As easy as it is to find a mediocre Chinese carryout place, it is equally difficult to find a really good one. So I was thrilled when I discovered Taste of China so close to my house. This is, hands down, the best Chinese food I have had, having searched all over the Des Moines metro, and previously, Ames and the Chicago suburbs. None come close to matching Taste of China.
As others have mentioned, the service is not the friendliest, and there's no atmosphere to speak of in the stripmall storefront they inhabit. However, food here is deliciously seasoned, contains big pieces of tender meat and even more notably, lots of fresh vegetables in most of their entrees. My go-to, the Szechuan Chicken, contains bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms and more, plus hearty chicken in a spicy, flavorful sauce. A far cry from the rubbery meat alone in bland sauce you find at many other joints around town.
I love the Szechuan, but have also enjoyed Orange Chicken and Sesame Chicken here. Even the Chicken and Broccoli, which my kiddo loves, is tastier than you find almost anywhere else. Egg rolls are big, with the nice thicker wrappers, and the hot & sour soup is amazing. I have to get that almost every time we order here.
I know many people think all Chinese carryout is interchangeable, but I wonder if that's just 'cause they've never had any as good as Taste of China. Best in the city, best I've had anywhere!
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