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Good dim sum in Hoffman Estates

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Good dim sum in Hoffman Estates

Chandavkl | May 3, 2002 05:26 PM

Just returned home here in Los Angeles from a business trip to Chicago where I got a chance to reacquaint myself with the Chinese food in your city. Chicago is rather unusual in that it is one of the very few cities in the U.S. having a significant Chinese population where the best Chinese food is in the Chinatown/city center area. Elsewhere, the Chinese have migrated to the suburbs and that's where the good Chinese restaurants are located. Los Angeles has Monterey Park and Rowland Heights, San Francisco has Millbrae, Milpitas, Cupertino and many others, New York has Flushing, Houston has Bellaire and Sugarland, and so on. Being housed near O'Hare made it difficult for me as it was a long way to Chinatown or the DiHo shopping center in Westmont. However, on my last day in Chicago I did make a find--an establishment that advertised in the local Chinese newspaper with the unlikely name of Jockey Wok N Rolls, at the corner of Higgins and Roselle. Arriving there prior to flying back home, it looked a little disappointing from the outside as it appeared to be just another place serving tourist food. However, in looking at the dim sum menu, which was in force even at dinner time, it seemed like this place might be the real deal, with a large variety of items including chicken feet, sticky rice with chicken, and mango pudding. While virtually no dim sum restaurant in California would serve dim sum at dinnertime (sort of like eating Kellogg's Sugar Frosted Flakes for dinner), I didn't complain since dim sum is easier to handle on the airplane. I was only able to order a few items, but they were as good as any of the dim sum I had in Chinatown. Some of the non dim sum items on the dinner menu looked pretty good and I wish I was able to try those also.

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