Philadelphia’s Chinatown is bursting at the seams with great restaurants, food stalls, tea and coffee shops, and tiny to-go spots. Some restaurants are decades-old and distinctly Philly, while others are branches of exciting and distinct chains from China, Taiwan, and New York. With so many choices, it’s always best to ask the pros — Chinatown community leaders who grew up in Chinatown, work in Chinatown, or work with international businesses — to get their recommendations on where and what to eat in the neighborhood.
For this guide, we spoke to Anne Ishii, executive director of the Asian Arts Initiative; Devon Stahl of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Samuel Chueh, the city of Philadelphia’s director of international business and global strategy; Harry Leong, director of the Philadelphia Suns; Betsy Lee-Fong, who sits on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs; Alix Webb, executive director of Asian Americans United; Carol Wong, owner and director of the Chinatown Learning Center and a board member on the Asian American Women’s Coalition and Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia; as well as Philadelphia photographer and Chinatown native Albert Lee. Here are their insider tips on where to dine in Chinatown.Read More