The Fresno-Clovis area literally has hundreds of Chinese restaurants to choose from. I am not counting Panda Express either. Out of the hundreds, there are probably only a handful that offer anything resembling quality and freshness. Most offer gooey, fried, sugary, doughy gunk with meat that barely qualifies. If you’ve ever bitten into a shrimp that had 5 inches of batter and 1 inch of shrimp, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll pass.
Tsing Tao (Ching Dow) in Clovis makes up part of the small handful of quality Chinese. It’s not that they don’t offer the fried gooey dishes, but they actually serve a lean piece of protein inside the batter, not just a chunk of gristle. All of their dishes utilize fresh vegetables and the sauces seem to be prepared at least partially from scratch and not dumped out of a can.
Here is what I ordered this evening.
The fried rice was fluffy with nice chunks of chicken, pork, beef and shrimp. The beans in the string bean chicken are fresh, blanched just right and the chicken has a nice crispy texture. The Tsing-Tao chicken is on the sweeter side of teriyaki but is nicely balance with a dash of salt. Huge slices of chicken breast make it a meal by itself (except if I’m eating it).
Tsing-Tao has been open since 1988, they write their orders in Chinese symbols and serve great food. Do yourself a favor and check them out, soon!