Chandler’s House of Egg Roll named one of the top Chinese restaurants in U.S.

, The Republic | azcentral.com

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Well, that didn’t take long.

House of Egg Roll, the latest salvo in the East Valley’s barrage of regional Chinese hot spots, has garnered national attention, earning a spot in Time Out’s 17 Best Chinese Restaurants in America, just a few months after new ownership completely overhauled the menu.

Once a run-of-the-mill AmeriCanto takeout joint, House of Egg Roll “has morphed into the ultimate hidden gem,” Time Out says.

Chinese expats have been crowding the tiny Chandler joint, which offers the cuisine of China’s Shaanxi province, a northwestern region of the country that blends fire, spice and vinegar to explosive effect. It still serves egg rolls. But why bother?

Hearty lamb dumplings in a delicate sour broth share the menu with ribbon-like, hand-cut Shaanxi noodles; thick slices of milky white pork belly touched with a spicy garlic sauce; and whole barbecued fish covered with a face-melting blend of spices. Pita-like bread appears as crunchy fried nuggets mixed in with slivers of tender pork, or soaked into lamb broth to create a hearty stew-like soup that couldn’t be more perfectly suited to cold weather. Nearly every table orders the massive platter of braised chicken with potato and pepper, cumin-laced and set ablaze with whole green chiles.

House of Egg Roll is already crowded, and looks as though it will soon become more so, as the East Valley’s regional Chinese scene gets more and more exciting by the month.

Keep an eye out next week for my guide to 12 favorite traditional Chinese restaurants, which includes House of Egg Roll and other excellent additions to the Valley’s Chinese restaurant scene.

Details: House of Egg Roll, 961 W. Ray Road, Chandler, 480-899-9331. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.