review – house of taipei, huntersville (chinese)

house of taipei (huntersville)

price: $-$$
rating: * * *

16500 northcross drive
huntersville, nc 28078

the world of americanized chinese food is an interesting amalgamation of fried chicken, monosodium glutamate, soy sauce, and argo starch.  culinarily problematic, in many ways.

nevertheless, it’s also a spot with a very particular kind of itch.

i’ve searched high and low for the best back-scratcher around, and this is my answer.

i’m notoriously lazy when it comes to driving more than twenty minutes for food.  i deem the distance negligible when it comes to house of taipei.

the food arrives within moments of ordering it, and be careful!  it’s still piping hot.  the vegetables are not overcooked, and the cuts of meat used are surprisingly lean.  best of all, they have an amazing vegetarian menu.  the sesame tofu is absolutely delicious.  throw in some asparagus, and you’re golden.

the service can be comical.  my good friend’s mother likened our server to a prison warden.  i had a moment where i felt like a certain dickens character asking for “more”.

it’s housed in a large space decorated with the requisite “backlit waterfall” painting.  highly glossed wood carvings take up arbitrary space here and there.

i really don’t care about any of that.  what i care about is general tso’s chicken, beef with broccoli, lo mein, mushu pancakes, egg drop soup, stir fried vegetables, etc . . . you name it, they’ve got it.

it’s just damn good chinamerican food.  if i have to make excuses for the effects of imperialism on cuisine, i’ll gladly do it on behalf of this restaurant.

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2 Responses to review – house of taipei, huntersville (chinese)

  1. Sheila February 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    what can i say?? my family has been loyal followers of the house of taipei dynasty for 16 years now and it has yet to fail us… mouth is watering as i type this. :) it’s the only restaurant that gets your food to you within minutes of ordering it without being characterized as a fast food joint! And there is no lack in taste coupled with that lack in time, i can assure you! Mushu vegetables, mixed chinese veggies in brown sauce, eggplant in garlic sauce, and sesame tofu will more than satisfy any veggie-lovers chinese cravings! they are also very accomodating — ask them to add or subtract any ingredient and they do so with a smile… (and just to update, renee: i haven’t seen prison-warden lady in a while! i completely forgot about her! :) hehehe…) but i do love our favorite waiter who has memorized our order by heart and gets me water without ice and a lemon just the way i like it! what can i say? they spoil me…

  2. Renee February 9, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    it’s good to know that the warden is currently hard to find. if you wind up under her wing, just smile through it. she can’t hurt the food, that’s for sure!

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