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.

Comments on Hao Wei vs. China House

Hao Wei is great! They deliver your food in half the time and the quantity is amazing! You get so much more that ou asked for. China House is alright, but take long time to find my house. Hao Wei is just fabulous!

Posted by MMMM CHICKEN (February 3, 2005 04:40 PM)

I get Hao Wei biweekly and love it. Their sweet & sour pork and chicken, as well as their fried wonton, are miles above the other RPI-delivering Chinese food places. The first time we tried China House, my girlfriend and I spent the night chugging Pepto Bismol and running to the bathroom. Lee Tang is so-so. I have enjoyed every dish I’ve gotten from Hao Wei, as they are all properly cooked and have the right balance of flavors. They seem to have the best overall prices too, even though they don’t have a student discount.

Posted by Craig (April 5, 2003 02:32 AM)

China House serves large portions of well-prepared Chinese food. The gravy they serve with their egg foo young is a major cut above any of their competitors. Delivery is fast and dependable. I order from there at least weekly.

Posted by Chuck Saile (February 16, 2003 07:51 PM)

Lee Lin on Pawling Ave. is good too. They have, by far, the best pan-fried dumplings.

Posted by bouv (December 10, 2002 12:12 AM)

I’m an international student from Taiwan and have patronized almost all of the Chinese restaurants in the Capital District. Honestly, I think Hao Wei serves the *BEST* Chinese food around, and I only go to other up-scale restaurants such as Plum Blossom, Ocean Palace, and Emperor’s Palace when I crave certain more exotic/expensive dishes. For those who don’t know, I strongly recommand two dishes Hao Wei serves: “Singapore Rice Noodle” and “Orange Beef”.

Posted by Tsao (June 17, 2002 12:37 AM)

Hao Wei serves a delicious sesame or kung pao tofu. That’s about it. I’ve had a wide selection of the rest of the dishes, and I haven’t been particularly impressed. In terms of delivery Chinese, Hao Wei loses: Lee Tang is quicker and less expensive. In terms of the quality of the food, I think both Lee Tang and Hao Wei have good dishes, but honestly, I prefer Lee Tang.

Posted by Justin Baugh (June 10, 2002 02:22 PM)

When Hao Wei first moved in (about the same time I did), I checked it out, and it was OK. Good Chinese food, good price. Every time I’ve gone back (about 15 times so far) it’s gotten better! Hao Wei is, IMHO, the best Chinese food around, almost as tasty as the upscale Sushi King and Plum Blossom. Egg rolls are crispy, soups are steaming, veggies are toothsome, and they actually spice things up when you ask for it!

Posted by Sarah (June 4, 2002 08:29 PM)