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A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles and lamb skewer from Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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Where to Eat Chinese Food in Boston

From Sichuan to dim sum to Cantonese to Chinese-American

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Hand-pulled noodles and lamb skewer from Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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Boston’s Chinatown is one of the best places to eat in the country, but it’s not the only neighborhood with good Chinese food in the city. Eaters can find great hand-pulled noodles, for example — both Xi’an-style biang biang noodles and the kind typical of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China — in Allston, Brighton, a mall food court in Downtown Crossing, and a hospital food court in Longwood. There’s excellent Chinese-American food near Fenway; there’s Chinese-inspired fusion in the tragically hip South End. Chinatown is of course still the hub — but the spokes aren’t half bad, either.

This map includes food from a variety of regions in China, with an emphasis on Sichuan and Cantonese. It also includes several restaurants that specialize in Taiwanese cuisine but also offer foods from various regions in China. (Taiwan is an island state located to China’s east. Taiwan and China have a long and fraught relationship, due in large part to China’s history of colonialist rule over Taiwan and its unwillingness to recognize Taiwan as a free and sovereign nation. The U.N. also does not recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty. This puts Taiwan in a precarious position politically and societally.)

Here are 22 of the best restaurants in Boston that serve Chinese food. (Note: This map includes restaurants only within Boston proper; Boston-area cities like Quincy, Cambridge, and beyond have their own excellent Chinese options, which will be highlighted in a future map.)

Please note that a number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Xi'an Rougamo

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Mall food courts are mostly filled with heart palpitation-inducing grease bombs. The food court at the Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing breaks that mold a bit. Go to Xi’an Rougamo for its eponymous treat — a burger-like sandwich, the English transliteration of which is rougamo, served on flaky, layered flatbread and packed with stewed meat. Also worth your coins: the garlicky hand-pulled noodles.

Xi’an Rougamo is open for takeout and delivery.

Chopsticks lift a thick hand-pulled noodle from a plastic bowl full of noodles, chili flakes, garlic, and vegetables
Mall food court delights
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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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Gene’s is the OG player in Boston’s nascent (but growing) hand-pulled noodle scene. Order the hand-pulled noodles in chile oil; order the hand-pulled noodles with cumin-spiked lamb; order some lamb skewers; order everything.

Gene’s is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Gene’s was at the vanguard of Boston’s hand-pulled noodle scene
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Mala Restaurant

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Mala is the hot spot for hot (as in spicy) food in Allston. The following dishes are compulsory: fresh whole fish with Sichuan hot and spicy sauce; dan dan noodles; mapo tofu; dry stir-fried chicken with spicy capsicum; chile and cumin dry lamb; stir-fried string beans; tiger skin stir-fried peppers. This is good — no, great — beer-drinking food. Wash it all down with so many Tsingtaos (or another cold, crisp lager of your choice).

Mala is open for indoor dining and takeout.

View of a casual restaurant interior with no people. A spread of the restaurant’s dishes are displayed on a large wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Mala in Allston
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Silk Road Express

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Silk Road Express (sibling to Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine in Cambridge) is serving some of the best hand-pulled noodles in Greater Boston, and it’s the only restaurant serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston proper. Get the hand-pulled, dry-fried noodles with beef.

(Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from Eastern and Central Asia, live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Uyghur cuisine is influenced by parts of China and Central Asia and is typically halal. Over the past several years, the Chinese government has created a series of prison camps, where it has detained as many as one million Muslims, including Uyghurs.)

Silk Road Express is open for takeout and delivery.

A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Silk Road Express is the rare shop serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston
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Taiwan Cafe

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This Chinatown mainstay is one of the neighborhood’s best for Taiwanese food. Order the sauteed pork liver, the duck and cold beef over rice, the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, and the Taiwan-style pan-fried noodles. Taiwan Cafe also offers a small selection of Sichuan cuisine; the Sichuan-style white fish, steeped in chile oil, is a top pick.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A yellow plate is covered with cooked clams and greens
Taiwan Cafe
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Gourmet Dumpling House

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Order the thing that’s in the name: dumplings. The Sandong-style pan-fried dumplings are especially good. And don’t miss the ox tongue and tripe in chile sauce.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings from Gourmet Dumpling House
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Five Spices House

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The menu at this Sichuan spot is vast and therefore a little overwhelming. But you should definitely order the duck tongues with spicy green peppers, the hot and spicy pig intestines, the crispy beef, and the foil-wrapped lamb. And some dumplings. And the string beans. And the Chinese watercress. On the other side of the river? There’s a sibling spot in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Five Spices House is open for takeout.

Empire Garden Restaurant

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Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater, but now the impressive room serves as one of the city’s best spots for dim sum. It’s also on the short list of restaurants offering Peking duck.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
The Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater
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Dumpling Cafe

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Dumpling Cafe’s menu features cuisines from a number of regions and cities in China, and Taiwanese food features heavily too. Again, go for the thing that’s in the name — and specifically the mini juicy buns with pork, which are the best in the city. Don’t miss the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, the sweet and spicy Taiwan-style eggplant, or the rice cakes with pork and mustard greens, either.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

A plate of sauteed string beans sits beside a plate of spicy eggplant. They are accompanied by two bowls of rice and various sauces.
The sauteed string beans and the Taiwan-style spicy eggplant are among Boston’s best bites
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Peach Farm

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Before the pandemic, Peach Farm was a late-night favorite for restaurant industry types. It’s the spot for seafood — especially the the lobster with ginger and scallions.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
The lobster is the order at Peach Farm
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Hei La Moon

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This dim sum joint is located just across the street from the Chinatown gate, in Boston’s Leather District. The barbecue pork buns, or char siu bao, are compulsory here.

Hei La Moon is open for indoor dining and takeout.

A large room with wood flooring and white tablecloth-adorned tables has red walls and a central chandelier
Hei La Moon
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China Pearl

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China Pearl is perhaps the most popular spot for dim sum in the city. Walking up the stairs and into this incredible room is a trip — the stairway is lined with a series of mirrors that makes one feel as though they are in a carnival attraction (or an acid trip). Dim sum is king here, but China Pearl also offers Peking duck.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
Iconic sign, iconic mirrored stairway, iconic dim sum
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Hong Kong Eatery

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Hong Kong Eatery is an old-school spot for Cantonese food. Order the sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce or anything with XO sauce, a spicy fish sauce from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
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Winsor Dim Sum Café

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Hit this spot for a dim sum lunch — order anything from pan-fried white turnip cakes, red bean cakes, deep-fried pork dumplings, sticky rice rolls, and fried and stuffed bean curd with oyster sauce — and be sure to get an order of congee.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor
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New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

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New Jumbo is also among the very few restaurants that offer Peking duck, but it’s all about seafood here. The Sichuan-style spicy scallops, clams cooked in black bean sauce, and seafood in XO sauce are good places to start.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo is one of the best spots for seafood in Chinatown
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Clay Pot Cafe

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Clay Pot Cafe specializes in food prepared in clay pots, which is typical of Cantonese cuisine and popular in cities such as Hong Kong. The play here: the minced beef and egg clay pot.

Clay Pot Cafe is open for takeout.

Shanghai Gate

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This longtime Allston eatery is a bit of a hidden gem, but it shouldn’t be. Its take on dry hot chicken, which it calls paradise mountain chicken, is one of the best things to eat in Greater Boston/anywhere. The lion’s head meatballs are worth a try, too.

Shanghai Gate is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A Chinese fried chicken dish sits on a white doily in a basket
Paradise mountain chicken at Shanghai Gate
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MDM Noodles

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MDM is another part of the small but growing cadre of hand-pulled noodle shops in and around Boston serving Xi’an-style biang biang noodles. Order one of each of the following: hand-pulled noodles with beef and scallions; hand-pulled noodles with scrambled eggs and tomatoes; and spicy hand-pulled noodles with boiled lamb.

MDM Noodles is open for takeout and delivery.

The facade of MDM Noodles in Brighton. An orange sign is adorned with white type and sits above two glass doors and two windows.
MDM Noodles is worth a ride on the Green Line
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Mei Mei

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Mei Mei chef and operator Irene Li serves diners a delicious — and affordable — fusion of Chinese-American food. Not to be missed is the iconic Double Awesome, which comes with two oozy eggs, cheddar, and greens served between scallion pancakes. The house-made dumplings are also necessary.

Mei Mei is open for takeout and delivery.

A casual restaurant interior with sunlight streaming in. There are light wooden surfaces, an open kitchen, and yellow and white metal chairs.
Mei Mei
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Myers + Chang

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Open for over a decade, this South End restaurant has a menu inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines, including Chinese. (The food is “‘Asian-ish,’ if you need a label,” according to the restaurant.) If it’s currently on the menu, try the wild boar dan dan noodles, and don’t miss the classic Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings.

Myers + Chang is open for takeout.

A brightly lit restaurant interior with a high-top table and some standard tables, all with white chairs. The sun-lit window is decorated by a large red and yellow dragon.
Myers + Chang
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Noodles King

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Did you think you’d find a restaurant located inside a hospital food court on this map? Probably not, right? Well, think again. Noodles King serves some of the very best hand-pulled noodles in the city. Order them with spicy chile oil and vegetables.

Noodles King is open for takeout.

A white plastic bowl, sitting on a purple table, is filled with hand-pulled noodles, bok choy, chile flakes, and bean sprouts. A plastic Coke bottle appears to the side.
Hospital food courts don’t have to mean a trip to McDonald’s — sometimes they’ve got exceptional hand-pulled noodles
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Xi'an Rougamo

Mall food courts are mostly filled with heart palpitation-inducing grease bombs. The food court at the Corner Mall in Downtown Crossing breaks that mold a bit. Go to Xi’an Rougamo for its eponymous treat — a burger-like sandwich, the English transliteration of which is rougamo, served on flaky, layered flatbread and packed with stewed meat. Also worth your coins: the garlicky hand-pulled noodles.

Xi’an Rougamo is open for takeout and delivery.

Chopsticks lift a thick hand-pulled noodle from a plastic bowl full of noodles, chili flakes, garlic, and vegetables
Mall food court delights
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

Gene’s is the OG player in Boston’s nascent (but growing) hand-pulled noodle scene. Order the hand-pulled noodles in chile oil; order the hand-pulled noodles with cumin-spiked lamb; order some lamb skewers; order everything.

Gene’s is open for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Gene’s was at the vanguard of Boston’s hand-pulled noodle scene
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Mala Restaurant

Mala is the hot spot for hot (as in spicy) food in Allston. The following dishes are compulsory: fresh whole fish with Sichuan hot and spicy sauce; dan dan noodles; mapo tofu; dry stir-fried chicken with spicy capsicum; chile and cumin dry lamb; stir-fried string beans; tiger skin stir-fried peppers. This is good — no, great — beer-drinking food. Wash it all down with so many Tsingtaos (or another cold, crisp lager of your choice).

Mala is open for indoor dining and takeout.

View of a casual restaurant interior with no people. A spread of the restaurant’s dishes are displayed on a large wooden table.
A spread of dishes at Mala in Allston
Mala/Official Site

Silk Road Express

Silk Road Express (sibling to Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine in Cambridge) is serving some of the best hand-pulled noodles in Greater Boston, and it’s the only restaurant serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston proper. Get the hand-pulled, dry-fried noodles with beef.

(Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from Eastern and Central Asia, live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. Uyghur cuisine is influenced by parts of China and Central Asia and is typically halal. Over the past several years, the Chinese government has created a series of prison camps, where it has detained as many as one million Muslims, including Uyghurs.)

Silk Road Express is open for takeout and delivery.

A takeout container of dry-fried noodles with beef at Silk Road Express in Allston, served on a striped wooden table with a pair of chopsticks
Silk Road Express is the rare shop serving Uyghur cuisine in Boston
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Taiwan Cafe

This Chinatown mainstay is one of the neighborhood’s best for Taiwanese food. Order the sauteed pork liver, the duck and cold beef over rice, the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, and the Taiwan-style pan-fried noodles. Taiwan Cafe also offers a small selection of Sichuan cuisine; the Sichuan-style white fish, steeped in chile oil, is a top pick.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A yellow plate is covered with cooked clams and greens
Taiwan Cafe
Jinjian Liang/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Gourmet Dumpling House

Order the thing that’s in the name: dumplings. The Sandong-style pan-fried dumplings are especially good. And don’t miss the ox tongue and tripe in chile sauce.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings from Gourmet Dumpling House
WordRidden/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Five Spices House

The menu at this Sichuan spot is vast and therefore a little overwhelming. But you should definitely order the duck tongues with spicy green peppers, the hot and spicy pig intestines, the crispy beef, and the foil-wrapped lamb. And some dumplings. And the string beans. And the Chinese watercress. On the other side of the river? There’s a sibling spot in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Five Spices House is open for takeout.

Empire Garden Restaurant

Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater, but now the impressive room serves as one of the city’s best spots for dim sum. It’s also on the short list of restaurants offering Peking duck.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
The Empire Garden used to be a Vaudeville theater
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Dumpling Cafe

Dumpling Cafe’s menu features cuisines from a number of regions and cities in China, and Taiwanese food features heavily too. Again, go for the thing that’s in the name — and specifically the mini juicy buns with pork, which are the best in the city. Don’t miss the Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings, the sweet and spicy Taiwan-style eggplant, or the rice cakes with pork and mustard greens, either.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

A plate of sauteed string beans sits beside a plate of spicy eggplant. They are accompanied by two bowls of rice and various sauces.
The sauteed string beans and the Taiwan-style spicy eggplant are among Boston’s best bites
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Peach Farm

Before the pandemic, Peach Farm was a late-night favorite for restaurant industry types. It’s the spot for seafood — especially the the lobster with ginger and scallions.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
The lobster is the order at Peach Farm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hei La Moon

This dim sum joint is located just across the street from the Chinatown gate, in Boston’s Leather District. The barbecue pork buns, or char siu bao, are compulsory here.

Hei La Moon is open for indoor dining and takeout.

A large room with wood flooring and white tablecloth-adorned tables has red walls and a central chandelier
Hei La Moon
Hei La Moon/Official Site

China Pearl

China Pearl is perhaps the most popular spot for dim sum in the city. Walking up the stairs and into this incredible room is a trip — the stairway is lined with a series of mirrors that makes one feel as though they are in a carnival attraction (or an acid trip). Dim sum is king here, but China Pearl also offers Peking duck.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
Iconic sign, iconic mirrored stairway, iconic dim sum
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

Hong Kong Eatery

Hong Kong Eatery is an old-school spot for Cantonese food. Order the sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce or anything with XO sauce, a spicy fish sauce from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
Herman Saksono/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Winsor Dim Sum Café

Hit this spot for a dim sum lunch — order anything from pan-fried white turnip cakes, red bean cakes, deep-fried pork dumplings, sticky rice rolls, and fried and stuffed bean curd with oyster sauce — and be sure to get an order of congee.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor
Sang-Min Yoon/Flickr (Creative Commons)

New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

New Jumbo is also among the very few restaurants that offer Peking duck, but it’s all about seafood here. The Sichuan-style spicy scallops, clams cooked in black bean sauce, and seafood in XO sauce are good places to start.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo is one of the best spots for seafood in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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Clay Pot Cafe

Clay Pot Cafe specializes in food prepared in clay pots, which is typical of Cantonese cuisine and popular in cities such as Hong Kong. The play here: the minced beef and egg clay pot.

Clay Pot Cafe is open for takeout.

Shanghai Gate

This longtime Allston eatery is a bit of a hidden gem, but it shouldn’t be. Its take on dry hot chicken, which it calls paradise mountain chicken, is one of the best things to eat in Greater Boston/anywhere. The lion’s head meatballs are worth a try, too.

Shanghai Gate is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.