Finding great Chinese food in Salt Lake City isn’t the easiest task; we’ll be the first to admit that many restaurants along the valley skew to the sweeter, simpler American-Chinese dishes we all know and love (hey there”ll always be a place in our hearts for a fabulous walnut shrimp or general tso’s!). But what if you’re after something a little more unique?
If you know where to look, there are plenty of hidden gems in SLC. From Sichuan to Shanghai you can take a culinary road trip of Chinese regional cuisine right here in Salt Lake City. In no particular order, here are ten great Chinese restaurants in Salt Lake.
Moving into the WEVC spot formerly home to OMO Korean BBQ, this new Chinese restaurant is a fabulous addition to Utah’s dining scene. The star of the show are the kebab, small street-food style bites of the highest order. Nearly two dozen options are available, all coming coated in a secret spice blend powered by spicy gochugaru. Kebabs are cooked to order, and arrive at the table at light speed. Beyond the skewered meats and veggies the restaurant offers a range of intriguing dishes, highlight include tin foil tofu and crispy fried chicken skins – a spritz of lime is all you need before digging in.
Red Corner China Diner
More spicy Sichuan cooking, this time in Midvale. At Red Corner you’ll find plate after plate of sizzling dishes that are sure to wake your palate up from a slumber. The menu sports an extensive menu not to mention a section labelled authentic Chinese featuring selections such as cumin lamb and fried lotus root.
Found in the South Salt Lake Chinatown complex is this mighty fine Chinese restaurant that has everything from Chinese-American favorites through more authentic dishes like the pictured Sichuan dish – spicy boiled fish.
Cafe Anh Hong
Cafe Anh Hong isn’t just one of the best in Sandy, it’s one of the best the Chinese restaurants in the state hands down. The restaurant was formerly located in Salt Lake City and was known for decades for their impeccable daily dim sum. In recent years Cafe Ant Hong made the trip South and relocated to Sandy. Their arrival in town brought the same Cantonese-focused menu that had won awards for years. Speaking on that – chef Jian Wu has been plying his trade in Utah for the better part of forty years – starting out at the Pearl Restaurant in the 80’s. That experience translates to expertly made dishes like honey walnut shrimp, char shu fire roasted pork, and homemade noodles.
New Golden Dragon
Neighborhood: Salt Lake City
Address: 716 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
In reality this restaurant should now be called the New New Golden Dragon – the original NGD living life formerly on Main Street before moving to this State Street location some years back.
Whatever the name above the door, the restaurant has something for everyone, whether that’s something safe and simple like pan fried noodles, or more traditional, the menu here is broad. We love their funky and fermented salted fish with chicken fried rice.
Taiwanese food is the specialty of this South Salt Lake restaurant. Indeed Mom’s Kitchen is one of only two Taiwanese restaurants in Utah full stop – and the prices are so affordable, that we always find ourselves ordering just one more dish form the extensive menu, to explore a little more.
As well as famous Taiwanese dishes like three cup chicken you’ll also find plenty of xiaochi at Mom’s – snack sized plates similar to Spanish tapas or mezze in the Middle East.
Xiao Bao Bao
Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City
Address: 16 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Xiao Bao Bao is a take out restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City. Created by Romina Rasmussen (formerly of Les Madeleines) and brothers Derrick and Dwight Yee – the restaurant focuses on Chinese steamed bao. Much like Rasmussen’s prior attention to ingredient detail at Les Madeleines, a similar approach to quality underscore XBB. Free range chickens are tapped for a curried chicken bao, while a brace of pork offerings feature Heritage pork, a blend of Duroc and Berkshire breeds. Two vegan friendly options will star alongside those, a bok choy and shiitake blend as well as an eggplant based bao. Read more here.
Foodie N Sweetie
Located in the Avenues area of SLC is this one of a kind mom and pop casual cafe. They offer a range of drop dead good dumplings and potstickers as well as small list of entrees. Its a quick, easy neighborhood joint and the prices are wallet friendly.
Neighborhood: Woods Cross
Address: 512 W 750 S, Woods Cross, UT 84010
Headed up North now to Woods Cross, and you will find Boba world, a terrifically eccentric little restaurant that specializes in Shanghai cuisine. Start with sesame balls or soup dumplings (xiaolongbao) but don’t miss the house made fat noodles for your entree; thick, chewy stands of comfort food.
SOMI Vietnamese Bistro
Neighborhood: Sugar House
Address: 1215 Wilmington Ave Suite 100, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
O.k. so it’s not an out and out Chinese restaurant per se, but they do have a range of Chinese lunch and dinner entrees which like the rest of the Vietnamese menu – is impeccable. USDA prime beef, curated wines, Peking duck flown in from Long Island NY. Oh, and just about the best chicken wings in town.
Neighborhood: Salt Lake City
Address: 2095 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Another Taiwanese eatery, this one in the style of a casual bubble tea cafe. The menu offers lots of snack sized bites, loaded with punch and flavor – not to mention a variety of noodle dishes if you’re in the mood for something more substantial.
Long Life Vegi House
This humble Millcreek restaurant has been steadily feeding the local vegetarian community for as long as we can remember, easily more than two decades at this point, and well before the contemporary and trendy boom in vegan dining.
At Long Life Vegi House – meat free Monday is every day of the week – with a vegan and vegetarian friendly menu that’s crazily friendly on the wallet. Our top tips include their steamed veggie dumplings, kung pao chicken, lemon chicken and mu shu.
One More Noodle House
Neighborhood: South Salt Lake
Address: 3370 S State St, South Salt Lake, UT 84115
Another occupant of the South Salt Lake Chinatown complex. OMNH might offer the very best noodles in the city – and wow – what a range of noodles at that. You name it they have it, and then some. Fans rave about the spicy numbing beef noodle – be sure to order with the special thick belt noodles too.
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More Chinese food options in Utah
The restaurants above are some of our favorite choices in Utah, but they’re not the only ones. There are many great Chinese restaurant options across the Wasatch front. We catalogue as many menus from Chinese restaurants as we possibly can over at SLC Menu. Check out our complete listings of Chinese food menus here and also use this tool to find Chinese menus right now. If you’re anything. like us you can get lost in a pile of menus for hours on end!
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have written in myopic detail about the Salt Lake City dining scene for the better part of seventeen years.
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