Chandler, AZ 85224
- Sun, Sat 10am-10pm, Mon-Fri 11am-10pm
- All Major Credit Cards, cash
- Banquet Facilities, Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
- Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
- Recommended for Large Parties, Accepted
- Lot Available
Phoenix New Times' Description
This food is Chinatown-good. Or better, since China King's no grungy hole-in-the-wall, but a sunny, clean, spacious restaurant that stands separate from its strip mall neighbors. There's a traditional menu, but we go for the dim sum, available daily. The place is a madhouse on weekends (in a good way), when Asian families crowd around tables covered in bubblegum pink tablecloths, and waitresses in hot pink Chinese-patterned satin vests push dim sum carts from table to table. Most of China King's 50-plus dim sum choices are approachable, with all kinds of dumplings, buns, and rolls. Fluffy, steamed barbecued pork buns, moist shrimp har gow, and savory sticky rice, studded with bits of pork, shrimp, fish cake, and mushroom, are just a few of the highlights. And desserts are surprisingly addictive. Try the pastries stuffed with shredded coconut, sweet lotus seed sesame balls, or creamy green tea Jell-O -- they all taste great with a pot full of fragrant jasmine tea, which should help ward off a full-on food coma.
It's a pretty easy rule of thumb: Eat ethnic food at places frequented by people of that ethnicity. That's usually a good sign, no matter what kind of restaurant you're checking out. On weekends, Chandler's China King transforms into a culinary mecca for homesick Chinese, who show up in groups with three generations in tow. Squint hard enough, and you may almost convince yourself... More >>
It's a pretty easy rule of thumb: Eat ethnic food at places frequented by people of that ethnicity. That's usually a good sign, no matter what kind of restaurant you're checking out. On weekends, Chandler's China King transforms into a culinary mecca for homesick Chinese, who show up in groups with three generations in tow. Squint hard enough, and you may almost convince yourself that this is Chinatown in San Francisco or New York. And besides, if this dim sum gets the approval of Chinese grannies, we think it deserves a try. Truly, the offerings here (more than 50 in all) are delicious. Flag down one of the waitresses pushing metal steam carts from table to table, and you never know what you'll find. It could be something for the hardcore dim sum fan say, sweet steamed chicken feet or something more accessible, like sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, or barbecued pork buns. There's no pressure, of course. Feel free to wait it out for the next cart, or to help yourself to as many plates as you can handle. You'll go from dim sum dabbler to devotee in no time.
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great dim-sum place.
Best hot & sour soup in the valley!
Here on a Tuesday for dim sum. Not very many carts with food. As usual for many Chinese places, service here is indifferent and lackluster. Many tables are just waiting for any carts.
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