We have quite a few places for Chinese food in Grand Forks. When I’m looking for delivery though, I always get China Garden. I haven’t been in the physical restaurant at 2550 32nd Ave. S. for at least five years, so I don’t know how it looks in there.
When I get a craving for some American-style Chinese food, I scrounge around for the weathered menu and give the Garden a call.
The menu is big, with appetizers, soups, fried rice, chop suey, chow mein, and tons of variations of beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes. You can get combination plates or order from their house specialties like the Seven Star Around Moon that has sauteed chicken, roast pork, beef, scallops, lobster, crab, snow peas, broccoli, red pepper, carrots, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, straw mushrooms and baby corn. That’s quite the dish for $12.95.
Most of the offerings at China Garden are very well priced. And when you get it delivered, they include white rice and consume soup, which has a light broth and green onions and rice.
What I nearly always order is the chicken curry, moo shu chicken and vegetable fried rice. I’ve tried the sweet and sour chicken, sesame chicken and chow mein and found them all to be tasty. It isn’t the absolute best Chinese food I’ve ever had, but the place is consistent with food quality and I have never had any problems with delivery. One time, though, a driver forgot one of the dishes we ordered, but another was prepared and delivered quickly.
The vegetable fried rice is one of my favorite dishes. The rice has a somewhat smoky flavor from the grill and the vegetables are always cooked perfectly, with a lot of crunch. There’s snow peas, baby corn, broccoli, cauliflower and water chesnuts.
The moo shu chicken comes with tortillas and a thick, brown sauce. I never use the sauce, it’s really sweet. And the tortillas are an odd combination, but I use it like a piece of naan bread.
The chicken curry is also a must-order. It has big chunks of onion and green pepper and some carrots. I usually get the medium spice.
There are a few other places in town to get Chinese food. Fellow blogger Sean Lee recently checked out Phoenix Wok and Grill. What’s your favorite?