I’m usually pretty suspicious of trying places located in a strip mall that is also located in front of a WalMart. Lucky Chen is located way out in Kearns/West Jordan, and in an area where there really are not a whole lot of other choices for food if you are in the mood for a quick fix. The only spots in the area is the Wendy’s and also La Palapa next door. After a quick check on Urbanspoon I noticed La Palapa was hovering around a 50% approval rating which is atrocious. On the other hand Lucky Chen was at a 93% rating, and that was after over 250 votes. I decided that alone was worth giving it a try. Boy was I glad I did!
I rarely taste Chinese food that is just “average”. It is normally really good, or it is really bad. I think that just comes with the nature of Chinese food. Bad Chinese food can be really greasy, and bland, but if done right, good Chinese food can be flat out delicious. At Lucky Chen the taste meter is far to the right in quality and taste.
The restaurant itself is brand new with not much inside. They have a few wall decorations and tables set up and not much else. The funny thing about this review is when I went there, I was on my way to a dentist apointment 2 hours later, so in hind sight, maybe Chinese food before going to the dentist was a risky approach.
I went with a combo plate for my lunch. You can basically choose from 4 different items from one group, and then another item from 4 different choices in a separate group. My favorite part of this dish was the sweet and sour chicken. The sauce was good, and the chicken was still crispy. The chicken lo mein was good as well. The fried rice didn’t taste like it was sitting in a vat of oil all day. Everything tasted hot and fresh.
Now this was not the absoulte best Chinese I have ever had, but it was still very good. And keep in mind if you are walking through a desert, and find an oasis, then does the quality of the water really matter that much? Luckily here, Lucky Chen is an oasis that doesn’t dissappoint.
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