Chan's Chinese
Address1901 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-896-0093
Price$
Scott's Review
You know you’re in a more authentic Chinese restaurant when you find an entry for Crispy Fried Pork Intestines alongside the more usual General Tso’s Chicken. Of course it would be even more authentic if the General’s chicken, an American creation, wasn’t on the menu at all, but we’ll take what we can get. Chan’s must certainly be one of the larger restaurants in the neigborhood. It has a sizable menu, too, but be sure to take a look at the smaller menu that’s available. That’s where you’ll find some of the less well-known Chinese dishes, such as the pork intestines.... Read more
China Palace
Address2740 S. Orange Blossom trail
CityOrlando
Phone407-423-2958
Price$
Scott's Review
This place has scared the hell out of me for nearly 29 years. That’s how long I’ve been driving past it, usually as I turn left onto South Orange Blossom Trail from Michigan Street heading for the on-ramp to Interstate-4. It’s a route I’ve taken probably thousands of times. And most of those times I’ve been conscious of glancing at the freestanding boxy building with the yellow plastic sign across the top, just over the windows clad with metal bars, with the name China Palace Restaurant and a couple of Chinese characters. Who goes there? I wondered. What must it look like inside? Do people really eat there? And then I’d turn my attention to the traffic ahead and gird myself for the only thing scarier, a drive on the moving hell that is I-4. But like I said, I’ve been passing China Palace for almost 29 years, ever since I moved to Central Florida to begin reviewing restaurants. Nearly three decades in a town of fickle diners. A new question began to needle me: How has it lasted so long? We’re in the midst of the Lunar New Year festival, which began on Saturday. And since this is designated the Year of the Rooster, I decided to stop being so chicken. So this time I mad... Read more
Chuan Lu Garden
Address1101 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-896-8966
Price$$
Scott's Review
Chuan Lu Garden is the area's first Chinese restaurant to specialize in food of the Sichuan -- or Szechuan, if you prefer -- province. In a very general sense, that means hot. Really hot. Be sure to order something with the sichuan peppercorn for a unique heat experiment. Everything is very good, but you must also have some of the hand-pulled noodles. Note: Chuan Lu Garden is located within Ginza Japanese restaurant.... Read more
Chuan Lu Gardens East
Address11891 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-282-3388
Price$
Scott's Review
A quick-serve version of the popular downtown Mills 50 restaurant, this one doesn't manage to offer the same quality of food.... Read more
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
Address1103 N. Mills Ave.
CityOrlando
Phone407-237-0606
Price$
Scott's Review

The name Hawkers makes sense once you know the concept, and it only sounds odd if pronounced by someone with a Boston accent.

The idea behind this charming little eatery is to present an array of dishes the type of which might be sold -- hawked -- by individuals who stake out space on the sidewalks and streets of various Asian cities but with, you know, stricter health department guidelines.

I’m resisting the urge to describe the dishes as tapas-like, but most of the menu items are “small plate” in nature. And the best way to experience Hawkers Asian Street Fare is the same as you would a tapeo, except instead of doing a tapas crawl, you might virtually wander these Asian streets and sample a number of delectable items. Try the banh mi sliders (I had the duck version; delicious) and the five spice pork choplettes. The curry Laksa is a wonderful and colorful bowl of myriad flavors with chicken, shrimp and big fat egg noodles.

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Hong Kong Aley's Kitchen
Address10663 E. Colonial Drive
CityOrlando
Phone407-969-0886
Price$$
Scott's Review
I'm glad I stumbled upon Hong Kong Alley's Kitchen. I almost took a different route that day and I might never have noticed it. I'm glad I took the right fork in the road.... Read more
Ming’s Bistro
Address1212 Woodward St.
CityOrlando
Phone407-898-9672
Price$$
Scott's Review

Ming’s Bistro not only serves good Chinese food but does a full complement of dim sum, including traditional cart service on weekends. Be adventurous and point to something you’ve never had before.

I had some very nice entrees from the main menu, none better than the ginger scallion fish fillets. It featured thin pieces of firm white fish covered with slivers of ginger in a yellow sauce that was similar to a curry. The sauce was wonderful with the steamed white rice.

I also liked the house special casserole, though you should know this isn’t the sort of casserole known in the Western world. Rather, it’s more like a stew with all sorts of goodies in it, including beef, pork, chicken and squid.
When I requested the crispy roast pork the woman who took my order kept asking me if I was sure that was what I wanted. Usually such a question is a signal that the dish isn’t very good or is a bit off that day. But she simply wanted to make sure I knew that this particular pork would be somewhat fatty (yea!) and have some small bones. That was acceptable, and the meat, served over rice with a slightly sweet sauce, was mouth meltable.

I also got a strange look w... Read more

Nine Dragons
AddressChina pavilion at Epcot
Walt Disney World
CityLake Buena Vista
Phone407-939-3463
Price$$$
Scott's Review

Recently remodeled, Nine Dragons is probably the easiest restaurant at Epcot to get in to without a reservation. That's because to so many people Chinese food is not equated with fine dining -- it's something that comes in a cardboard container and you get it for takeout. This is different, more of an upscale Chinese dining experience.

I popped in for a lunch and started with a bowl of chicken consomme with pork dumplings, a golden broth with a rich mouthfeel. It had two big dumplings of chewy dough filled with well-spiced ground pork.

For my entree I had the shrimp with spinach noodles, which looked very much like something you'd find served in the Italy pavilion. (But remember that Marco Polo is said to have introduced Italians to pasta after a voyage to China.) The noodles were fettuccinelike and were mixed with red and green sauteed bell peppers and dotted with flecks of hot pepper flakes and topped with cool, fesh coriander.

The shrimp had a thin film of crispiness and peppery spice.

For dessert there was a sponge cake with fruit filling that was slightly dry.

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