Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Desperate for Good Chinese Food in Denver Area

One of the first things we look for when we move to a new city is good American-style Chinese food. In the last three cities we lived, we found it in strip mall store fronts. We've tried nearly every Chinese restaurant in Centennial, and have not yet found the right stuff.

Here's what we're looking for:
  • Hot and Sour soup -- it must be on the thick side and contain egg, tofu, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and possibly chicken. We found one decent one so far.
  • Fried Dumplings -- my favorite, should be made of pork, preferrably contain ginger. I haven't found anything that is even close to acceptable yet, and I actually had to spit one out of my mouth, which is like sacrilege.
  • Fried Rice -- should contain eggs, carrots, peas, scallions and some sort of meat at a mininum. I'm shocked that so many restaurants here don't put much of anything in the fried rice.
  • Lo-mein -- shouldn't be too thick and doughy or too thin and must be available extra spicy with pork.
We'd prefer a restaurant to the south of Denver city limits, but would be willing to travel occasionally. Right now, the closest thing to acceptable American-style Chinese that I know of is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and my husband doesn't like the lo-mein.

Please don't let Jacksonville, FL beat out Denver for Chinese food.

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