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Order Like a Pro at Lao Hunan in Chicago's Chinatown

Culled from a dozen or so trial and error trips, the following dishes represent sure-fire hits when planning a trip to Lao Hunan. Admittedly, this is not a list of the most obscure, most adventurous dishes on the menu. Instead, it represents a palate-challenging (as opposed to alienating) crash course on dishes guaranteed to result in return visits. More

Video: Dim Sum Guide from Off the Great Wall

If you're a dim sum newbie who wants to learn more about this popular style of Cantonese cuisine, check out this five-minute dim sum video guide from Off the Great Wall, a YouTube channel about Asian and Chinese culture. In the video host Carmen describes some of the most popular dim sum dishes and what to look for in a good version of each dish. More

5 Boston-Area Chinese Buffets That Are Actually Quite Tasty

A Chinese buffet isn't always the provenance of the drunk or the desperate. A good buffet can be a glorious smorgasbord once one locates the redemptive dish: a pert dumpling here, a hefty egg roll there. The key is to hone in on what the buffet does best and load your plate accordingly (and repeatedly). Here's a cheat sheet. More

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Chinese Takeout Order?

I love Chinese food all of stripes. Deeply spiced Sichuan specialities, complex Muslim-influenced Northern fare, and sprightly steamed Cantonese dim sum all have their place in my heart. But sometimes, I don't want that kind of Chinese. I want the Chinese takeout of my Midwestern childhood, complete with doughy fried dumplings, neon-orange sesame chicken, and overcooked lo mein. Don't be ashamed. What's your go-to Chinese takeout order? More

Ask a Sommelier: Which Wines Go Best With Chinese Food?

A BYOB restaurant is a beautiful thing; it's also fun to get takeout and be able to open wine from your own collection or favorite wine shop. But if Chinese food is on the menu, which bottles should you pop? Depends on if you're eating Mapo tofu or Peking duck, dan dan noodles, dumplings, or delicate seafood preparations. We asked 14 sommeliers for their wine pairing advice. What's the most delicious wine to pair with Chinese food? Here's what they had to say. More

Dinner Tonight: Gong Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken, via Food52)

Kung Pao chicken is a dish often bastardized in Chinese-American eateries into a bland, stir-fried hodge podge of chicken, bell peppers, celery, and peanuts in a gloppy sweet soy-based sauce. The real deal, on the other hand, packs a flavorful punch; savory soy balanced with a touch of sweetness, a splash of dark Chinese vinegar for a fragrant acidity, and plenty of chilis and Sichuan peppercorns for that characteristic ma-la (hot and numbing) profile. More

The Best Beers to Drink with Takeout

"I don't feel like cooking tonight. Let's grab some take-out." Who hasn't said that at least once? No matter how much you like to cook, sometimes you just aren't feeling it. In those instances, a delivery pizza or a jog around the corner for Chinese is just the ticket. While you're out, pick up some beer. But what beer to choose? Here are some general pointers to help you find a good match for whatever dishes you're ordering. More

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