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Nee House: AZ not ready for real Chinese cuisine


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Nee House: AZ not ready for real Chinese cuisine

p_dubs | | Jun 24, 2007 05:33 PM

My family been going to Nee House (NE Corner of Tatum and Thunderbird) for the past year. We've found this to be the most authentic Chinese restaurant in the State. However, I was not surprised by the number of negative post on the net on this restaurant. Arizona is not ready for a restaurant like this, it is still mostly frequented by loyal group of Chinese foodies who understand and appreciate authentic Hong Kong Cuisine. If you're craving for the homogenized version of chop-sui, don't waste your time here. There are only a few items that we order from the menu and their specialty is fresh sea food, live crab, lobster, shrimp and fish. For the unfamiliar crowd, I suggest not ordering individual orders, rather the food is meant to be enjoyed as a group. Best way to order is to talk to the chef to do it for you. Since they are usually busy, I suggest you go there early so the chef has time to come out and talk with you. For large parties, we usually stop by after the lunch crowd and ask the chef to work out a menu for us three days ahead of the party. That way, you give him ample time to prepare the ingredients and adjust the menu if necessary. If you are going to try their best dishes, be prepared to pay, although their pricing is cheap by San Francisco/Seattle standards, people in Arizona may feel a bit of sticker shock, but the food is well worth the price of admission. Their service can be better, but they try their best to accomodate their guests. Avoid the restaurants at peak times, it is just packed in there. But overall, I can't believe such a gem of a restaurant opened up in the middle of the desert. We no longer have to drive to California for Chinese food anymore.

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