Boise is an overlooked little gem in the US.
Not only is it perfect for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to the ski hills, trails, rivers, and mountains, but it's also a great place for entrepreneurs and restauranteurs to start their businesses. In fact, they have many restaurants in Boise that have become local favorites. Today we’re going to be looking at Chinese restaurants in Boise because it's always important to have a favorite restaurant for when a craving for Chinese food hits you.
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305 N 9th St | Boise | yenchingboise.com
Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant is a small corner restaurant that can't be missed. They serve regional Chinese dishes and have a full bar as well as indoor and outdoor seating. The inside is so charming with red, black, and beige decor. Chinese paintings hang on the wall and small partitions separate the room into sections so it feels more intimate.
The Chinese characters that make up Yen Ching symbolize gold and forging wealth and prosperity. This is the perfect symbol for Yen Ching Restaurant which was established in 1986 and became one of the best restaurants in Boise.
They specialize in Northern Chinese cuisine so you'll find Mandarin, Hunan, and Sichuan. Mandarin, also known as Jing or Beijing cuisine, consists of traditional staples of China's capital. Hunan is known for its hot and sour flavors. Sichuan, also spelled as Szechuan, is probably what you know best. It consists of the most popular Chinese dishes that are served around the world. it's known for its spicy, hot, and rich flavor.
Start your meal with Steamed Boa and enjoy an entree of Yen Ching Sizzling Beef with Scallops. Finally, end the meal with a green tea ice cream. Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant will quickly become your favorite Chinese restaurant.
"This place has been a pillar of Boise cuisine for 30+ years, and for good reason. Their Thai basil fried rice is legendary and their potstickers are always on point. I fondly remember the Boise High School days walking to Yen Ching to knock out an amazing lunch special and I crave their food to this day. It's a bright spot on the Boise restaurant scene for sure and not to be missed." - Yelp Review
2275 W Main St | Boise | sushijoyboise2.com
I want to start this by saying don't judge a book by its cover. The outside of the restaurant doesn't look like anything special, but the inside is fun and relaxed. There are many plants everywhere and it feels open and welcoming. The staff is really friendly and offer excellent service. The best part is that the food looks as good as it tastes and tastes as good as it looks. They even have an assortment of gluten-free options.
They have a Chinese menu and a Japanese menu and both are huge. If you're coming to this restaurant with a friend or family member who loves Chinese while you love Japanese then Sushi Joy Asian is the best place to go to. Try the Mango Chicken which is pictured above. They also have a Mango Tofu if your vegetarian. You'll be glad that you stopped by at Sushi Joy Asian Cuisine.
"Tried this place for the first time and we were pleasantly surprised. Very clean inside and was not very busy as it was early evening. Greeted by very friendly staff and a very extensive menu. Did the Maki combo and added Miso soup it was all very delicious and filling. Our server was very attentive and overall a great sushi experience. We will be back soon!" - Yelp Review
7609 W Overland Rd | Boise | guangzhouboise.com
The owners of Guang Zhou actually came from a small village near Guang Zhou, China, and have been cooking for over 20 years. They established Guang Zhou (the restaurant) in 2009 delivering authentic classic Chinese dishes with fresh ingredients. They offer takeout, delivery, and dining so it can quickly become your go-to Chinese restaurant for chilling with friends or taking out on a weekday. The service is excellent and the staff is friendly.
This restaurant is small but extremely welcoming with comfortable booths and massive windows. Browsing the menu, you'll notice all kinds of options including meat, seafood, and vegetables. Try their Mushu Pork which is stir-fried pork with cabbage, bamboo shoots, eggs, green onions, carrots, black mushrooms, and served with pancakes and plum sauce. You'll be back for more in no time.
"I LOVE this place!! Their food is my favorite Chinese and they are always so kind and courteous. They offer delivery and takeout. Even their fortune cookies are good. My favorite meal is the mandarin spicy chicken. So good and huge portions, plenty to split or save to heat for a couple meals. Give them a call!" - Yelp Review
3325 N Ten Mile Rd | Meridian | Wok Fusion Facebook Page
Sitting just west of Boise, Wok Fusion is a family-run and family-style restaurant that is extremely popular among locals. Thanks to its popularity, it’s often quite busy. They offer large lunch and dinner menus with numerous options to choose from. The food is fresh and the chefs serve up some good portions.
The restaurant features a fun interior with its small and colorful walls, minimal Chinese decor, and Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. It's just a chic little restaurant that's a great place to stop by when you're hungry for lunch or dinner.
So let's get into the food. One of the most popular dishes is the Spicy Mandarin Chicken made with their special Mandarin sauce. They also offer a Red Braised Tofu which is fried tofu that's then stir-fried with vegetables and spices. And don't forget to enjoy some beer or wine to pair with your meal. Wok Fusion could easily become your go-to Chinese restaurant in Boise.
"We love visiting for lunch and enjoying the leftovers the next day. Each time in we have tried something new and each time have been so happy with what we've gotten. I'm super fussy (much to my husbands chagrin) and would never turn down lunch or dinner here." - Yelp Review
4912 Emerald St | Boise | Wok-Inn Noodle Facebook Page
When I say retro-inspired, I mean it. They have black and white floor tiles, pops of red in the decor and furniture, Chinese umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, live plants everywhere, and neat vases on the counters. Even the outside is exciting. You can't miss this Chinese restaurant because of the vibrant blue and red of the building making it stand out. Wok-Inn Noodle was opened in 1983 by Mr. Chan who was born in southern Asia and trained as a chef. He opened five restaurants in Boise and sold them all except for this one which has been serving up delicious authentic Chinese food for over 30 years.
Chef Chan makes each meal to order and even makes his noodles from scratch. So you have to make sure to try the housemade fresh noodles. We recommend the House Noodle Entree with vegetables, chicken, beef, and shrimp so that you can get that tasty authentic Chinese cuisine with those fresh noodles. Make sure to start off with the egg rolls which are also made fresh to order. Piping hot and delicious! Wok-Inn Noodle is not a restaurant to be missed.
"I happened upon this little place when I was hoping to get some Thai food but the restaurant was closed today. I had always wanted to try this little place. Was I wonderfully surprised! The man who is cook there for 30 years even makes his own noodles from scratch. Everything is fresh cooked to order. I had the noodles with vegetables and they were amazing! I highly recommend this little place. He made me smile as well as the delicious food. It is nothing fancy but a great place to grab some takeout!" - Yelp Review
1473 S Five Mile Rd | Boise | tasteboise.com
This is such a cute restaurant. Taste Asian Fusion Bistro is small and cozy with a seated bar and colorful lights that look like umbrellas. It's a perfect place to just chill with one of their handcraft sake cocktail drinks. They also offer fresh housemade bar mixed drinks as well as a selection of local beer and wine.
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with calming music and a surrounding that's fun and elevated but not too formal. They have several Chinese dishes to choose from, but it is Asian fusion so you can also find other Asian dishes on the menu. Try their Shumai or Chinese dumplings which are steamed and housemade. They're filled with shrimp, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, and served with ginger soy sauce. For dinner, we recommend their Five Spice Short Rib which is low braised with garlic five-spice sauce and then served with vegetables. Delicious! Taste Asian Fusion Bistro has excellent service along with light and delicate meals that are full of flavor.
"Very impressed with the food, service, and decor is this restaurant. I ordered pad kee mao and my partner had the jade fried rice with beef, both phenomenal. The owner came to our table and we had a nice chat, super friendly and encouraged us to come back and try a different menu item. We will most definitely be back, it was some of the best Asian food we've had in Boise." - Yelp Review
When you're craving Chinese food, nothing else will do. So it's important that you have delicious Chinese restaurants that you visit when the craving hits. Hopefully, we helped and provided you with the top six Chinese restaurants in Boise. Each one of these eateries is unique and offers an experience that you won't forget. Which restaurant would you want to try first? Leave us a comment below.