Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Taste of Chinese Cuisine...

Laurie and I really enjoy Asian cuisine.   We are always searching for quality Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese or Thai restaurants.  While we enjoy dining at restaurants like P. F. Chang’s, it just isn’t the same as having a ‘real’ ethnic meal in a locally operated venue.  We've found good Vietnamese and Thai food but we hadn't found a good Chinese restaurant and we just haven't gotten around to trying one of the several Japanese restaurants in the Knoxville area.

This is China Pearl… It’s actually the first locally operated Chinese sit down/full service restaurant that we’ve found in East Tennessee that looked promising. (Any other suggestions would be welcome!)

China Pearl was founded by Sam Yap in 1991.  From what I learned from a neighbor, the restaurant was originally located near its present address and the place was sort of run down...but the food had been pretty good.

The entry or foyer for China Pearl was tasteful and promising.  The entire restaurant had a nice clean contemporary Chinese style to it. 

We were at the restaurant during the mid-afternoon…but the lunch specials last until 4 PM.  We took advantage of the situation!  The specials came with the usual Wonton strips plus our choice of Egg Drop, Hot and Sour or Chicken Rice Soup.  We both ordered the Hot and Sour Soup.  The flavor of the soup as well as the spice/heat level was just right!

I went with my favorite, General Tso’s Chicken, accompanied with Broccoli, rice and an Egg Roll.  I used a bit of the Hot! mustard with the egg roll.  It was quite good.  I’d ordered extra spicy chicken and the chef didn’t disappoint me!  The top of my head started sweating…meaning he or she got it just right…

Laurie ordered the Beef Szechuan.  It also came with the egg roll and rice.  She really enjoyed her meal!  The heat was right and the flavors ‘popped’ for her…

Two lunch specials = two wins!!  Even better was the price… Including the Sweet and Sour Soup, my lunch cost $6.95…and Laurie’s cost $6.25!  Good food at a very good price…that’s hard to beat!
The menu at China Pearl is huge…and it includes Thai, Panang, Yellow and Green Curries, Stone Grill Dining and, for the more adventurous, a large selection of Traditional Dishes.  This latter grouping includes such items as Chinese Bacon and Taro, Ginger Duck, Beef Tripe with Black Beans and Stewed Pig Ears.
We will return with some of our friends and neighbors so we can sample the dinner menu.  This was a good experience, but the big test will be via our next outing!  I was pleased to note that perhaps the best restaurant reviewer in the area had also enjoyed his experience at China Pearl.  Check out his comments at: http://whstonemandining.blogspot.com/2011/03/china-pearl-knoxville.html.
China Pearl is located at 115 Brooklawn Street in Farragut Tennessee. (It’s right in front of the Kroger Marketplace) Phone: 865-966-6937.  Website: www.chinapearlfarragut.com.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Dear Dave, I love good Chinese food. Actually, I love all Asian cuisine. I am glad you got good food and at a good price. These days that is a combo that does not always go hand in hand. Thank you for the visit. I always look forward to them. Blessings, Catherine

  2. It's getting harder and harder to find good Chinese food. Many of the older restaurants that use to serve great food decided to feature Thai food because it seems to have a wider audience. I hope the restaurant you've found meets all your requirements. It looks quite nice. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. We have some amazing chinese joints here.For that matter whole Asian cuisine is here amazing.Maybe because there are so many of them the food is excellent;)Your choice here looks quite tasty to me;)

  4. Looks like you found another winner.