New Orleans French Quarter...Chinese Food?!
Chas and Chuck had a trip planned for Asia that was ruined by Covid. They were going to eat street foods in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. In the heart of New Orleans we found a Chinese spot that has very similar foods to the ones we researched...we simply had to know!
Located on the famed Decatur Street, Dian Xin is an authentic Chinese style restaurant that boasts a rather impressive 4.7 rating on google and a 4.5 on Yelp. When in the French Quarter typically we are looking for creole fare with a hefty dose of crawfish, gumbos, and po’ boys...it almost felt like cheating on one of the best towns in the world by eating a different cuisine. We are so happy we did.
A little restaurant with maybe 12 tables, Dian Xin was quite busy, and we went near closing time when it has usually calmed down a bit. We had a very friendly and courteous server who offered to help with our menu selections…but due to the planning for our trip to Asia, we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted already.
We decided to order multiple types of Xiao Long Bao (Chinese soup dumplings), Jian Bing (basically a savory Chinese crepe), and some pan-fried dumplings.
The Xiao Long Bao was fantastic. We have had these little delicious bites before in Bayside, NY but the second variety we ordered here had a bit of a twist. They had one that was stuffed with crab and crawfish, sort of as a tribute to New Orleans. Honestly, they were both fantastic. Had a nice savory flavor with good depth in the soup broth.
The Jian Bing was so exciting to try. This was a food that we were both very much looking forward to when planning the trip to Asia. It’s so simple yet the flavors blend so nicely. Almost like a light Chinese sub. Lots of filling and wrapped with a very light crepe-like wrap with egg.
These were also very tasty, pan-fried dumplings as well. Their stuffing mix was rich and flavorful, and the outside was fried hard enough that it was a good texture but not so much that they were burnt. There was still a nice “spring” to the dough as well with it being thick enough to both be hard and soft at the same time.
We cannot wait to check this place out again and order some of the fantastic looking dishes we didn’t get to try this time around. The Char Siu, tiny fried bao, the many awesome looking noodle dishes, and a plethora of entrees that all look to be very high quality. One thing is for absolute certain…Dian Xin - Didn't Suck!