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Wishing Town Bakery Cafe’s spicy dumpling soup
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Where to Find Great Chinese Food in New Orleans

From spicy Sichuan dishes to Peking duck to soup dumplings

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Wishing Town Bakery Cafe’s spicy dumpling soup
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Okay, full disclosure. New Orleans isn’t known for its Chinese food. Vietnamese, definitely. Creole, seafood, soul, undoubtedly. That said, there are incredibly good Chinese restaurants, traditional and contemporary, on both sides of the river and the lake, in the ‘burbs and near the airport. Serving soul-warming soups and noodle dishes to splendidly-stuffed bao and the glory that is peking duck, here are Eater’s picks for where to satisfy a craving for comforting Chinese cuisine in and around New Orleans.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Little Chinatown - Kenner

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This friendly spot on Williams Boulevard near the airport has a massive menu of darn good traditional Chinese fare. Get the salt and pepper oysters if they’re on special or try the Peking duck, a rare find at most New Orleans Chinese spots. (The pancakes are bun style, not the thin kind, but very good). Avoiding fried? Try the chicken lettuce wraps, a light dish that satisfies.

Tucked away by a Lakeview shopping center, this Cantonese restaurant is open, airy, and offers outside seating. There are well-priced traditional lunch specials but chef and owner Ming Joe has a few tricks up his sleeve. Besides the usuals for dinner, try the crawfish velvet, a riff on shrimp with lobster sauce and a sultry moo shu pork, with five pancakes.

China Rose

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Adventurous eaters love this Metairie hot spot. If bean curd skin, tripe with special sauce, and fried pork intestines aren’t your jam, crispy duck, orange beef and other traditional dishes more than suffice. The appetizer platter is a bargain, overflowing with egg rolls, wontons, fried shrimp, shrimp toast, crab ragoon, and barbecue ribs. Ask for the secret menu and get the soup dumplings.

Soup dumplings from the secret menu at China Rose
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Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

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While also a bakery, Guangzhou-born couple Vivi and Kevin Zheng version of Chinese specialties are some of the best in town. An extensive array of dim sum and cold noodle salads round out a menu of beautiful cakes and pastries, perfect for a celebration. Wishing Town is expanding with a second location at the corner of Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street in 2022.

YuYan Kitchen

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Excitingly, this newcomer to the Metairie Chinese food scene focuses on Mandarin cuisine, with some Cantonese-style dishes also on the menu — bao, spicy soups, soy beef short ribs, and a specialty called dragon eye meatballs — pork and beef meatballs wrapped around whole boiled egg. It’s a cute and welcoming family-run spot right by the mall, great for fueling up after shopping or stopping by for takeout on the way home.

YuYan’s drag eye meatballs
YuYan Kitchen

Egg Roll House Restaurant

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A Metairie standby for classic Chinese takeout, Egg Roll House is in its fourth decade and can still count on a loyal slew of regulars to keep it going. The throwback, diner-like interior and 80s fixtures is part of its charm.

Royal China Restaurant

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Royal China may have changed hands since longtime proprietor and dining room staple Miss Shirley (and her chef husband) sold the business in 2021, but the trusted new owners plan to make it a smooth, inconspicuous transition. The Metairie fave is known for its dim sum, not offered on traditional carts, but made to order from the menu. Pan fried shrimp dumplings, gelatinous chicken feet, curry squid are a few of dozens of choices offered.

Five Happiness

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New Orleanians love Five Happiness, a sprawling restaurant on Carrollton since 1979. Named for the Chinese tradition of five kinds of happiness: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and peaceful death, Five Happiness adds a full belly to the list. The crispy whole fish with black bean sauce is a winner, ditto the Peking duck, which comes with ten thin crepes for bundling.

Dian Xin

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The joy of having spicy Sichuan food in the French Quarter is boundless for fans of the chili-driven fare from the province in southwest China. Absolutely try the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic swimming in a searing hot broth — best to coddle the dumpling in a spoon and gently poke it with the chop stick to let the steam out, and make it easy to slurp. Also say yes to pan fried pork dumplings and shrimp wonder in garlic chili sauce.

Dian Xin’s xiao long bao 
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Zhang Bistro

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This family-run restaurant is a newcomer to the French Quarter, serving a full menu of both Chinese and Thai specialties right by Cafe du Monde on Decatur Street. It’s a pretty, modern space, with great cocktails, lo mein, peking duck, and the hot wok, a Sichuan-style dish of meat, onion, green pepper, cauliflower, jalapeno, and garlic tossed with spicy brown sauce. Cool down with the mango sticky rice.

Zhang Bistro’s hot wok dish
Zhang Bistro

China Orchid

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China Orchid in the Riverbend neighborhood has been around for more than 25 years, first opened by the mother of Joe Ming, proprietor of Ming’s in Lakeview. Ming’s mother, Susan, taught him how to cook Chinese food in the kitchen of the family-owned Uptown restaurant, which changed hands in 1992. It’s still a neighborhood go-to for Chinese takeout, with an extensive menu and delivery available.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

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Jung’s is a popular spot Chinese-American fare, with a few Korean and Thai dishes thrown into the mix. A fixture in New Orleans for close to four decades, Jung’s keeps prices low even for specialty items on their Chinese menu, which offers the likes of boiled fish in hot sauce, spicy pan-fried chicken, and fiery ma po tofu. For the more conservative of palate go-tos include shrimp with lobster sauce and pork fried rice.

LUVI Restaurant

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Chef Hao Gong elevates everything he touches to another level, and while his mastery with sushi is Luvi’s calling card, his Chinese dishes, both hot and cold, are fantastic as well. The menu changes often, but usually features heavenly curried favor dumplings — beef and caramelized onions wrapped in the featherweight dough and swimming in a lightly curried broth — as well as Shanghai baby back ribs and crispy spring rolls.

Dumplings from Luvi
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Hong Minh Restaurant

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Right off the freeway tucked behind a Best Buy on the Westbank, Hong Minh has an excellent menu of Chinese specialties, alongside some traditional Vietnamese and Asian fusion dishes. It’s a hidden gem for takeout, with menu highlights that include the Mongolian beef, Peking duck, wonton soup, and beef with broccoli.

Hong Kong Food Market

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Although it’s not a restaurant, this spacious Asian supermarket carries a spinning globe of international ingredients along with prepared foods to take away. Head towards the back on the right for glistening, lacquered Peking duck and slices of red hued char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), fragrant with with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and Chinese five-spice powder. Plus, satisfy a Vietnamese craving too with the cheap and good banh mi.

Panda King

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The only place around that serves traditional dim sum from push carts, Panda King on the West Bank has always drawn hordes to the Hong Kong brunch of steamed dumplings, baked buns, roasted duck, and pork. It’s still serving authentic dim sum off the menu for dining in and for takeout, and with rigorous safety precautions in place, cart service is offered on weekends.

Little Chinatown - Kenner

This friendly spot on Williams Boulevard near the airport has a massive menu of darn good traditional Chinese fare. Get the salt and pepper oysters if they’re on special or try the Peking duck, a rare find at most New Orleans Chinese spots. (The pancakes are bun style, not the thin kind, but very good). Avoiding fried? Try the chicken lettuce wraps, a light dish that satisfies.

Ming's

Tucked away by a Lakeview shopping center, this Cantonese restaurant is open, airy, and offers outside seating. There are well-priced traditional lunch specials but chef and owner Ming Joe has a few tricks up his sleeve. Besides the usuals for dinner, try the crawfish velvet, a riff on shrimp with lobster sauce and a sultry moo shu pork, with five pancakes.

China Rose

Soup dumplings from the secret menu at China Rose
Yelp/ Katie S

Adventurous eaters love this Metairie hot spot. If bean curd skin, tripe with special sauce, and fried pork intestines aren’t your jam, crispy duck, orange beef and other traditional dishes more than suffice. The appetizer platter is a bargain, overflowing with egg rolls, wontons, fried shrimp, shrimp toast, crab ragoon, and barbecue ribs. Ask for the secret menu and get the soup dumplings.

Soup dumplings from the secret menu at China Rose
Yelp/ Katie S

Wishing Town Bakery Cafe

While also a bakery, Guangzhou-born couple Vivi and Kevin Zheng version of Chinese specialties are some of the best in town. An extensive array of dim sum and cold noodle salads round out a menu of beautiful cakes and pastries, perfect for a celebration. Wishing Town is expanding with a second location at the corner of Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street in 2022.

YuYan Kitchen

YuYan’s drag eye meatballs
YuYan Kitchen

Excitingly, this newcomer to the Metairie Chinese food scene focuses on Mandarin cuisine, with some Cantonese-style dishes also on the menu — bao, spicy soups, soy beef short ribs, and a specialty called dragon eye meatballs — pork and beef meatballs wrapped around whole boiled egg. It’s a cute and welcoming family-run spot right by the mall, great for fueling up after shopping or stopping by for takeout on the way home.

YuYan’s drag eye meatballs
YuYan Kitchen

Egg Roll House Restaurant

A Metairie standby for classic Chinese takeout, Egg Roll House is in its fourth decade and can still count on a loyal slew of regulars to keep it going. The throwback, diner-like interior and 80s fixtures is part of its charm.

Royal China Restaurant

Royal China may have changed hands since longtime proprietor and dining room staple Miss Shirley (and her chef husband) sold the business in 2021, but the trusted new owners plan to make it a smooth, inconspicuous transition. The Metairie fave is known for its dim sum, not offered on traditional carts, but made to order from the menu. Pan fried shrimp dumplings, gelatinous chicken feet, curry squid are a few of dozens of choices offered.

Five Happiness

New Orleanians love Five Happiness, a sprawling restaurant on Carrollton since 1979. Named for the Chinese tradition of five kinds of happiness: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and peaceful death, Five Happiness adds a full belly to the list. The crispy whole fish with black bean sauce is a winner, ditto the Peking duck, which comes with ten thin crepes for bundling.

Dian Xin

Dian Xin’s xiao long bao 
Dian Xin/Official

The joy of having spicy Sichuan food in the French Quarter is boundless for fans of the chili-driven fare from the province in southwest China. Absolutely try the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, made with ground pork, ginger, and garlic swimming in a searing hot broth — best to coddle the dumpling in a spoon and gently poke it with the chop stick to let the steam out, and make it easy to slurp. Also say yes to pan fried pork dumplings and shrimp wonder in garlic chili sauce.

Dian Xin’s xiao long bao 
Dian Xin/Official

Zhang Bistro

Zhang Bistro’s hot wok dish
Zhang Bistro

This family-run restaurant is a newcomer to the French Quarter, serving a full menu of both Chinese and Thai specialties right by Cafe du Monde on Decatur Street. It’s a pretty, modern space, with great cocktails, lo mein, peking duck, and the hot wok, a Sichuan-style dish of meat, onion, green pepper, cauliflower, jalapeno, and garlic tossed with spicy brown sauce. Cool down with the mango sticky rice.

Zhang Bistro’s hot wok dish
Zhang Bistro

China Orchid

China Orchid in the Riverbend neighborhood has been around for more than 25 years, first opened by the mother of Joe Ming, proprietor of Ming’s in Lakeview. Ming’s mother, Susan, taught him how to cook Chinese food in the kitchen of the family-owned Uptown restaurant, which changed hands in 1992. It’s still a neighborhood go-to for Chinese takeout, with an extensive menu and delivery available.

Jung's Golden Dragon II

Jung’s is a popular spot Chinese-American fare, with a few Korean and Thai dishes thrown into the mix. A fixture in New Orleans for close to four decades, Jung’s keeps prices low even for specialty items on their Chinese menu, which offers the likes of boiled fish in hot sauce, spicy pan-fried chicken, and fiery ma po tofu. For the more conservative of palate go-tos include shrimp with lobster sauce and pork fried rice.

LUVI Restaurant

Dumplings from Luvi
Luvi/Official Photo

Chef Hao Gong elevates everything he touches to another level, and while his mastery with sushi is Luvi’s calling card, his Chinese dishes, both hot and cold, are fantastic as well. The menu changes often, but usually features heavenly curried favor dumplings — beef and caramelized onions wrapped in the featherweight dough and swimming in a lightly curried broth — as well as Shanghai baby back ribs and crispy spring rolls.

Dumplings from Luvi
Luvi/Official Photo

Hong Minh Restaurant

Right off the freeway tucked behind a Best Buy on the Westbank, Hong Minh has an excellent menu of Chinese specialties, alongside some traditional Vietnamese and Asian fusion dishes. It’s a hidden gem for takeout, with menu highlights that include the Mongolian beef, Peking duck, wonton soup, and beef with broccoli.

Hong Kong Food Market

Although it’s not a restaurant, this spacious Asian supermarket carries a spinning globe of international ingredients along with prepared foods to take away. Head towards the back on the right for glistening, lacquered Peking duck and slices of red hued char siu (Chinese barbecued pork), fragrant with with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and Chinese five-spice powder. Plus, satisfy a Vietnamese craving too with the cheap and good banh mi.

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