Newcomers’ Dining Guide: 3 Tempting Tempe Chinese Restaurants

Editorial StaffNovember 9, 2022
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Here’s your cheat sheet for the best Chinese food just east of Phoenix.

Dragon Flame Chinese Grill. Photo by Sam Nalven
Dragon Flame Chinese Grill. Photo by Sam Nalven

Chou’s Kitchen
This Dongbei-style eatery eschews the Cantonese-influenced dishes most familiar to Americans, opting for more hearty, often pickled fare less dependent on rice in favor of noodles, dumplings and even bread.
1250 E. Apache Blvd.
480-557-888, chouskitchen.com

Dragon Flame Chinese Grill
Northern Chinese barbecue is the specialty at this permanently parked food truck, and it’s pretty spicy. But owner Kun Mao can tone it down on request, with slam-dunk regional gems like shimeji mushrooms wrapped in bacon, splashed with barbecue sauce and slapped on the grill.
1125 S. Terrace Rd.
602-881-2284, dragonflame.us

Mandarin House
Never mind the distinctly un-Chinese decor. This strip-mall restaurant is the real deal, offering a separate menu for the cognoscenti, which includes whole steamed fish and squid with black bean sauce.
1825 E. Baseline Rd.
480-838-8988, mandarinhousetempe.com

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.