Boston area Chinese restaurants - an evolving work (first posted 7/2002)

Is it mealtime yet? 性本餓?

In my experience, popular guides to Chinese restaurants (e.g., those sponsored by newspapers or published on the web by people who don't have extensive experience with Chinese cuisine) rarely seem to be geared toward authentic Chinese food, catering instead toward an Americanized palate for Chinese-American food. I hereby present my picks for Boston area authentic Chinese restaurants.

While I very much enjoy authentic Chinese food, I don't have the money, time, or even inclination to regularly frequent all of these restaurants, so it is possible that it's been a while since I've been to some of these. However, I'll continue to consider each of them to be a reliable source of authentic Chinese food until shown otherwise. I'll appreciate e-mail about new candidates to try out and maybe add to this list, and significant information (e.g., they've moved, they're out of business, etc.) about any listed here.

When I was young, Chinese food was spareribs, chicken wings, and teriyaki, and I can still enjoy those. However, if those items sound like your favorite kind of Chinese food, you may not really go for the restaurants below. I am not a fan of spicy food, so you will not find restaurants specializing in that below.

I supplied Chinese names of restaurants and dishes when I could. If your web browser doesn't show Chinese Unicode (UTF-8) characters, they'll probably show up as garbage characters.

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