Our go-to place for Chinese in Columbia is Mandarin House, near Hy-Vee on West Broadway. The kids can get chicken lo mein; mom and dad can venture further afield. A few months ago we discovered ta-chin chicken – battered and deep-fried chicken in a spicy, garlicky sauce. Today, feeling adventurous, I branched out and was rewarded again: hot braised fish. Lightly breaded and crunchy chunks of white fish, all tossed with a hot sauce of dried peppers, onions and garlic. Maybe not Epcot good, but a damn fine option – definitely worth trying.
I have still found House of Chow to be a little underwhelming, so Mandarin House remains our family favorite.
3302 West Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203