Costa Rica News – Chinese cuisine is a bit different in each country, as it gets mixed with local flavors. Chinese food in Costa Rica and in the US taste very different, for example. When the Chinese migrated to Costa Rica they tried to replicate their dishes from home with locally found ingredients. Later they brought over some of their vegetables and seasonings.
Five Chinese restaurants in San Jose really stand out for their cuisine.
Wong’s, in Cuesta de Moras, is known for its dim sum. It popularized this dish that thousands of Costa Ricans now crave.
Canton, Escazú, offers something not common in Chinese restaurants, fast food. It serves quick delicious meals in cardboard boxes. It also offers American style Chinese food like General Tso’s Chicken with sweet and sour sauce.
Isla Verde, near the US embassy, run by three sisters and supervised by their 70 year old mother, is the closest to a classic Chinese restaurant. The quality, presentation and attention bring it to another level. The star dish is Gau Nam.
Coconut, on 11th Street in Chinatown, offers Hong Kong style. It’s always got a line of people waiting for a table. Trust me, order a “number 8.”
Joy, also in Chinatown, offers Chinese food taken to the limit. It’s a gastronomic experience in novelty. The meals offer textures and tastes not normally found.