Take a tour with these delicious hot pots, noodle shops, and dumpling stops.
In solidarity with our Asian-American community, here are 9 Chinese Restaurants you can taste and sample across the city, from dumplings to soups to even fish. We tried to stick to some authentic and traditional mom & pop shops plus some new fusion-style restaurants!
1. Hop Alley
Hop Alley gets its name from the Chinatown neighborhood that was burnt to the ground during the Denver riots of the 1880s. They pay homage to their roots and traditional styles of Chinese food. On the menu this year in honor of the New Year, they’ve got a delicious Dan Dan Mien Meal Kit to create an authentic Chinese meal this year. On their established menu, you can try their Pork and Blue Crab Siu Mai topped with masago or their sticky Chinese Spare Ribs.
Where: 3500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Shanghai Kitchen is a Shanghainese-restaurant serving portions of delicious veggies, meats, fish, and tofu in classic Shanghainese styles, sauces, and techniques. Their Lemon Chicken is a crispy breaded cutlet soaking in a lemon sauce, their General Tsao chicken is crispy, sweet, and spicy, and they’ve also got Dumplings with crispy, golden bottoms from the pan they’re cooked in.
Where: 4940 S Yosemite St e8, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Lao Wang Noodle House does dumplings and noodles expertly. Get their Hot Dumpling in Chili Oil or their Dan Dan Noodle dishes and feel like you’ve been transported. One of the more unique items on their menu is their Lao Wang Lager, which is a wild rice infused with a lager meant to be accompanied with their Pot Stickers, Xiao Long Bao, or their other prepared meats.
Where: 945 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
Dry Pot is a Chengdu staple and Yum Yum Spice is doing them hot, spicy, and packed to the brim with toppings. For the base, these hot pots have fried potatoes, veggies, and a whole lot of Chengdu-style spices. Your lips will be tingling afterwards because of the delicious Sichuan pepper. Then they top it with meat like shrimp, beef, pork, chicken, or even tofu. While you’re busy distracted by the mound of delicious food in front of you, don’t forget to try their scallion pancakes or pork dumplings.
Where: 2039 S University Blvd #4318, Denver, CO 80210
Blue Ocean’s menu is pretty simple, but that doesn’t make it any less authentic. On the menu, they’ve got a variety of rice bowls with yummy topping and fillings. Pork Belly, Fried Squid, and Spare Rib are just some of those options. They’ve also got hand-foods, like Egg Rolls, Dumplings, and Edamame to enjoy as well. The noodles are hand-pulled, the dumplings are fresh, and everything has got that delicious Chengdu flair. When they finally reopen, it’ll be time to enjoy their table top hot pots again, but for now, you can order take out.
Where: A, 8101 E Belleview Ave #90, Denver, CO 80237
6. Hong Kong BBQ
Hong Kong BBQ is a family-owned and traditional spot on Federal that’s serving Cantonese-styles meats, fish, and sides. Don’t be intimidated by the meats hanging in the window, that just tells you the meat inside is about to be good. Try their Fried Whole Fish or their Flavorful, Juicy Duck with Crispy, Golden Skin. Or one of their sides like Salt and Pepper Shrimp.
Where: 1048 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
Meta Asian Kitchen is a blend of owners, Ken and Doris’ Cantonese heritage and American upbringing. This Asian-American “fast casual” restaurant has established itself in a few short years as an authentic and fun place to share culture and food. Their signature dish is a plate of steaming Chinatown Dumplings, but this year they’ve got a special Lunar New Year feast going on. Included are dishes like their Whole Sichuan Lobster, Stir-Fry Garlic Bok Choy, Jack Daniel’s Gold Cha Siu Bao Bun, and family portions of their established menu.
Where: 810 Vallejo St, Denver, CO 80204
Go about 10 miles to Denver and you can find yourself in the same city as Mason’s Dumpling Shop. They’ve since spread to Los Angeles, but Aurora is the original. We’re not surprised by their claim of “not your average dumpling shop” with how many different types they’ve got going on. Steamed, pan fried, or boiled with delicious fillings like fish and napa, crab and pork, or beef, cheese, and onion. Their rice bowls look good too-like their stewed pork belly bowl. Everything is hand made and local so don’t be shy.
Where: 9655 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80010
9. Zoe Ma Ma
Zoe Ma Ma is nestled inside Union Station where Mom and Son duo take great pride in their fresh noodle dishes and steaming dumplings stuffed with pork, fish, and a special secret aromatic blend. Nothing beats Zoe Ma Ma’s dishes–authentic, flavorful, and full of experience. Dan Dan Mian is one of our favorite Chinese dishes, and this place has got it. Their CPR, that stands for Chicken, Potato, and Rice dish is also one of comforting, hearty dishes that hits the spot whenever.
Where: 1625 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202