2014-07-16 / Restaurant of the Week

Golden House Chinese Restaurant

By Teresa Barile

Whether it’s too hot to cook or too cold to go outside, Golden House comes to you bringing forth freshly prepared, Chinese regional dishes to your home or office. Now, even if you choose to eat in for a quick bite, the newly renovated dining area is comfortable and clean with modern leather booths and tidy tables. Owner Michael buzzes with orders going out and the phone is always ringing. Good food is the reason Golden House has been around for 22 years, conveniently located on 30th Avenue in Astoria.

With nearly 200 items on the menu, you’re sure to find your favorites. We began with tender shrimp dumplings steamed until translucent. These light, tasty dumplings are great dipped into soy sauce and there are also vegetable, pork and chicken dumplings. Next came barbecued spareribs, which were meaty and succulent, available in small and large portions ($5.95/$11) or you can even have boneless spareribs and keep your hands clean. A light, crispy spring roll or savory scallion pancakes start off the meal, and new “American” items such as fried mozzarella sticks keep the kids happy. There are a dozen kinds of soup, all made in house with fresh ingredients, such as classic won ton soup, seafood soup and creamy chicken and corn soup.

The food at Golden House is never greasy or salty, always fresh and tasty. Entrees come with beef, pork, chicken, seafood or vegetables, s o

everyone gets their favorite dish. There are even low calorie “diet dishes” on the menu now. I love their noodle dishes too, such as lobster lo mein, and pork chow ho fun made with flat noodles. Cold sesame noodles are flavored with peanut sauce and spices. We had the spicy orange chicken, with a zesty citrusy sauce and chunks of white meat chicken. The sesame chicken, made with all white meat chicken breast in a delicious sauce, is sprinkled with sesame seeds ($5.50). Savory sliced roast pork is sautéed with mixed vegetables for another delicious dish, spooned over white, brown, or fried rice. Moo shu pork is a popular dish that you wrap up in steamed pancakes that accompany this dish.

You should try some of the chef’s specialties, such as “Happy Family”, which marries jumbo shrimp, lobster meat, sliced pork, beef, chicken and vegetables in the house special sauce ($11.25). This large portion comes to you piping hot and can be shared by two, along with some fluffy white or brown rice and fried noodles. Another creation called “Hawaii Five-O” combines beef, shrimp, scallops, chicken, and roast pork with fresh vegetables for a unique treat. “Empire Shrimp” sautees plump shrimp with broccoli, green peppers, straw mushrooms and baby corn in savory sauce ($9.95). Spicy Szechuan duck is a classic dish that requires some time to prepare but is well worth the wait for its juicy, succulent flavor and texture.

If you can’t decide what to get, or you’re in a hurry, simply order the House Combos where you choose your main dish which comes with pork fried rice and an egg roll. Combos run from $6 to $7.50 and include spicy curry chicken, eggplant with garlic sauce, General Tso’s chicken, shrimp chow mein, sweet and sour chicken, and many more. You can’t beat Golden House’s lunch specials that start at $5.50 and include one of dozens of entrees, plus pork fried rice or steamed brown rice, and your choice of soup or roast pork egg roll. Golden House Chinese Restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, from 11am to 11:30pm weekdays and until midnight on weekends. Fast, free delivery is available and you’ll get a free can of soda with orders over $12. Orders over $18 come with a free order of pork fried rice or a quart of wonton soup. You can order by phone, fax or online.

35-12 30th Avenue  Astoria
718.545.0101  Fax: 718.545.1001


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