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    Post #1 - November 17th, 2019, 11:32 am
    Post #1 - November 17th, 2019, 11:32 am Post #1 - November 17th, 2019, 11:32 am
    I don't know if this deserves its own thread, and the mods can determine where to put it if necessary. I think there has been a reasonable influx of more authentic or reasonably authentic Chinese food pop up in Chicago since 2014 but especially the last few years.

    I started putting together a list of places that are at least reasonably authentic that have opened since 2014 and are still open (to my knowledge) today. Most of these are centered in Chinatown but some in other areas like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, downtown, etc. I did count some bubble/milk tea places as part of this. You'll see a bigger influx since 2017 here.

    2019
    * Jiao - 18 S Wabash (Loop) | Dumplings
    * Xi'an Dynasty - 2218 N Lincoln (Lincoln Park) | Xi'an
    * Lao Peng You - 2020 W Chicago (Ukranian Village) | Xi'an
    * Shu Tin Xia - 2428 S Wallace (Chinatown) | Sichuan, Hot Pot
    * La Mom Kitchen - 3312 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Shanghainese
    * Chengdu Aroma - 3227 N Clark (Lakeview) | Sichuan
    * Tan Lu - 2101 S China Pl (Chinatown) | Grilled Fish
    * WuFu Hunan Cuisine - 3205 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Hunan
    * D Cuisine - 2733 N Clark (Lincoln Park) | Dim Sum
    * Memoir Spicy Pot - 2002 S Wentworth, basement (Chinatown) | Chongqing/Sichuan

    * YY Hot Pot - 1343 W 18th St (Pilsen) | Hot Pot
    * Chef Xiong - 2143 S Archer (Chinatown) | Sichuan
    * Hello Jasmine - 2026 S Clark (Chinatown) | Taiwanese
    * J's Snack House - 2002 S Wentworth, basement (Chinatown) | Sichuan
    * Mean Bao - 1139 W Taylor (University Village) | Dumplings, Dim Sum
    * Juisy Fruit + Tea - 2157 S China Pl, floor 2 (Chinatown) | Fruit Tea
    * Star Ice Kitchen - 335 W 31st St (Bridgeport) | Dessert, Bubble Tea
    * Mango Mango - 2161 S China Pl, floor 2 (Chinatown) | Dessert
    * Tea Ninja - 3139 N Broadway (Lakeview) | Bubble Tea
    * Taichi Bubble Tea - 6800 N Sheridan (Rogers Park) | Bubble Tea
    * Gathers Tea Bar - 1311 W Taylor (University Village) | Bubble Tea
    * Kurimu - 1159 W Taylor (University Village) | Bubble Tea, Ice Cream

    Also looks like something called Spicy Grandma Kitchen coming to Wentworth in Chinatown and another restaurant called "Chengdu Wuweiyuan Hotpot Restaurant" coming to 3335 S Halsted. MingHin is also opening another outpost on Michigan Ave right south of Roosevelt soon. A place called Eat Me, Milk Me for Bubble Tea also coming to 1111 W Randolph St in West Loop. I'm sure there are others..


    2018
    * Friend BBQ - 2358 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Chinese BBQ
    * Xiao Mei Xing - 2615 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Chinese BBQ, Dongbei (Northeastern)
    * Szechwan JMC Chinese Kitchen - 243 W Cermak (Chinatown) | Sichuan
    * Shan Shaan Taste - 2002 S Wentworth, basement | Shaanxi, Shanxi (yes different, but similar)

    * Sizzling Pot King - 769 W Jackson (West Loop) | Hunan, Chongqing/Sichuan
    * WJ Noodles - 810 W Jackson (West Loop) | Sichuan
    * Grandee Cuisine - 215 E Grand (Streeterville) | Dim Sum, Cantonese
    * Grand Mongolian Hot Pot - 2904 N Broadway (Lakeview) | Hot Pot
    * Daguan Noodle - 2230 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Yunnan
    * Kuan Zhai Alley - 2002 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Yunnan, Sichuan
    * Wentworth Seafood House - 2229 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Cantonese, Seafood
    * Hello Jasmine - 500 W Madison (Loop/West Loop) | Taiwanese, Bubble Tea
    * Gao's Kabob - 232 W 22nd Pl (Chinatown) | Chinese BBQ
    * JIAN - 131 N Clinton, French Market (West Loop/Loop) | Tianjin
    * Meet Fresh - 2026 S Clark (Chinatown) | Dessert
    * TSoCAA - 2026 S Clark (Chinatown) | Bubble Tea, Dessert
    * Bao Bing - 857 W Fulton Market (West Loop) | Taiwanese, Dessert
    * Elitea - 2002 S Wentworth, basement (Chinatown) | Bubble Tea
    * Bingo Tea - 2150 S Archer (Chinatown) | Bubble Tea
    * Te'amo Boba Bar - 520 N Michigan (Streeterville) | Bubble Tea
    * Hubba Bobba - 1013 W Webster (Lincoln Park) | Bubble Tea
    * Bingo Tea - 1130 W Argyle (Uptown) | Bubble Tea
    * TBaar - 1223 W Devon (Rogers Park) | Bubble Tea
    * L'Ours Bakery Cafe - 1424 W Taylor (University Village) | Bubble Tea, Dessert


    2017

    * MCCB - 2138 S Archer (Chinatown) | Sichuan
    * ML Kitchen - 1138 W Taylor (University Village) | Sichuan
    * Min's Noodle House - 3235 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Sichuan
    * Northern Taste - 3409 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Dongbei
    * Taste of Canton - 3324 S Archer (McKinley Park) | Cantonese
    * A Place BY DAMAO - 2621 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Sichuan
    * Taipei Cafe - 2609 S Halsted (Bridgeport) | Taiwanese, Dessert


    2016

    * Happy Lamb Hot Pot - 2342 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Hot Pot
    * Slurp Slurp - 2247 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Lanzhou
    * B.I. Tea & Dim Sum - 131 N Clinton, French Market (Loop/West Loop) | Dim Sum
    * Chatime - 2017 S Wells (Chinatown) | Taiwanese, Bubble Tea
    * TBaar - 2234 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Bubble Tea

    Honorable mentions:
    * Duck Duck Goat - 857 W Fulton Market (West Loop)
    * Imperial Lamian - 6 W Hubbard (River North)


    2015

    * Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings - 2002 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Dumplings, Dongbei
    * Dolo - 2222 S Archer (Chinatown) | Dim Sum, Cantonese
    * Tang's Garden Restaurant - 1826 S Canal (Pilsen) | Dim Sum, Cantonese
    * St. Alp's Teahouse - 2157 S China Pl (Chinatown) | Taiwanese, Tea
    * Macau Tasty House - 2826 S Wentworth (Armour Square) | Macanese
    * MingHin Cuisine - 333 E Benton (Lakeshore East) | Dim Sum, Cantonese
    * Vivi Bubble Tea - 333 S State (Loop) | Bubble Tea
    * Kung Fu Tea - 4925 N Broadway (Uptown) | Bubble Tea


    2014

    * Xi'an Cuisine - 225 W Cermak (Chinatown) | Xi'an
    * Little Lamb Hot Pot - 2201 S Wentworth (Chinatown) | Hot Pot
    * Lao Sze Chuan - 520 N Michigan (Streeterville) | Sichuan
    * Kung Fu Tea - 2126 S Archer (Chinatown) | Bubble Tea



    There are also a number of places that serve bubble/milk tea that are new or new-ish but the places aren't necessarily specifically Chinese such as Taiyaki in Lincoln Park and Ice Q in Roscoe Village.
    Last edited by marothisu on November 17th, 2019, 4:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #2 - November 17th, 2019, 11:43 am
    Post #2 - November 17th, 2019, 11:43 am Post #2 - November 17th, 2019, 11:43 am
    This is awesome; thanks for compiling! Two additional notes: New China Station (2411 W. North Ave) and Serai (2169 N Milwaukee; Malaysian but with an excellent Chinese selection too).
  • Post #3 - November 17th, 2019, 11:46 am
    Post #3 - November 17th, 2019, 11:46 am Post #3 - November 17th, 2019, 11:46 am
    annak wrote:This is awesome; thanks for compiling! Two additional notes: New China Station (2411 W. North Ave) and Serai (2169 N Milwaukee; Malaysian but with an excellent Chinese selection too).


    Thanks. I believe New China Station is over 10 years old. As far as Serai goes, it's mainly Malaysian food though yes there are a few authentic Chinese items on the menu. I'd probably add it to an "Honorable Mention" list, maybe. Fun fact - I was the first ever paying customer at Serai :D
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  • Post #4 - November 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
    Post #4 - November 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm Post #4 - November 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
    I think on Check Please Octarine described Peppercorns Kitchen as reasonably authentic.
  • Post #5 - November 17th, 2019, 2:01 pm
    Post #5 - November 17th, 2019, 2:01 pm Post #5 - November 17th, 2019, 2:01 pm
    nr706 wrote:I think on Check Please Octarine described Peppercorns Kitchen as reasonably authentic.


    It definitely is, though it's in Evanston which is why I didn't include it. There are some places that have opened in Evanston in this time frame that are reasonably authentic or authentic IMO:


    * TEAlicious BUBBLE - 1565 Sherman Ave | Bubble Tea | 2019
    * Shang Noodle & Chinese - 608 Davis St | 2017
    * Peppercorns Kitchen - 620 Davis St | Sichuan | 2016
    * Tsim Sha Tsui Cafe - 1627 Chicago Ave | Chongqing/Sichuan, Taiwanese | 2015
    * Lao Sze Chuan - 1633 Orrington Ave | Sichuan | 2014
    * Kung Fu Tea - 726 Clark St | Bubble Tea | 2014


    There's a Lao Sze Chuan which opened in Skokie in 2014 as well.
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  • Post #6 - November 17th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    Post #6 - November 17th, 2019, 2:58 pm Post #6 - November 17th, 2019, 2:58 pm
    It was in the fall of 2013, but I think Chengdu Impression's opening was as important as any in the expansion of authentic Chinese, Szechuan specifically, to areas that previously weren't exposed to it. It's importance wouldn't be what it was, if it weren't as damn good as it is. If you're going to break precedent, have your fundamentals down. And CI definitely did.

    Great list, charting what we've been lucky to experience.
  • Post #7 - November 17th, 2019, 3:10 pm
    Post #7 - November 17th, 2019, 3:10 pm Post #7 - November 17th, 2019, 3:10 pm
    marothisu wrote:
    * TEAlicious BUBBLE - 1565 Sherman Ave | Bubble Tea | 2019
    * Shang Noodle & Chinese - 608 Davis St | 2017
    * Peppercorns Kitchen - 620 Davis St | Sichuan | 2016
    * Tsim Sha Tsui Cafe - 1627 Chicago Ave | Chongqing/Sichuan, Taiwanese | 2015
    * Lao Sze Chuan - 1633 Orrington Ave | Sichuan | 2014
    * Kung Fu Tea - 726 Clark St | Bubble Tea | 2014

    There's also Hunan Spring, 635 Chicago Ave, which I haven't tried, but I know people who like it. It's authentic in one way, though — the owner was indicted last year on tax evasion charges, similar to the charges against Tony Hu.
  • Post #8 - November 17th, 2019, 3:18 pm
    Post #8 - November 17th, 2019, 3:18 pm Post #8 - November 17th, 2019, 3:18 pm
    Very useful list! Thanks for doing this.

    However,

    marothisu wrote:A place called Eat Me, Milk Me


    I have questions.
  • Post #9 - November 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm
    Post #9 - November 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm Post #9 - November 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm
    bweiny wrote:It was in the fall of 2013, but I think Chengdu Impression's opening was as important as any in the expansion of authentic Chinese, Szechuan specifically, to areas that previously weren't exposed to it. It's importance wouldn't be what it was, if it weren't as damn good as it is. If you're going to break precedent, have your fundamentals down. And CI definitely did.

    Great list, charting what we've been lucky to experience.


    I actually considered going back to 2013 only because of Chengdu Impression. I remember some of my friends who lived in the area were really happy that there was finally an authentic Chinese place near there.

    There should probably be more coming too. There is that new retail mall at the corner of Archer & Wells which will probably get a bunch of places. There's only one I can see from a building permit perspective in the works right now - which is "BBQ House". Whether that is Korean BBQ or Chinese BBQ, no idea.

    On top of that, there is a warehouse being renovated currently on Cermak next to the river kind of around the corner which is going to be turned into 200 hotel rooms with a huge Chinese grocery store (43,000 sq ft), spa, multiple restaurants, coffee shop, and a food court (https://www.465wcermak.com). The developer of both of these is minority owned by a Chinese grocery store company from NYC called Good Fortune, which has 15 or 20 locations in NY/NJ, California, Texas, etc. The website mentions 99 Favor Taste (Hot Pot) and Hot Space (grilled fish) going into this place, which are both Chinese restaurants from NYC. It also will have a huge dim sum restaurant. I have a feeling that there might be some more NYC based Chinese restaurants open in both of these buildings in the near future. Friend BBQ on Wentworth is a NYC-based restaurant (called Friendship BBQ there).

    Also right across the river around Jefferson & 21st, another Chinese developer renovated part of an industrial building into a mall and they're planning another 130,000 sq ft of retail space on the vacant land across the street with over 200 new residential units. I think the mall is actually completed recently but no idea what's going in there.
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  • Post #10 - November 18th, 2019, 9:48 am
    Post #10 - November 18th, 2019, 9:48 am Post #10 - November 18th, 2019, 9:48 am
    marothisu wrote:* Shan Shaan Taste - 2002 S Wentworth, basement | Shaanxi, Shanxi (yes different, but similar)


    Thanks a ton for this. Question: is there a difference between Xian and Shaanxi?
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  • Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 5:51 pm Post #11 - November 20th, 2019, 5:51 pm
    Vital Information wrote:Thanks a ton for this. Question: is there a difference between Xian and Shaanxi?


    I am by no means an expert in this. Xi'an is the capital of the Shaanxi region. Shaanxi and Shanxi are next to one another as regions and as far as I know, the cuisines are pretty similar. Both use vinegar a bit in the dishes but I know that Shanxi has a special vinegar created in the region and the dishes might be slightly saltier than Shaanxi and the vinegar taste might be different too.

    I'll probably have to ask my wife for more explanation..
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