There’s nothing wrong with chuuka cuisine (Japanese-style Chinese cuisine), Panda Express will forever be in our hearts and Yokohama really has it nailed. But with the flourishing Chinese community in Ikebukuro, it would be a shame not to take advantage of Tokyo’s truest Chinese flavors.
Here are three restaurants to introduce you to your next food tour destination for the most authentic Chinese food in Tokyo.
火焔山 新疆・味道 Kaenzan-Xinjiang
Uyghur cuisine may not be the first variety of cuisine that comes to mind when searching to satisfy your Chinese cravings, but if you’re a fan of Middle Eastern flavors it shouldn’t be passed up.
Uyghur are an ethnic minority group based in the western Xinjiang province with large communities outside of China in countries such as Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This Turkic group has perfectly melded Middle Eastern spices and Islamic practices with Chinese sensibilities.
Entering Kaenzan Xinjiang, expect to be