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19 Great Spots for Chinese Food in Metro Detroit

Where to find warm beef noodle soup, plump pork buns, and fried chicken-filled bao

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Like other major metropolitan areas, Detroit could claim its own Chinatown as early as the 1870s. Located near Third Avenue where the MGM Grand Casino now stands, the neighborhood was largely flattened in the mid-1900s to make way for office buildings and freeways. Many members of the community relocated their businesses to Cass Corridor, but that area too eventually declined and restaurants shut or relocated to other cities in the metro area.

Today, scores of Chinese restaurants operate around the region serving up old-school Michigan favorites like almond boneless chicken alongside spicy mapo tofu, jjajangmyeon, and salt and pepper squid. More recently, southeast Michigan Chinese restaurants have also branched out into hand-pulled noodles and hot pot. Whether the day calls for dim sum or numbing bowl of Sichuan noodles, here are 19 excellent Chinese restaurants to try in metro Detroit.

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Red Star

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This longtime Dearborn favorite is particularly adored by vegans and vegetarians as it serves meatless versions of Chinese-American favorites like “beef” and broccoli and sesame “chicken.” Place orders by phone for carryout.

New Peking

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For more than 30 years, this Garden City restaurant has been dishing out Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine. House specialties include the Chinese-Korean dish ja-jang mein (jjajangmyeon), noodles stir-fried with chopped onion and shrimp, topped with a Chinese black bean sauce. Customers can place orders for pickup.

Jeff's Kitchen

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Without crossing the border into Windsor, there are only a handful of places in metro Detroit to find soup dumplings. Jeff’s Kitchen serves some of the best examples around, along with other Shanghai-style dishes like blue crab and sizzling beef with vegetables. Customers must make reservations and should expect to place an order over the phone for dine-in service.

Hong Hua

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A highly regarded white-tablecloth establishment, Hong Hua is a good place to fill up on Peking duck. It’s prepared in two styles: crispy with honey-glazed skin, Chinese crepes, scallions, and hoisin sauce or boneless and stir-fried with vegetables. Customers also love the honey-glazed, sliced barbecue pork. Dining-in is by reservation-only but orders for pickup are accepted by phone. Order delivery through Grubhub or DoorDash.

Jiang Nan Noodle House

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This Farmington Hills restaurant is one of a handful of establishments in southeast Michigan offering Chinese hand-pulled noodles. Choose from options like beef noodle soup and stir-fried noodles, tofu skin salad, and seven different styles of fried rice. Call ahead to place orders for carryout. The restaurant also offers delivery through DoorDash.

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Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant

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Shangri-La is a local favorite for Cantonese cuisine. Reflective of her own heritage (born in Thailand to Chinese parents) owner Cholada “Nancy” Chan has developed her restaurant into a catch-all destination for everything from Thai-style Massaman curry to bubble tea, and roasted duck noodle soup.

TJ's Shanghai Dumplings ( JD Trading USA LLC )

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The menu at this tiny spot is short, but it’s quality over quantity here. As the name suggests, dumplings are the star of the show at this carryout restaurant. They’re simple, yet flavorful, and are housemade with pork, shrimp, chicken, or vegetarian. 

LC's Asian Kitchen

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A family-owned spot in Madison Heights, LC's serves Chinese cuisine with a few Thai dishes thrown into the mix. The deep-fried pepper squid is a house specialty and the mapo tofu is a well-spiced choice for vegetarians. Call ahead to place an order for takeout or get delivery via DoorDash, Seamless, Caviar, Postmates, or Grubhub.

A pile of crispy fried duck on a white plate over chopped lettuce at LC’s Asian Kitchen. Brenna Houck

Noodle Topia

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This modern, casual restaurant serves bowls of numbingly spicy Sichuan noodles and rich lamb noodles that are perfect for slurping, and a robot waiter may even bring it to your table. Beyond the soups, the restaurant also serves a handful of sides and dim sum options such as green onion pancakes toasted pork buns. Place orders online for carryout or by phone.

Chen's Noodle 狀元麵

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Chen’s Noodle serves Cantonese cuisine from a modest strip-mall storefront. Dig into big bowls of shrimp wonton soup with mild broth, mala spicy beef soup, springy platters of steamed rice noodle rolls in peanut sauce, and Hong Kong-style milk tea. Call ahead to place an order for pickup. Delivery is also available via Doordash.

A red bowl filled with wonton soup with dumplings, noodles, and baby bok choy. Brenna Houck

Liang's Oriental Barbeque

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Tucked away into a busy strip mall, this carryout operation in Madison Heights zooms in on Cantonese barbecue. Drop in and pick up takeout containers filled with roasted duck, barbecued pork, and beef belly. The barbecue is hung up on display behind the counter and chopped with a huge cleaver to order. Remember to take cash.

Duck and pork hang from hooks on the other side of a counter window. A woman in a green shirt and an apron works in the corner cutting meat. Brenna Houck

QQ Bakery

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This Chinese bakery is teeming with sweet and not-so-sweet treats such as red bean buns, egg tarts, pork buns, and melon cakes. Grab a set of tongs and fill up a tray. There’s also a vast selection of bubble teas. Don’t forget to take cash.

An assortment of Chinese buns and pastries on a red tray with yellow tongs on top. Brenna Houck

Kung Fu Noodle House

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Kung Fu Noodle House features a variety of Cantonese, Sichuanese, and Taiwanese dishes. Expect options like beef noodle soup, noodles with soybean paste, and cumin lamb as well as a variety of chili pots, skewered meats, and dumplings. Place orders by phone for carryout or order delivery with DoorDash, Caviar, or Uber Eats.

Tai Pan Bakery

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The longtime bakery tucked in a well-trafficked strip mall of John R Road keeps customers satisfied with fresh and affordable Chinese pastries. Seek this spot out for durian pastries, taro root crispy cakes, and banana leaf-wrapped sticky rice with sausage. Bonus: This spot also serves bubble tea. Fill out a paper slip and place an order at the counter. Just don’t forget your cash.

Little orbs or taro root crispy cake fill a tray inside a display case at Tai Pan Bakery. Brenna Houck

Zhang B-B-Q

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Grab a savory meat snack at this Chinese barbecue shop in Madison Heights. All the staples are available including roasted duck and bright red barbecued pork. Be advised: This spot is just for takeout and requires cash.

168 Asian Mart

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Many chefs around the region rely on 168 Asian Mart when stocking up on a variety of hard-to-find-in-Detroit ingredients. However, the grocery store also features a respectable food court and bakery, where customers can pick up an array of delightful meals and snacks from Chinese barbecue to cumin lamb noodles to Chinese crepes. Drop in for some shopping and place an order for carryout.

The food court at 168 Asian Mart has side-by-side counters serving Chinese barbecue and noodle dishes with flat screens advertising grocery items on special. Brenna Houck

Lao Pot

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This Chinese hot pot restaurant dishes out thinly sliced pieces of pork, beef, and veggies in flavorful terrines of broth. Lao Pot has a modern feel and a full bar. The restaurant accepts reservations as well as takeout orders by phone.

Trizest Spicy Sichuan Restaurant

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This Sterling Heights essential specializes in Sichuan dishes with peppercorns that leave your mouth tingling. It’s also one of the few spots featuring vegan- and vegetarian-friendly fare. While classics like General Tso's chicken are rightfully tempting and delicious, return patrons will tell you to skip straight to the fried squirrel-shaped fish and peppery Sichuan dishes like lamb and vegetables tossed in a spicy bean sauce. Place orders by phone or online for carryout.

Squirrel-shaped fried fish in brown sauce on a rectangular plate. Brenna Houck

Oakland Tea House

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This Taiwanese restaurant in Auburn Hills serves items like shaved ice and milk tea in addition to meals like hot pot, cold noodles with sesame sauce, and fried chicken bao. Place orders online for takeout.

Red Star

This longtime Dearborn favorite is particularly adored by vegans and vegetarians as it serves meatless versions of Chinese-American favorites like “beef” and broccoli and sesame “chicken.” Place orders by phone for carryout.

New Peking

For more than 30 years, this Garden City restaurant has been dishing out Mandarin and Sichuan cuisine. House specialties include the Chinese-Korean dish ja-jang mein (jjajangmyeon), noodles stir-fried with chopped onion and shrimp, topped with a Chinese black bean sauce. Customers can place orders for pickup.

Jeff's Kitchen

Without crossing the border into Windsor, there are only a handful of places in metro Detroit to find soup dumplings. Jeff’s Kitchen serves some of the best examples around, along with other Shanghai-style dishes like blue crab and sizzling beef with vegetables. Customers must make reservations and should expect to place an order over the phone for dine-in service.

Hong Hua

A highly regarded white-tablecloth establishment, Hong Hua is a good place to fill up on Peking duck. It’s prepared in two styles: crispy with honey-glazed skin, Chinese crepes, scallions, and hoisin sauce or boneless and stir-fried with vegetables. Customers also love the honey-glazed, sliced barbecue pork. Dining-in is by reservation-only but orders for pickup are accepted by phone. Order delivery through Grubhub or DoorDash.

Jiang Nan Noodle House

A bowl of beef soup with green garnish sprinkled on top.
Beef soup
Brenna Houck

This Farmington Hills restaurant is one of a handful of establishments in southeast Michigan offering Chinese hand-pulled noodles. Choose from options like beef noodle soup and stir-fried noodles, tofu skin salad, and seven different styles of fried rice. Call ahead to place orders for carryout. The restaurant also offers delivery through DoorDash.

A bowl of beef soup with green garnish sprinkled on top.
Beef soup
Brenna Houck

Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant

Shangri-La is a local favorite for Cantonese cuisine. Reflective of her own heritage (born in Thailand to Chinese parents) owner Cholada “Nancy” Chan has developed her restaurant into a catch-all destination for everything from Thai-style Massaman curry to bubble tea, and roasted duck noodle soup.

TJ's Shanghai Dumplings ( JD Trading USA LLC )

The menu at this tiny spot is short, but it’s quality over quantity here. As the name suggests, dumplings are the star of the show at this carryout restaurant. They’re simple, yet flavorful, and are housemade with pork, shrimp, chicken, or vegetarian. 

LC's Asian Kitchen

A pile of crispy fried duck on a white plate over chopped lettuce at LC’s Asian Kitchen. Brenna Houck

A family-owned spot in Madison Heights, LC's serves Chinese cuisine with a few Thai dishes thrown into the mix. The deep-fried pepper squid is a house specialty and the mapo tofu is a well-spiced choice for vegetarians. Call ahead to place an order for takeout or get delivery via DoorDash, Seamless, Caviar, Postmates, or Grubhub.

A pile of crispy fried duck on a white plate over chopped lettuce at LC’s Asian Kitchen. Brenna Houck

Noodle Topia

This modern, casual restaurant serves bowls of numbingly spicy Sichuan noodles and rich lamb noodles that are perfect for slurping, and a robot waiter may even bring it to your table. Beyond the soups, the restaurant also serves a handful of sides and dim sum options such as green onion pancakes toasted pork buns. Place orders online for carryout or by phone.

Chen's Noodle 狀元麵

A red bowl filled with wonton soup with dumplings, noodles, and baby bok choy. Brenna Houck

Chen’s Noodle serves Cantonese cuisine from a modest strip-mall storefront. Dig into big bowls of shrimp wonton soup with mild broth, mala spicy beef soup, springy platters of steamed rice noodle rolls in peanut sauce, and Hong Kong-style milk tea. Call ahead to place an order for pickup. Delivery is also available via Doordash.

A red bowl filled with wonton soup with dumplings, noodles, and baby bok choy. Brenna Houck

Liang's Oriental Barbeque

Duck and pork hang from hooks on the other side of a counter window. A woman in a green shirt and an apron works in the corner cutting meat. Brenna Houck

Tucked away into a busy strip mall, this carryout operation in Madison Heights zooms in on Cantonese barbecue. Drop in and pick up takeout containers filled with roasted duck, barbecued pork, and beef belly. The barbecue is hung up on display behind the counter and chopped with a huge cleaver to order. Remember to take cash.

Duck and pork hang from hooks on the other side of a counter window. A woman in a green shirt and an apron works in the corner cutting meat. Brenna Houck

QQ Bakery

An assortment of Chinese buns and pastries on a red tray with yellow tongs on top. Brenna Houck

This Chinese bakery is teeming with sweet and not-so-sweet treats such as red bean buns, egg tarts, pork buns, and melon cakes. Grab a set of tongs and fill up a tray. There’s also a vast selection of bubble teas. Don’t forget to take cash.

An assortment of Chinese buns and pastries on a red tray with yellow tongs on top. Brenna Houck

Kung Fu Noodle House

Kung Fu Noodle House features a variety of Cantonese, Sichuanese, and Taiwanese dishes. Expect options like beef noodle soup, noodles with soybean paste, and cumin lamb as well as a variety of chili pots, skewered meats, and dumplings. Place orders by phone for carryout or order delivery with DoorDash, Caviar, or Uber Eats.

Tai Pan Bakery

Little orbs or taro root crispy cake fill a tray inside a display case at Tai Pan Bakery. Brenna Houck

The longtime bakery tucked in a well-trafficked strip mall of John R Road keeps customers satisfied with fresh and affordable Chinese pastries. Seek this spot out for durian pastries, taro root crispy cakes, and banana leaf-wrapped sticky rice with sausage. Bonus: This spot also serves bubble tea. Fill out a paper slip and place an order at the counter. Just don’t forget your cash.

Little orbs or taro root crispy cake fill a tray inside a display case at Tai Pan Bakery. Brenna Houck

Zhang B-B-Q

Grab a savory meat snack at this Chinese barbecue shop in Madison Heights. All the staples are available including roasted duck and bright red barbecued pork. Be advised: This spot is just for takeout and requires cash.

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168 Asian Mart

The food court at 168 Asian Mart has side-by-side counters serving Chinese barbecue and noodle dishes with flat screens advertising grocery items on special. Brenna Houck

Many chefs around the region rely on 168 Asian Mart when stocking up on a variety of hard-to-find-in-Detroit ingredients. However, the grocery store also features a respectable food court and bakery, where customers can pick up an array of delightful meals and snacks from Chinese barbecue to cumin lamb noodles to Chinese crepes. Drop in for some shopping and place an order for carryout.

The food court at 168 Asian Mart has side-by-side counters serving Chinese barbecue and noodle dishes with flat screens advertising grocery items on special. Brenna Houck

Lao Pot

This Chinese hot pot restaurant dishes out thinly sliced pieces of pork, beef, and veggies in flavorful terrines of broth. Lao Pot has a modern feel and a full bar. The restaurant accepts reservations as well as takeout orders by phone.

Trizest Spicy Sichuan Restaurant

Squirrel-shaped fried fish in brown sauce on a rectangular plate. Brenna Houck

This Sterling Heights essential specializes in Sichuan dishes with peppercorns that leave your mouth tingling. It’s also one of the few spots featuring vegan- and vegetarian-friendly fare. While classics like General Tso's chicken are rightfully tempting and delicious, return patrons will tell you to skip straight to the fried squirrel-shaped fish and peppery Sichuan dishes like lamb and vegetables tossed in a spicy bean sauce. Place orders by phone or online for carryout.

Squirrel-shaped fried fish in brown sauce on a rectangular plate. Brenna Houck

Oakland Tea House

This Taiwanese restaurant in Auburn Hills serves items like shaved ice and milk tea in addition to meals like hot pot, cold noodles with sesame sauce, and fried chicken bao. Place orders online for takeout.

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