magazine The Coast declared this iconic Chinese restaurant the winner of Best Chinese Food and Dim Sums, an honor that owners Patrick and Long Wong continue to uphold. Combo lunches with Egg Rolls, Chicken Fried Rice and Vegetable Chow Mein provide a quick fix for mid-day hunger, while bowls such as Shrimp with Vegetable Ding and Mongolian Beef are served with steamed rice, lulling you into an instant food coma. Prices are reasonable and service is friendly. The Great Wall Restaurant also delivers to your doorstep.
This award-winning eatery operates with a basic, no-frills concept, the main focus being the scrumptious food on offer. With a team that once cooked for the Japanese Prime Minister in 1988, Jean's Chinese Restaurant has built a reputation for itself near Downtown Halifax. Its versatile menu serves up regional Chinese dishes with a medley of flavors, alongside a handful of Japanese and Thai favorites. Sample Szechuan staples and Cantonese delights, such as the Dai Dop Voy (stir-fried scallops and shrimp along with other meat), Beef with Oyster Sauce and the fiery Ma Po Bean Curd. A Chinese language menu is also available for natives who frequent this restaurant.
The Look Ho Ho Restaurant unabashedly declares its Canadian Chinese identity, and the locals in West End love them for it. Classic staples such as Egg Rolls, Beef Chop Suey, Chicken Fried Rice and Chow Mein feature on the menu, alongside dishes with a slight twist - the BBQ Pork Chop Suey being one such example. There are also several Chef's specials, among which the Ginger Beef comes highly recommended. A handful of Canadian dishes are also offered, such as Clam Strips and Chips and French Fries. Service is consistently efficient and warm, and deliveries are nifty and ensure that food reaches you while it is still steaming hot.
Located in Halifax's North End neighborhood, the Loong 7 Restaurant serves up oriental delights in intimate and family-friendly confines. Lightly stirred greens make the perfect palate-cleansing choice for what's to come later. Those who are looking for steaming hot bowls can settle for flavorful soups - choose the Wontons Soup or classic Hot & Sour. If you wish to try something unconventional, the Curried Giant Panda Brain Cooked in Lion Blood has got your name written over it. Mains include staples such as Chow Mein and Chop Suey, as well as meat and seafood-based specials.
The next time you have a hankering for preservative-free Chinese food, head to 9 + Nine in Clayton Park. Headed by Chef Peter, a well-seasoned veteran when it comes to Chinese food, this casual restaurant serves everything from staple favorites to mildly inventive fare. The eatery is frequented by a number of Asian natives in and around the neighborhood, emblematic of authentic cuisine rather than run-of-the-mill Americanized Chinese. Sample some of the best they have to offer, such as Fried Buns, Shanghai Noodles, Szechuan Shredded Pork and the Bread Dumpling Rolls.