Chinese Food Goes Head to Head
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 22:10
It is after 2 a.m. on a weekend night and all you want is some food to satisfy those nighttime cravings. We’ve all been there. The convenient option of late night food at both Lower and Mac, however, is no longer available, so time for plan B: order Chinese food—but from where? With so many options one can have a hard time trying to decide. This week’s review is a head-to-head battle over which Chinese delivery to order from for these late-night ventures, comparing and contrasting China Garden, New Hong Kong, and Dragon Chef.
One major benefit when ordering from China Garden and New Hong Kong is that ordering is available online, which makes the whole process somewhat easier. Dragon Chef therefore begins with a disadvantage. And to make the situation even worse for Dragon Chef, its delivery took the longest at 24 minutes.
The China Garden order was the fastest at a speedy 13 minutes and New Hong Kong took a reasonable 19 minutes. These times are all subject to change, however, depending on the time of the day.
For pricing, Dragon Chef yet again receives low marks for being about $2 to $4 more expensive than the competition for the usual entrees. The order specific cost $18. China Garden and New Hong Kong will run the average customer about $13 to $15 for one entree and a little over $20 for two, which includes tax, tip, and delivery charge.
While the delivery experience and price are key points, the most important consideration should be the food. The order from China Garden was lobster sauce over white rice served with a side of chicken teriyaki and crab rangoons.
The chicken was surprisingly tender and covered with a good amount of teriyaki sauce to make it tasty. The rangoons were stuffed with cream and cheese to the point that it was almost excessive. The lobster sauce was a thick, dark sauce filled with cubes of mystery meat that you hoped was lobster but ultimately didn’t turn anyone away. Served over a large quantity of white rice, this dish would satisfy anyone’s hunger.
But if you want an entree that will feed you and your swarming friends, New Hong Kong is the place to call. From there, sesame chicken over pork-fried rice was ordered with side dishes of boneless spare ribs and fried wontons. The boneless spare ribs were what you would expect—a little chewy and dry. The fried wontons were not anything special either, but the large amount of them would satisfy any starving patron.
The sesame chicken was smothered in a sweet sauce that made the dish enjoyable. The chicken was not very dry and actually tasted like chicken. The enormous amount of pork-fried rice will please the masses but few may complain over its toughness, but that tends to be the way it is with most places. Overall, New Hong Kong’s food seemed to have tasted better than China Garden, but with no doubt, Dragon Chef had the best-tasting food among the three.
Dragon Chef served up one of the best beef and broccoli platters, along with sides of crab rangoons and pork fried rice. The beef was so tender and the broccoli had a firm texture, but the sauce was ultimately the best component.
This dark sauce had a tangy taste that was well received. These rangoons were better than the competitor because their cream cheese stuffing had a thicker consistency and a taste more resembling crab. The pork-fried rice is what you’d expect.
College students would not complain about any of these choices. If you’re in the mood for a quick place that tastes kind of good and serves a ton of food, then New Hong Kong is for you. If you have the time and are willing to throw down a few more bucks, however, Dragon Chef is a definite top choice.