Simple and healthy dishes make New Chinatown a neighborhood favorite

By Nancy Eagleton….

The familiar façade of New Chinatown… The restaurant has been pleasing palates for nearly 30 years.

During a time when new restaurants come and go, New Chinatown remains a neighborhood favorite and has been part of the South Miami landscape for nearly 30 years. What’s the restaurant’s secret to success? New Chinatown satisfies its patrons’ love affair with Chinese cuisine by using fresh, high-quality, natural ingredients in all of its delightful dishes.

“Since opening in 1983, we’ve served two to three generations of families,” said Wah Leung, owner of New Chinatown. “Our guests come back because our food is fresh and cooked to order and contains no chemicals, preservatives or processed meats. Our dishes are simple and healthy and we don’t use a lot of sauce that often covers up the taste of the food. We want the taste of fresh meats and vegetables to stand on their own.”

The daily menu is full of appetizers, soups, Chinese noodles, fried rice, and entrées with chicken, duck, shrimp, seafood, beef and pork. A special menu is offered each month that features dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are at the peak of freshness. Seafood choices, such as cod, are wild and not farm-raised. The healthy cooking methods and ingredients make New Chinatown a great choice for vegetarians and those on special diets.

“Our experienced chefs take great pride in every dish they prepare,” said Leung. “We strive to offer our customers the best value and yet we never compromise quality.”

Online foodies rave about the General Cheng’s chicken and Peking duck, saying it is the best this side of “old” Chinatown. They recommend starting off with the crispy egg rolls and egg drop soup with crispy noodles. Critics enjoy the lobster fried rice with chunks of lobster piled on top, fried snapper with mandarin sauce, crispy shrimp with Peking sauce and the Yu Hsian shredded beef or pork, cooked with water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, wood mushrooms and red carrots in a rich garlic sauce.

Compliment your meal at New Chinatown with a glass of wine from the extensive wine list or a signature cocktail from the bar. The upscale, yet comfortable atmosphere, which includes three flat screen TVs, makes the restaurant a great choice for a dinner date, family dinner or special event. New Chinatown offers takeout service and Wah and his friendly, experienced staff will help you host and cater a business meeting or social luncheon or dinner in the restaurant.

New Chinatown serves lunch and dinner and opens Monday-Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 12 noon. The restaurant is located at 5958 South Dixie Highway and the phone number is 305-662-5649.

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2 Comments on "Simple and healthy dishes make New Chinatown a neighborhood favorite"

  1. Robert Jones | July 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply

    Honestly, I want to love New Chinatown.

    The owners and operators are really nice people and I believe they are committed to quality.

    That said, their prices are way too high for the quality of the food. Perhaps that comes with having to pay rent in South Miami and that there is a lack of truly quality Chinese restaurants in South Florida in general.

    All I'm saying is that my meals over the past couple years have dropped off in taste and perceived quality while the prices have escalated.

  2. New Chinatown is my favorite chinese restaurants!!
    Their food is always fresh, the prices looks higher then other chinese food, but the quality is good, the shrimps tease like shrimps! I am a customer for the past 20 years, always happy with their food, atmosphere and friendly service!!

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