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We read all the reviews before going to this place and we were leery of trying it.
Being a native New Yorker I'm VERY picky about my Chinese food. I've lived in Arizona for almost 22 years and haven't found any really good Chinese yet.
That said, we tried Red Dragon Express tonight and were pleasantly surprised. I think the key here is to NOT order off the buffet but to order items that are cooked fresh.
The restaurant is a little "hole in the wall take out joint" similar to Panda Express at first glance. There are items on a buffet line that you can order, but honestly, most of them looked like they'd been sitting there for ages and it was a turn off.
I stuck with a few items that I read were good in the reviews...terriyaki chicken wings, won ton soup, hot & sour soup, house chow mein and a one item combo of orange chicken.
The one item combo had a LOT of food in it. They heap on the rice and noodles and it had a lot of orange chicken, so much so that my fiancee couldn't finish it and he'll be having it for dinner tomorrow night. He enjoyed both items. The orange chicken had just come out hot and fresh.
The hot and sour soup was very spicy but good and tasty. The won ton soup was actually some of the best I've ever had in Arizona. They actually made it fresh and it had very large won tons and fresh carrots and broccoli in it. It was a little on the salty side, so if you're on a low sodium diet like I am, this might not be the best choice for you, but it really is delicious.
The house special "chow mein" is really "lo mein" by New York standards....the soft noodles with onions in them, plus added shrimp, beef and chicken. They give you a LOT and it's freshly made and very tasty. I have enough left over for another three meals.
The terriyaki chicken wings were good, but a little rubbery and overcooked. Better over cooked then under cooked though. The terriyaki sauce is very sweet and sticky and it's a very thin sauce, not thick and goopy, but I enjoyed it, although it was a little sweet for my tastes.
So over all we really did like the food and will go back, but definitely order the food fresh and cooked to order. It's definitely worth a visit!
04/02/2010Provided by Citysearch
Like I said in the headline, Red Dragon Express is a great alternative to Panda Express, great price and huge portions. We are talking about 2X the portion as Panda Express. I was pleasantly surprised during my first visit. Don't let the portion and the price fool you, the food was really good. The two chicken dishes I had were all made with white meat (If I recall correctly, I saw only one dish that was made with dark chicken meat). This is something Panda Express doesn't offer. Trust me, having worked at Panda Express for the majority of my college life in Tucson, I will visit Red Dragon Express on any given day.
04/25/2009Provided by Citysearch
Red Dragon always has a large portion of their menu readily available. (think Panda Express, except with delicious quality food instead) Whatever isn't readily available can be made to order for you (even special requests that aren't listed on the menu) in 10-15 minutes flat. From soup, to the crab puffs, to their peppery singapore rice noodles, & every main entree...delectable! Hands down, BEST chinese food, especially for the price and convenience! Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Phone: (602) 237-7862
Address: 5130 W Baseline Rd Ste 108, Laveen, AZ 85339
Parking: Lot, Private
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Take Out, Chinese
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Below Average
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