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Kung Food / Amerasia Review - Best Chinese Food in Cincinnati Metro

Mikey Chlanda

Hands down, Kung Food /Amerasia on Madison Avenue in downtown Covington is the best Chinese restaurant in the Cincinnati metro area. It is, I daresay, one of the top five Chinese restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana.

It’s a converted bar, with the long bar still there from the previous incarnation. Kung Food has an excellent selection of craft beers, with eight or so available on draft. Cheesy kung fu movies from the 70s play on two large screens behind the bar.

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How Fun Noodles at Kung Food / AmerasiaMikey Chlanda, author

Hands down, Kung Food /Amerasia on Madison Avenue in downtown Covington is the best Chinese restaurant in the Cincinnati metro area. It is, I daresay, one of the top five Chinese restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana.

It’s a converted bar, with the long bar still there from the previous incarnation. Kung Food has an excellent selection of craft beers, with eight or so available on draft. Cheesy kung fu movies from the 70s play on two large screens behind the bar.

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, whether you’re asking about the beers or the menu. If this is your first time here, ask for the picture menu which gives a better description of the menu items, plus (obviously) photos.

Our favorite dish is the how-fun noodles. It’s a rice noodle stir fry with veggies and your choice of protein. I get this two or three times a week. Warning -they are serious about the spice level. Spice level one through three is hot oil. There’s a big jump to four, where they start using habaneros. After seven, they use ghost peppers. I get a ten at most other places, but I usually get a four here.

The Imperial Stew is to die for - but it’s better as a cold-.weather dish. One serving can easily serve two. I usually tone down the spice on this, as it can overwhelm the dish. Other favs are the chicken cashew and the lo mein. These are more traditional and remind me of the classic Chinese takeout.

My fav soup there is the egg drop. The wonton soup is a little salty for me. Eggrolls are pretty traditional - my girlfriend loves them. The pot stickers are excellent, as are the dumplings.

It can get busy there. Go early for dinner, like 5 pm. Otherwise cal in. If you are flexible on lunch, go right before three pm, as that is when the lunch specials end and the place is less crowded.

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