The Best Chinese Food in San Diego
1. Shan Xi Magic Kitchen
For truly authentic Chinese food, place your order at this Kearny Mesa hot spot. Try the Biang Biang noodles, which are extra wide handmade noodles that are served in a spicy sauce and are so delicious on their own that they need no meat or veggies to accompany them.
2. Dumpling Inn
Satisfy your craving for Chinese dumplings by picking up a to-go order from this Kearny Mesa restaurant. Choose from boiled pork and chive, deep fried beef curry, steamed vegetarian and many more varieties. Of course, you can also order other Chinese favorites, like fried rice, noodles and stir-fried dishes.
3. Mandarin Wok Restaurant
Since 1982, Clairemont’s Mandarin Wok Restaurant has amassed a following of loyal patrons. Some of their favorite dishes include the sizzling rice soup, cream cheese wontons and salt and pepper chicken wings.
4. Chop Suey Peking Restaurant
This family-owned North Park restaurant has been serving incredible Cantonese fare since 1931. With that many years of experience, you know you’re in for a treat regardless of what you order but if you need a few suggestions, a few of the staff’s favorites include crispy beef, walnut shrimp and Szechuan tofu.
5. Minh Ky Chinese
This hole-in-the-wall City Heights restaurant proves that looks can be deceiving. The food, which includes an assortment of egg noodle soups, rice noodle soups and practically any other Chinese dish you could imagine, is highly recommended by regulars. There are so many menu options that you could try something different every time and never run out of options or combinations!
6. Beijing City
For Chinese food in North County, give Poway’s Beijing City a try. All their dishes are made fresh-to-order but the kung pao chicken, garlic shrimp and spicy fish and tofu are some of the favorites.
7. Chef Wong Chinese Cuisine
Chef Wong, which is located in Carmel Mountain, has only been around for a couple of years but it’s already building a fan base in North County. Try the fried cream cheese wontons for an appetizer and the chow fun noodles or the Xiao Long Bao, a steamed bun with pork.
8. Yenchim Garden Restaurant
Rancho Penasquitos is home to Yenchim Garden Restaurant, which features Szechuan and Taiwanese specialties. From crispy scallion pancakes to crispy beef, you’ll find the perfect dish to take home.
9. Golden House
Although it’s located just miles from the Mexican border, Otay’s Golden House serves up some great Chinese food that’s worth the trek. Be sure to ask for the salt and pepper chicken when you call in your to-go order; no meal is complete without this local favorite.
10. Little Chef Chinese Take-Out
When take-out is included in the name of the restaurant, it’s a given that it makes this list. This Ocean Beach establishment is cash only so come prepared when you pick up your order. Give the wonton soup, egg rolls and chow mein a go and consider eating your meal by the beach, which is just a couple blocks away.