Chinese Guy

10340 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33174
305-227-3111
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CandaceWest.com Pork intestine with dried chili at Chinese Guy.

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  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday noon to 11 p.m., Sunday noon to 10:30 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Family Style, Order Online, Takeout, Wifi Access
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted
At the minuscule West Miami-Dade spot Chinese Guy, mounds of neon-orange pumpkin wedges and sunflower-yellow corn sit on every table. Both have been sautéed in a salty, rich potion of preserved duck egg yolks and a fragrant seasoned oil punched up with garlic, ginger, and possibly a dash of MSG. Some diners dive into dry-fried pork intestine with crisp exteriors and fatty interiors that aren't all that different from the oleaginous hunks of fried pork belly available by the bagful at El Palacio de los Jugos. Other patrons opt for Jiuniang fish: curls of tilapia gently poached with loamy wood ear mushrooms, leaving the pearly-white flesh butter-soft and floating in a pool of seasoned oil punched up with a hint of rice wine. Chinese Guy also dishes out tender soy-braised pig trotters, steamed fish in pickled cabbage soup, and fatty pork rib tips atop sweet, sticky glutinous rice. This is the cuisine of North China, and more specifically Tianjin, a sprawling port city of 15 million where Kun Bao and Yanan Cai, who opened Chinese Guy in 2014, were born. The idea was simple: Cook the food they grew up with to quell their homesick stomachs and those of their Florida International University classmates who, like the owners, came to the States via college partnerships. In the years since Bao and Cai's arrival, they've done what they set out to do, while also saving Miami from the glut of cloying, defrosted food so many take-out places have served for so long.

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