Hao Wei vs. China House
Besides Lee Tang, there are two other Chinese restaurants in the immediate Troy area that fall into the “Chinese delivery places with near-identical, bilingual, red and black menus” genre: China House in Troy Plaza, and Hao Wei downtown. All three of these places serve very similar food, although there are minor differences that may tip one’s preference one way or the other. First, the similarities. Hao Wei and China House both are small restaurants that seem to do most of their business in delivery. Both cover the usual “Szechuan, Cantonese, etc.” bases in terms of menu, with meals in the neighborhood of five to six dollars per person. They’re prototypical “little Chinese restaurants”, right down to the big mirrors on the wall in the dining room. The differences, such as they are, are mostly trivial. China House, perhaps because it’s closer to RPI, offers a ten percent discount to RPI students with ID. Hao Wei (like Lee Tang) has a percolator of free tea available in the dining room. One could tally up items like these for a while, but the main difference may be one of cooking style. China House seems to serve its dishes a bit on the saucy side (not in the sense of personality, but in the literal sense of sauce); as a result, items like General Tso’s or sesame chicken tend to be somewhat soggy at times when they ought to be a bit crispy. It’s a minor gripe, though; for most purposes, these two restaurants are equals, and choosing between them really might as well boil down to figuring out which one is closer to you at the moment you get the craving for kung pao.