There was a discussion about Great Beijing in Lincolnwood a few months ago, whether it had reopened after a fire and if they had Chachiang Mein, seemed to be the predominate questions. Great Beijing has reopened and yes, they have Chachiang Mein on the menu.
I stopped in Friday night for take out and while waiting had the opportunity to check out both the patrons and the décor. The place was jumping and the patrons seemed to be 90% Asian, with a nice multi generational mix. The décor was pleasant, noise level low and the tables were very well spaced with, what seemed to be, efficient polite wait staff.
I was not in the mood for Chachiang Mein, even for the sake of Chowhound science, but I did order GBs version of the Great Seas type spicy fried chicken wing drumette. This was a slightly different version than Great Seas, not as crisp, with a lighter tasting sauce due to the fact that they used fresh chili paste (sambal olek) as opposed to dried toasted peppers.
The wings, Mandarin Gan Pong Chicken (C-17) were quite a large portion and came with rice. I also ordered Hot Bean Curd, sometimes referred to as Ma-Po Do-Fu, which was flavorful with bits of pork and vegetables, but suffered, in my opinion, from the same lighter flavor of the chili paste. GB included a small container of raw onion pieces and a dense black bean paste, same as at Great Sea, with my wing take out order.
The host was extremely friendly and seemed to want to chat, especially when I asked about Great Sea style chicken wings, but, and this is extremely rare for me, I did not wish to converse. To his credit he saw that I was not interactive, asked if I would like tea while I waited, which I did, brought me tea and left me alone.
There seems to be a about 4-1 ratio of Suburban type Chinese items to interesting sounding dishes on the menu, I plan on going back and exploring the menu at Great Beijing. I am also looking forward to conversing with the amiable host. Just as an aside, I have had the Chachiang Mein at GB, pre fire, and thought it quite good, though the only other place I have ever had the dish was at Great Sea, which I also liked.
6717 N Lincoln Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60645
Great Sea Chinese Restaurant
3254 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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