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Chinatown Cuisine on a Budget

Like mac and cheese, french fries, and ice cream, Chinese food is a staple craving for me.  Thankfully, I am blessed enough to live only a short ride on the Market-Frankford line from some of the very best restaurants in the city to leave my stomach satisfied and my wallet not quite empty. As a broke college student, Chinatown is a little slice of heaven. Below is a list of a few of my favorite finds.

Dim Sum Garden

This restaurant is my go to place for dumplings. Unfortunately, a large portion of the city must agree because they are constantly packed, especially on weekend nights. They offer a wide array of food including steamed, fried, and soup dumplings filled with either vegetables, pork, or chicken. My favorite items on the menu are the pan-fried pork dumplings and the steamed pork soup dumplings.

Tea Do

Bubble tea is a must needed treat when in Chinatown, but it can also be an acquired taste. Thankfully, at Tea Do you can opt to order a tea without the gel like bubbles floating on the bottom. They offer green and milk tea concoctions as well as smoothies. Personally, I tend to stick with the tried and true mango green tea.

Kabuki Sushi

Good sushi in the city is plentiful, but affordable good sushi is a different story. Kabuki is a nice in-between. It is not the cheapest sushi in the city or the absolute best, but it is the perfect place for a quick bite to eat that won’t break the bank. They have a wide array of rolls and offer lunch specials.

Shiao Lan Kung

This is a hidden treasure in Philly. It is a tiny restaurant with several circular tables with lazy susan centers that promote ordering many dishes and sharing. Their claim to fame is an award-winning pan-fried pork dumpling. The menu has every classic dish you could possibly crave and the staff is very sweet.

A La Mousse

If a bubble tea just is not cutting it to crave your sweet tooth, this shop is the perfect stop. It is located in Chinatown, but it strays away from the places I mentioned before. The menu, like the name suggests, is more based in French cuisine. So after you finish your tour of Asia, you can head back to your Europe on your way to the septa.

Kate Stone

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