China Palace Restaurant
5210 Garrett Rd, Durham NC
While the Triangle area seems to have an abundance of delicious ethnic cuisine, it appears to be lacking in authentic Chinese restaurants. I had pretty much given up on the idea of finding good Chinese food until a Google search revealed some positive blog posts about China Palace, a small Cantonese/Sichuan/Hunan restaurant in Durham. I like this place so much, that I’ve already been to it twice and its already become my “go to” local Chinese. The portions are big, so expect leftovers for lunch the next day.
China Palace looks like a dinky, run of the mill Chinese Restaurant. Don’t let this distract you, go right in.
On a busy night, don’t be surprised if you have to wait 15-20 minutes for a table. This place is real popular with the locals.
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No, these guys aren’t on the menu.
China Palace has the usual American Chinese dishes you’d expect, but they also have a SPECIAL CHINESE MENU with authentic, regional dishes on it. My recommendation would be to bypass the regular menu entirely and go straight for this laminated insert.
Page two of the special dinner menu.
This is a Ma Po Dofu, tofu Sichuan Style with Ground Pork. One of the best and spicyest I’ve ever had.
Spicy Eggplant with Ground Pork in Garlic Sauce.
Choy Sum greens with Oyster Sauce
Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli) Greens with White Garlic Sauce.
Kung Pao Squid, another Sichuan preparation. I’ve never seen Squid done Kung Pao before, usually chicken and sometimes shrimp. The squid is of the mature, chewier type, but I liked this dish a lot.
Shredded Pork with Green Chiles and Pressed Bean Curd. This is a Sichuan dish made with Hot fermented soybean paste and black bean sauce.