CHINATOWN — If you end up experiencing a real life "A Christmas Story" catastrophe, and the neighbor's dogs run off with the turkey, the neighborhood has plenty of Chinese restaurants open on Christmas.
Here's a list of some of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown open for the holidays:
Won Kow Restaurant
2237 S Wentworth Ave
Try the Chicken almond ding, a stir-fry chicken and vegetables cooked in butter with almond slivers ($8.50).
Joy Yee Noodle
2139 S. China Pl.
11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
You can't go wrong with the spicy orange chicken ($10.95) or lo mein ($10.95).
2168 S. Archer Ave
8 a.m.-2 a.m.
This Bib-Gourmand-awarded restaurant has it all. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you might explore the BBQ menu, where you’ll find deep fried pigeon ($16.95), Beijing Duck ($18.95) and BBQ Pork Rib ($13.95).
2238 S. Wentworth Ave.
11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
Here's where you might start with the Mandarin Shrimp Toast ($5.25), sample the Bar-B-Q Baby Back Ribs ($6.50) and end with the Kung Bao Beef ($11.25).
209 W. Cermak Rd.
Open 24 hours
This joint's got an extensive chop suey menu with all the classics — mushroom, chicken, shrimp and beef. Prices range from $5.25-$8.50, depending on your meat.
2131 S. Archer Ave.
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Try out the "Rich Man Fried Rice." The dish comes with fried rice, dried scallops, egg whites and vegetables for $13.95. If you're looking for something a little more fancy, there's the Hong Kong Steak With Brandy And Mushroom Sauce ($28.95).
242 W Cermak Rd
3 p.m.-1 a.m.
The Golden Bull offers a nice rice casserole menu, requiring a 30-minute advance notice. Options include traditional Chinese sausage ($8.95), quail ($11.95) and frog ($18.95).
Yan Bang Cai
228 W Cermak Rd.
11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Yan Bang Cai features a menu stacked with recipes from Zigong City — also known as “Salt City” for its heavy brine trade. The Zigong menu sports spiced rabbit with chili pepper ($7.95), chicken with bamboo shoots ($12.95) and quick-fried seven-step duck ($12.95).
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