I’m Not Even Sure the Fried Rice Was Actually Fried

It is difficult to find good Chinese food in Minneapolis. Case in point: Star Moon Chinese. Sotanlife.com — which has basically, in my mind, forfeited its right to comment on anything at this point — writes this:

Star Moon Chinese not only offers Sotans amazing cuisine, they offer it at no hassle to you.

Anyone who can describe the limp, prosaic, mostly flavorless offerings of Star Moon as “amazing” has either never had Chinese food before, or emerged starving from the Mines of Moria.

And anyone who describes a garden-variety delivery service as “no hassle” is… oh, to hell with it. Comments more than welcome. Particularly if you know who provides decent Chinese take-out in Uptown.

9 Comments so far

  1. Hannah V. (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    I personally like Rainbow and Yummy, both on Nicollet; Yummy being the more authentic is my understanding.

    Neither, however, do delivery themselves (Rainbow uses ‘Waiters At Your Service’), but both do takeout.

  2. Ed Kohler (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    While not in uptown, if you’re into Chinese seafood, check out Mandarin Kitchen in Bloomington on Lyndale and around 96th St. They know what they’re doing.

  3. Greg (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    That review totally reads like a Chinese menu, actually. And it’s no hassle to read it.

  4. Chris_ (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    “Anyone who can describe the limp, prosaic, mostly flavorless offerings”

    Anyone who says “not only offers Sotans amazing cuisine…” should not be allowed to write, period. Seriously, “Sotans”? Once you read that you know it’s going to be bad.

  5. noodleman (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    The review reads like a “plant” to me … put there by an employee or marketing agent. Truth be told, any place where chow mein is the featured item (and one could assume so, given that there’s no dining room) really shouldn’t be considered a Chinese restaurant to begin with. There is a Cantonese dish call “chao mein” but it does not at all look or taste like the standard American variety of chow mein (http://www.straitscafe.com/recipes/231.htm).

    Now, don’t get me wrong; I enjoy a good chow mein. But I would never consider it an authentic Chinese meal.

    Far better, and more authentic, Chinese food can be found at Hong Kong Noodles, Peking Garden and Shuang Cheng.

  6. Eric H (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    For me, the appeal of Chinese food is like the well, pretty much everything Chinese made — large quantities, cheap price, and enough to make you forget about having food for a while. That’s why I’d eat at the Ping’s Chinese food buffet restaurant. Yes, there’s nothing like 5 plates of chinese food — one of them fried rice!

  7. Nrml Person (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    I like Star Moon, so f off!

  8. James Norton (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    A ringing and cogent defense if I’ve ever seen one. I retract all my previous commentary. People of Minneapolis: order from Star Moon. A commentator with a fake name likes it!

  9. John (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    Looking for great Chinese I have two recommendations. The first being “Rainbow Chinese” between South Minneapolis and Uptown. Next in Roseville Willow Gate II has excellent spicy beef.

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