Top-Notch Chinese Food at Royal China

07.02.2014 by: Natalie Lomont
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Not to be confused with the delivery restaurants from your college days, Royal China is a superstar in the Chinese restaurant world. Established in 1974, the Chinese founder immigrated to the United States and opened the restaurant with friends from Taiwan. It has been a Dallas classic ever since. Hand-pulled noodles, handmade dumplings, and quality meat replace mushy lo mein, flavorless dumplings, and mystery meat coated in thick breading and sauce. Tucked away in a strip mall, you might not assume as much from the outside, but stop in and your tastebuds will thank you.

The ambiance is comfortable and casual, but it’s upscale enough to distinguish itself as a respectable dining establishment. In the expansive dining room, the focal point is an open kitchen concept where you’ll see chefs pulling noodles -- always a good sign. Rarely will you find the eatery without a crowd; it seems to be a family favorite. If you have to wait, there is a small bar area near the entrance. The large menu can be a bit overwhelming, but you really can’t go wrong with these traditional dishes made from top-notch ingredients.

The Dumpling Sampler includes 2 of each: pork, chicken, shrimp, and vegetable.

The sampler works well for a group and is a great way to pinpoint your favorite. Dumplings can be steamed or pan-fried. Pictured above is the steamed preparation.

Salt and Pepper Chicken is crispy, bite-sized chicken tossed with green onion, basil, garlic, and jalapeno.

If you're a lover of fried chicken, order this. The crispiness, saltiness, and seasoning are spot on. It's like regular fried chicken with a hint of spice and an extra burst of flavor.

Dragon and Phoenix is a combination of crispy, sweet, and spicy General Kao's Chicken and shrimp with vegetables in garlic sauce.

This chef specialty splits easily and allows diners to experience more than one flavor. The chicken doesn't rely on the breading and sauce alone -- with chunks of breast meat, it is tender, juicy, and recognizable. The shrimp was fresh, respectably sized, and not overcooked.

The Crispy Duck is a boneless half-duck roasted in soy sauce and five spices, then flash-fried to crisp the skin.

The duck was tasty and can be ordered Beijing Duck Style with pancakes.

Lo Mian Noodles with Pork

Though the entrees come with rice, you can’t eat here without trying some noodles. While many of the noodle dishes make delectable entrees, Lo Mian makes for a nice family-style side in the event that everyone opts for non-noodle dishes. You won’t need to douse it in soy and other sauces because the flavor is already there.

Royal China is a well-loved Dallas staple and remains consistent and popular as ever. It’s a great week night dinner spot for the family but also makes for an enjoyable and laid back Friday night dinner with friends. Oh, and if your friends are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, they'll have many savory options to choose from as well. For the lucky folks who live nearby, they deliver within a 3-mile radius for orders of $15 or more. The rest of us will have to settle for take-out on those type of nights, but it’ll do. Royal China is open nightly for dinner and serves lunch on Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm.

If you’re already on this bandwagon, please comment with your go-to dishes. With so many options, we’re always looking to try something new on our next visit!

Royal China Official Website

TAGS : Preston Hollow/North Dallas , Royal China