One from Column A and one from Column B. With hot mustard, pleeeze…

August 11, 2022

I don’t think that any ethnic cuisine inspires a more varied combination of carryout, sit-down dining, delivery and phone/online ordering than Chinese food. Even the carryout containers have become an icon unto themselves!

Considering the relatively limited size of our Cape Region, we have a pretty good lineup of Chinese joints for every taste, wallet and time constraint. It’s a proven fact that Chinese food is good business, so a Chinese roundup in Beach Paper seems eminently suitable, especially with a little hot mustard and duck sauce on the side.

A longtime crown jewel of Rehoboth downtown dining is Confucius at 57 Wilmington Avenue. Shawn and Danielle Xiong bring their native Hunan cuisine to the growing enclave of eateries that populates the intersection of Second St. and Wilmington Avenue. Everything is made fresh to order, and Shawn prides himself on a few exclusive dishes, including the Crispy Whole Sea Bass and his famous Five-Spice Duck.

Lewes offers two neighborhood spots where one can get slightly more Americanized Chinese food, i.e., egg foo young, chop suey and ho fun/mei fun (flat rice noodles) along with traditional favorites for eat-in or carry out. China Garden is in the Villages of Five Points just a few doors down from the Food Lion. You’d better bone-up on the menu before calling, however, because China Garden offers over 184 individual dishes including combos, soups, appetizers and lunch specials. They don’t deliver but they do take orders by phone. A nice feature is that almost all the dishes may be ordered in half or whole portions. Perfect for the wayward foodie who wants to try everything.

On Kings Highway across from Big Oyster Brewery is Hing Wang Chinese Restaurant. This family-operated carryout is a bit tucked away, but very popular. They don’t deliver, and remote ordering is by phone. Hing Wang also offers a choice of portion size for most dishes.

And that brings us to Wu’s Kitchen in Lighthouse Plaza near Casapulla’s Sub Shop. They don’t deliver, but online ordering and table reservations are just a hungry click away. Along with the standard neighborhood Chinese fare, Wu’s sets itself apart with a menu of non-Asian dishes like Buffalo wings, fried chicken wings, shrimp with Old Bay and even sweet doughnuts. Let’s face it, there’s always one spoilsport when it comes time to order for a group, and Wu’s makes sure that even he or she can get something a bit more Americanized – even if he or she is vegetarian. Good for you, Wu!

Can’t decide what to get? Does scrolling through those long menus cause you vertigo? Then try the Lin family’s Chinatown Buffet & Grill in the Midway Galleria next to the Hideout Arcade Bar & Grill. Since there is no delivery or carryout (unless you have big pockets and can run fast), there is no need for any strong online presence. It’s all right there on the buffet table, and as with most buffets, people have their favorites. Chinatown Buffet and Grill offers all you can eat for one base price. There are some à la carte items, but one can fill up until one falls over and not put too much of a dent in the wallet. The place always seems to be busy.

iPhone, iPad and Android users can access these restaurants on the newly redesigned Rehoboth In My Pocket travel app. Simply select “Chinese Restaurants” to call right from the app or to order online, see food photos and even peruse menus if they’re available. So, enjoy! Or better yet, Xiangshòu!

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