We cant get enough egg rolls at a little place in Centerville. This place is called North China. For our first food adventure posting we chose a favorite in our home town. We are reformed Chinese buffet-ists. No longer are we blinded by the tacky neon lights that adorn the buffets. We have found a place that changes all that.
Since 1987, North China has been doing things the right way.. homemade. They roll their own egg rolls, which have a peanut flavor that is downright addicting. They press their own wontons, they handmake each crab rangoon. This is one of Ragu’s Favorite places to eat, and the prices are an incredible value. Folks, the lunch prices average 6 to 7 dollars and you get soup, wonton and a chicken wing.
Each dining experience at North China is like a family affair. It starts with being greeted by the owners, a friendly staff, and inviting decor. We always enjoy comparing our bellys to the life sized Buddah statue in the lobby.
The menu has lots of options, traditional choices and not so traditional choices. Want to be a food adventurer? Then go for the Korean menu and play roullette (written in Korean, bring your own translator). This is how we stumbled into the gelatinous sea cucumber, which is one of the most interesting, exotic and strange things we have tasted.
Here is what we do recommend:
First and foremost, you have to try the best damn Egg Roll ever. The hint of peanut and pork is amazing to even the grumpiest of people.
One of our current faves is Orange Beef, a dish that is made with hand sliced orange rind and bursting with flavor. Not your bottled sauce here.
The House Noodle Soup is very tasty and is filled with noodles, shrimp, beef and scallops. Even the Food Adventurers couldn’t finish this meal sized soup big enough for 2.
Ragu has been addicted to the Crispy Shrimp dinner since the late 80’s, a fried favorite with a sweet spicy sauce. Ragu also loves the thinly sliced Mongolian Chicken lunch which is served over a bed of crispy rice noodles (he asks them to make it spicy!).
If you are looking for a great Chinese restaurant, we invite you to check out one of our favorites. It is a great sit down dining experience.
Chef/Owner “George” is a master craftsman and takes pride in his dishes. Your humble Food Adventurers say “RUN DONT WOK to NORTH CHINA !”
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