The Lucky Corner Chinese restaurant occupies an unlikely location: a former SCUBA shop and diving school on the corner of 136th and S.E. Powell Blvd. Unpreposessing though it may be on the exterior, the interior is brightly colorful, shiny new, and sparkling clean. The tiny staff is friendly, efficient, and genuinely grateful for your business. And there's a good chance you'll be grateful you dropped by as well.
Lucky Corner does Chinese Food of the old school, classic Chinese-Restaurant style: BBQ pork, fried rice, egg foo yung, sweet-and-sour pork...you get the picture. There are no surprises on the menu, just all your well-known favorites, including the classic combination dinners, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
The big surprise is that they do this cuisine with exceptional skill and care. The entree's are cooked to order and arrive swiftly, piping hot from a seriously hot wok. The vegetables are crisp, the flavors fresh. The BBQ pork is juicy and tender, the fried rice fluffy and flavorful. Fried Won Ton are shatteringly crisp, with no trace of oil detectable. And the portions here are quite large; an order of cashew chicken chow mein, for example, will easily feed two hungry people.
On each of my multiple visits, egg flower soup has arrived at the table automatically, before ordering, along with the water and hot tea. If there's anything at all to complain about, it would be that this soup is not always as piping hot as the other dishes. However, the rich, thick and deeply flavorful broth, generously populated with chicken, peas and other veggies, along with the namesake egg flowers, more than makes up for this small shortcoming.
A signature dish is the Kung Pao Trio, with chicken, beef and shrimp. This is not a single dish with the three meats mingled, but a platter divided in thirds, with Kung Pao chicken, Kung Pao shrimp and Kung Pao beef, each seperately cooked and individually seasoned. Highly Recommended.
Most entree's and the combination dinners are under $10. A family-style dinner is available for 12.50 a person, and will more than feed a family. Beer, wine and soda are available. Iced tea, if requested, is cheerfully made by pouring hot tea into a glass of ice.
If this style of cuisine appeals to you, and you're anywhere near the location, Don't miss Lucky Corner. It's a classic case of the Mom & Pop hole-in-the-wall that's a hidden gem.
13604 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97236