Thanks to Chowhound, I've gotten a great appreciation for the various forms of Chinese food available - Cantonese, Sichuan, Hong Kong - you name it, and I'll make time on a business trip to hit whatever Chinatown is open until 1am in whatever city I'm in!
Unfortunately, I've found Roanoke to be a vast cultural wasteland for "authentic" Chinese food. It's so bad that at one restaurant (Taipei), my request to have a dish made with bok choy was met with blank stares.
Are there any places in Roanoke that have a "secret", more traditional Chinese menu that I'm missing? I know that in some other cities, Chinese restaurants have two menus - one for the Americans and one for the Chinese locals - and you have to ask to see the Chinese local menu.
Am I just missing a place entirely that servers authentic Chinese food of any major Chinese cuisine?
I'm hoping someone here can help me out. As far as I can tell, the closest I've found is visiting relatives in northern Virginia (A&J), and I'm not looking to make a four-hour ride just to grab spicy beef tendon soup :)
- Ben Bleiweiss
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