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Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking

1917 Hoover Court (next to Green Valley Drugs)
824-8283
http://www.mrchenschinesecooking.com/
The Chen family, who came to Birmingham from Taiwan 24 years ago, previously operated the Red Pearl restaurant, reports Bob Carlton in the Birmingham News' City Scene. Some of the most popular dishes include braised pork meatball, smoked duck, salted crispy whole shrimp, shredded chicken with cilantro, sizzling beef, and spare ribs wrapped in lotos leaf. Chowhounds were largely happy. "This is not your typical Chinese menu. No Moo Goo Gai Pan and electric-red sweet-and-sour dishes (although there are kung pao chicken and sesame chicken). Instead think Basil Squid, Ginger and Onion Crab, Spare ribs wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Braised Beef Belly in hot pot," wrote one.
Read our review here. 

Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 08:50PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments7 Comments

Reader Comments (7)

The Real Deal...many people do not know that the "Chinese" they eat around town is a specific cuisine developed by Chinese immigrants when they came to the US for work and it is not authentic Chinese food. Mr. Chen's on the other hand is authentic and very good. This is the only place like this you will find in town and it is a real treasure to have in Birmingham. They do provide some Chinese-American dishes on their lunch menu, but the dinner menu with the authentic choices is available at lunch too and very reasonably priced.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEthan

I still prefer Red Pearl, but if I lived in Hoover I probably would occasionly visit this place, given its now the 2nd of the only 2 decent Chinese places in the 100 radius. My main issue is that it displays an alarming lack of greens and other veggies.
Soup dumplings are the highlight here for me.

June 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShia

i tired Mr. Chens for the first time today and i loved the food. I tried the combonation noodles with shrimp, chicken and pork (swaped beef for pork) and added an egg roll. Egg roll was ho hum but the noodles were sooo good. It reminded of pad thai. cant wait to return.

July 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternicole

This is the 2nd real Chinese place I've found. While I have to admit its good, the food seems to have the more subtle flavors of Taiwanese, which isn't much my style. Also, it's lacking in veggies (green veggies and such). A fave for most people is the soup dumplings.

So, I'd say if you like Chinese food it may be your new fave. However, I still stick with the Red Pearl/Super Oriental not because its better food, but has dishes more my style.

July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShia

This is by far the best Chinese place I
have found in Birmingham. I lived in Atlanta
for 15 years and enjoyed the selection of
Chinese cuisines available there particularly
on Buford Hwy. Szechuan, Hunan, Ethnic Chinese from
Korea, Malaysian served by Chinese . . .

Many places here are not very authenic. But Chens
has definately been a find.Its clean and the food
is fresh and good. You know it when you see it.
It is Taiwanese style. The dumplings are fresh and good. I like it.

The red Pearl is good too. Let me know of others I am missing out on.

January 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

YIPPEEEE!!!! After a decade in Alabama, we finally found a REAL Chinese restaurant! Wonderful, authentic food, attentive and gracious service, and reasonable prices will make up for the noisy and somewhat utilitarian atmosphere. If you prefer quiet dining on Saturday night, head over after 8 - 8:30. Kid-friendly with a plethora of sugar-laden but oh-so-yummy slush teas, pan-fried gyoza, steamed dumplings and crab rangoon. For the grown ups who are yearing for some dim sum, be sure to enjoy the turnip cakes! And don't dare leave without treating yourself to the fried ice cream - you won't even miss Krispy Kreme when you drive home past the "hot now" sign! ;)

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