Le Bao

You might know Le Bao for their buns, but don't put them in a box. Next time you're there for dinner, head upstairs for happy hour. 

With Columbia’s vast array of Chinese food options, it can be tough to navigate the waters and decide where you want to go. Whether you’re looking for a nicer, sit-down restaurant to celebrate an occasion or a holiday, to get a snack, or looking for delivery, Columbia has lots of options. Combining Facebook, Google and Yelp reviews, Vox created this guide to figuring out which of Columbia’s Chinese restaurants will meet your needs.

Bamboo Terrace

General Tao’s chicken is ready to eat at The Bamboo Terrace Chinese restaurant.

Best restaurant for a holiday/occasion

Bamboo Terrace, 3101 W. Broadway Suite 101, Sun.–Mon., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wed.–Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed on Tuesday, 573-886-5555

Located on Columbia’s west side, Bamboo Terrace serves as the perfect place to go with a large group, sit around a table, and share a few dishes family-style, says co-owner Celeste Chen. Large groups have tons of options for dishes to split. In addition to the staples, Bamboo Terrace also features dishes like Duck Giblets and Vermicelli soup, or Sliced Beef and Beef Lung in Chili Oil. Be sure to try the Tea-Smoked Duck ($16.95), which Chen describes as boneless duck breast smoked with green tea leaves; it is served with a sauce made from dry red wine, pine nuts, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar. The dish makes for a pretty addition to your table as it’s decorated with parsley, a hand-cut butterfly flower and carrots.

Peking Restaurant

Peking Restaurant is our runner up for the best Chinese restaurant for a holiday or occasion. 

Runners up: Peking Restaurant

212 East Green Meadows Road #4

Try the Beef Stew in Clay Pot, $11.95

House of Chow

2101 West Broadway

Try the authentic Kung Bao Chicken, $8.95

Best restaurant to get a snack

Le Bao, 1009 Park Ave., Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed on Sunday, 573-443-2867

If you’re looking to satisfy your Chinese food craving but just want a bite, look no further than Le Bao, Jina Yoo’s eatery just north of downtown. The restaurant’s namesake, bao ($4.50-$5.50), serves as a perfect snack. Bao is a steamed bread roll made primarily from yeast and filled with different fillings, Yoo says. Stuffing options include Chinese BBQ pulled pork, which Yoo says combines Chinese and American flavors to make for a different take on a classic American comfort food. The pulled pork contains American seasonings such as black peppers and is mixed with hoisin sauce, which Yoo describes as a Chinese BBQ sauce.

Runners Up: China Moon

3890 Rangeline St.

Try the Shrimp Spring Rolls serves in pairs, $2.45

Loon Sheng

2716 Paris Road

Try the Crab Rangoons, $3.25

hot pot at Taste Place

Hot Pot is a popular Chinese meal focused around community. It involves boiling individual pieces of fish, meat and vegetables in oil. 

Best restaurant for delivery

Taste Place, 215 N. Stadium Blvd., Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Closed on Monday, 573-499-0001

Delivering anywhere within a seven-mile radius ($3, or $2 within a five-mile radius), the restaurant has plenty of standard fare, but stands out with its traditional menu. A highlight is the various hot pots, which Taste Place will deliver to your door cooked, or prepare the ingredients so you can cook them fresh at home. Choose from 11 hot pot options, including spicy lamb, hot spicy dry pot or stewed fish in chili soup.

Runners Up: China Chef

27 Conley Road Suite 106

Try the General Tso’s Chicken special combination plate, $7.75

New Mandarin House

3302 West Broadway Business Park Court Suite E

Try Lo Mein With Pork, $7.95

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