No Name Chinese

7400 SW 57th Ct.
South Miami, FL 33143
786-577-0734
Critics' Pick
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  • Wednesday through Monday 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Family Style, Private Party, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking, Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
The smell is the thing that will lure you into No Name Chinese. After all, there's no sign to point you to the oddly named restaurant, whose moniker emerged after its owners failed to unanimously select one. The closest they got was the "angry" dumpling. That dumpling is in fact on the menu, and six earlobe-soft bulbs arrive cloaked in what the place calls a "crunchy garlic bomb" of dried miso paste, crisp garlic and shallots, and annatto seeds that lends some crackle to puffed-up, pleated orbs filled with ground chicken thigh and breast, Fresno chilies, chives, fermented chili paste, ginger, and garlic. The restaurant also specializes in respectable versions of Chinese-American classics you might have indulged in while in a not-too-respectable form. Beef and broccoli is legitimized with the Chinese green called gai lan, which boasts the same sweet florets as the more common variety but with a more delicate stem and a more nuanced, earthy flavor. Black Angus is sliced thin and marinated in a blend of brown sugar, soy and oyster sauces, and baking soda in a spin on a technique that take-out cooks use called "velveting" that can turn otherwise tough bits of leathery meat into tender morsels. In this case, the beef becomes as supple as Wagyu and is finished in a wok with more soy, piquant black Chinkiang vinegar, and oyster sauce to conjure the final product that’s a sour and sweet with no hint of heaviness. These alone are reason enough to return time and again to find who knows what sad old takeout reinvigorated to new grandeur.

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