New China

2921 Linden Avenue
Dayton, OH 45410
937.256.8800
websiteNew China (Dayton, OH)
2 stars

Primarily serving the neighborhoods of East Dayton, New China is a discount Chinese takeout restaurant the focus on getting convenient, quick Chinese food to local residents from its relatively small storefront along Linden Avenue. The spot has a number of specials for take out or delivery with a pretty typical menu for a Chinese spot. Not a whole lot of surprises in store at this place, but you will occasionally find a bright spot on the menu. The food is timely, and it’s inexpensive, and I suppose that’s all you can really ask for.

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Here are some of the dishes I have tried off of the menu:

  • Sesame chicken: The chicken is decent enough, morsels of white meat breaded and fried. Crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. The sauce isn’t that great though, while the dish is topped with sesame seeds, the sauce has sort of a weak flavor.
  • Kung pao beef: The beef has a sweeter brown sauce to top it, a nice fresh medley of veggies to make it great.
  • Fried rice: The fried rice bowls are good, the races lightly fried and topped with plenty of vegetables. It’s also neat that you can order the fried rice with a couple different kinds of meat. I had pork added, and it was clear the chopped pork was fried. Ended up being a little bit dry though.
  • Fried wontons: this popular appetizer is interesting in that it comes with eight wontons at a slightly lower price than many other places that serve 10 in the dish. The smaller portion is good, but the sweet-and-sour sauce that comes with it is a bit bland.
  • Rice soup: Filled with a nice broth and served with crispy wonton on the side, this soup is a night light app for one or two.

Service is pretty good. The restaurant has a small dining space, that was pretty clear it set up to take out food or have it delivered. The people are pretty good about things; there is a bit of a language barrier, but the service does seem to be effective, they seem to handle large crowds and series of orders quickly, and they also tend to get food out fast. 

In all, the spot is definitely a place with inexpensive Chinese food, and a lot of deals that can get it to you in quantity, for cheap. But I don’t know that the place really rises above the pack of others in this part of the city.

Recommendations

  • There are several coupons online you can take advantage of. A lot of free extra dishes coming with orders of certain prices.
  • Delivery fee ranges from $2 to $3, but the restaurant does not deliver beyond 5 miles from its Linden Avenue location.
  • Lunch specials. They’re very cheap here too, with most in the $5 to $6 range.

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