Imperial Garden in New Orleans

Imperial Garden
3331 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA

This is my mecca for chinese food! This is what I’ve been searching for my entire time in New Orleans. I’m so glad I finally found you! Finally, a place with decent home made spicy sauce. A little far from where I live which is probably the only down side. The dishes were decent, mostly priced at about $12 to $13( not bad for how big the portions are). This is truly a hole in the wall, there’s nothing (literally nothing) from its outer physical appearance to suggest genuine Cantonese cuisine inside!

Once inside, the bar and usually red carpet from the 80s doesn’t suggest the best chinese palette experience of my New Orleans era but I guess ya can’t judge a book by its cover. I love places with secret menus! Feels so elitist and exclusive! I was so grateful for my fellow foodie (who is fluent in Chinese) who came with me because when I asked for descriptions of the chinese dishes, I could barely understand her broken English. After much discussion, I ordered pipa tofu (tofu ball with chives deep fried, doused in a bland/sweet sauce), chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce (ok), beef with black bean sauce over chow fun (do you know how hard it is to find a chinese restaurant with this dish??!? this is my first time! i love this! absolutely love it) and got a pork chop dish with half in salt and pepper sautee and half in succulent sauce. The flavors for both were so amazing that I didn’t want to stop eating but had to because I was going to soon have trouble breathing.  My fellow foodie had the seafood chow fun and told me that their sauce is truly the authentic Cantonese sauce we’ve been searching for and also commented on how amazing their home made hot sauce is. Next time though,  I will definitely order my food to go  ahead of time (I was kinda bored with all the chinese chatter going around me. thank God for smart phones).  If you are looking for some good chinese food, definitely come here and order the pork chop dish, and ask for it half and half like I did, you won’t be sorry!

tofu balls

seafood chow fun

chicken with eggplant in garlic sauce

half and half pork chops

beef with black bean sauce over chow fun

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