We did it!

After almost 3 years of searching, Jon and I finally found a great Chinese restaurant! Chef Ben Hibachi & Chinese in Fountain City. The quality rivals that of Dynasty in Crossville (before the new owners took over, I haven’t been there since that happened but I hear bad things.) But last night on a whim, Jon stopped by this place and got dinner and it was amazing! We got General Tso’s chicken (a staple) and Ginger Beef and wonton soup. All were excellent. The fried noodles were great. There were egg rolls, but Jon ate those because I wasn’t in an egg roll mood. He said they were really good and fresh, though. You could definitely tell the ingredients were fresh and the food was made to order. The wonton noodles were not all soggy and greasy and disgusting like some places we’ve had. And they had a selection of 3 kinds of rice, including brown. Now that is my way of telling if a Chinese restaurant is any good, whether it offers brown rice or not. The cheaper places won’t bother, they just have greasy mixed vegetable white rice. Bleh. The brown rice was excellent here, though. The General Tso’s was in small, crisp pieces, without too much broccoli (I am not a fan of a lot of broccoli in my General Tso’s). Lots of fresh veggies in the Ginger Beef. The noodles were good and firm in the soup and the broth was very flavorful. We loved it so much we were already talking about going back while we were eating dinner last night. I can tell it’s going to be one of our favorites. I highly recommend it to anyone in the Knoxville area.

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3 Responses to We did it!

  1. Angela says:

    It sounds good. I wish it were around here so I could try it.

  2. Casey says:

    That sounds delicious! I’d heard of it before, but it’s so far away for me that it’s never really been on my radar. I’m glad you’re not a fan of Mandarin House either. When I first moved up to Knoxville, everyone was like “Oh, try Mandarin House! It’s SO GOOD,” and. . .no. Just no. Everything tasted like it had already been chewed two or three times.

  3. A. B. Monk says:

    I feel sick after I eat at Mandarin House. The food tastes old and greasy and disgusting. I don’t see how it won awards, honestly.

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