Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Girls Night Out At The Jade Palace

Monday, January 26, 2009

Girls Night Out At The Jade Palace

A few of us Philly girls, now living in Phoenix and looking to replicate the Chinese food we were used to back home, headed over to Jade Palace in Scottsdale last Friday night.

Let me start by saying I am by no means an expert when it comes to Chinese food. I basically know what I like and that's it. Is it authentic...I have no idea...but if it reminds me of the food I ate at the Imperial Inn back in Philly I'm happy.

Since moving to Phoenix in 2002 I've been on a quest to find the "perfect" Chinese restaurant. In my eyes to be perfect the restaurant would have to meet the following criteria:

1. It has to have wonton soup without shrimp
2. It has to have crispy egg rolls
3. It has to have duck sauce

Up until this past Friday night I had not found a place that met these 3 simple requirements. But that all changed with the Jade Palace. We arrived around 6:30 and I'm glad we had reservations as it was pretty crowded. We were seated immediately in the main dining room where we were able to enjoy the soothing sounds of a harpist during our dinner.

Within minutes of being seated we were given a bowl of fried wonton noodles and some duck sauce to enjoy as we perused the menu. We immediately agreed this place had potential.

We decided to start our dinner with some BBQ spare ribs, an eggroll
and some wonton soup.
The spare ribs were delicious; as was the eggroll. The wonton soup, on the other hand, was good but a bit of a disappointment. Although it didn't have shrimp; it also didn't have chopped scallions and the thin slices of pork I'm used to. It's still the closest thing I've found to back home so I would definitely give it a thumbs up.
For our main course we shared pork fried rice,
chicken lo mein
and sizzling beef with scallops

All 3 entrees were perfectly prepared and just as delicious as anything I've had back home. So good we're already planning our next visit.


  1. Your blog is more than delicious, I will list it on mine! My mouth waters like hell!

  2. Which location did you go to? We see the one near Sweet Republic all the time but haven't tried it yet.

  3. I agree with you on the wonton soup! I crave a good bowl now and then! I've always had a great meal when I go to the Golden Phoenix, although it's been quite some time. Let me know if you go!

  4. We went to the Scottsdale location. Scottsdale &Pinnacle Peak.

  5. Everything looks so yummy. I'm craving Chinese real bad now!

  6. I've been having a terrible time finding good Chinese around where I live too. That's why I started making it myself. Heh. That stuff looks wicked good though. :)

  7. This looks so good! What a fun time hanging with the girls.. especially the Philly girls. I wish I lived closer! :) When I was last in Philadelphia my cousins took me to some great Chinese restaurants. We have some wonderful ones here in California too though.. so if you move again head out this way!! :) Ciao and hugs.

  8. Your post is making me realize just how long it's been since I've been to a good Chinese restaurant. We recently moved from a large city to a small town and there is only one Chinese restaurant to be found. Groan...

  9. you're a philly girl! right on... we're going to get along just fine. it's so weird that chinese food out there isn't the same as here on the east coast. shrimp in wonton soup?wha-wha-what!!? also, i went to eat chinese in california last summer and they looked at me like i had 10 heads when i asked for duck sauce. why knew it's not a staple everywhere?

    also, i love your misson statement at the top. it kind of makes me depressed to think about chain stores and wanting to break free!