Finding authentic Chinese food can be a challenge on Long Island. These four places can give you a taste of the real thing.
YAO'S DINER, 2503 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-588-2218
When Stony Brook University student Adam Yao opened this attractive little eatery, he offered his compatriots a taste of home and gave Long Islanders a true sense of what fiery Northern Chinese cuisine is all about. Standouts include West Lake beef soup, megawatt kung pao chicken and an inspired rendition of fried lamb with cumin.
THE ORIENT, 623 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage, 516-822-1010
Restaurateur Tommy Tan enjoys guiding first-timers through the intricacies of authentic Cantonese cuisine at this popular spot that was remodeled a few years back. Weekend mornings, there's dim sum service. Other times, ask Tan to take you beyond the menu.
FORTUNE WHEEL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, Nassau Mall, 3601 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 516-579-4700
On weekends, dim sum lovers converge at this authentic Hong Kong-style restaurant for shumai, lotus-wrapped sticky rice and steamed roast pork buns.
RED TIGER DUMPLING HOUSE, 1320 Stony Brook Rd,. Stony Brook, 631-675-6899
Long Islanders have reason to put Stony Brook into their GPS with the opening of Red Tiger Dumpling House, serving the sought-after Shanghai specialty known as the soup dumpling or bun. Get your chopsticks around the delicate crystal shrimp dumplings, verdant vegetable dumplings and open-topped shrimp and pork shumai.