Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Cantonese Gourmet South feeds Flint with seafood and pepper steak meals

FLINT, MI — If you’re a fan of Chinese food, you’ve probably made a visit or two to this longtime eatery in Flint’s south side that serves up fresh meals daily.

Cantonese Gourmet South, 3205 S. Saginaw St., which has been around for more than 40 years, has kept it’s same traditional cooking and beloved dishes even as the owners have changed over the decades.

Jimmy Kwok spoke with MLive-The Flint Journal on behalf of his wife, Yahong Yang and her parents, who are owners of the business. He acted as a translator.

“They were learning so much about it (the culture and language of the U.S.), but then again you know how they are, the first immigrants come in, the first thing they do, the language barrier is an issue,” Kwok said of his in-laws who immigrated from China more than 30 years ago. “So they hang out

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Ying Jing Ma, acclaimed chef of Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, dies at 59 | Off the Menu







Chef Ma's Chinese Gourmet (copy)

A photograph of chef Ying Jing Ma overlooks the dining room Feb. 8, 2017, at Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant in Overland. 




Ying Jing Ma, whose singular cooking in an erstwhile Taco Bell in Overland won him devoted customers and critical acclaim, died Aug. 4.

Ma was 59. The cause of death was not available.

The Hong Kong native made his name in St. Louis with Chef Ma’s Chinese Gourmet Restaurant, which opened in 2015 at 2336 Woodson Road, a former Taco Bell building that has since housed several independent restaurants.

In the restaurant’s original location, a photograph of Ma in crisp chef’s whites overlooked the small dining room. His menu featured both regional Chinese dishes — Hainan chicken rice was a signature item — and American Chinese fare.

Ma’s cooking drew praise from St. Louis food media. Among its plaudits, Chef Ma’s was a

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5 restaurant picks and your excuse to eat discounted gourmet meals

Let’s call Miami Spice what it is: an unconquerable beast of a countywide feast.

It’s impossible, say, for an adventurous epicure to take part in all 141 restaurants (and growing) offered by the summerlong promotion running Aug. 1-Sept. 30, even if they visited two eateries every day.

So Miami Spice eaters will have to settle for their favorite deals, which abound – if you know where to look. Miami Spice will dish three-course prix-fixe menus at $28 for lunch and brunch (up from $25 last year) and $42 for dinner (up from $39 last year), which doesn’t include tax, tip and libations. The price hike, organizer Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau explains on its website, is “a result of direct feedback from restaurateurs… to help offset rising costs of ingredients and operations” since the pandemic.

Don’t forget to call ahead for reservations. Many restaurants absorb a loss drawing offseason

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Tasty Gourmet Chinese Food On Joliet’s Cass Street

JOLIET, IL — Last month when I wrote about the reopening of Super China Buffet on Joliet’s West Jefferson Street, I learned something I didn’t know. Turns out, the same family that owns Super China Buffet also operates Tony’s Wok, on Joliet’s east side, at 550 E. Cass St.

I had driven past Tony’s Wok numerous times over the years and thought about stopping, but never did. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, I pulled into the parking lot and walked inside. The first thing you will notice about Tony’s Wok is that this restaurant takes the new coronavirus very seriously. The entire dining room section is blocked off and off-limits to customers during the pandemic.

For now, you can only order carryout when you visit Tony’s Wok.

Secondly, Tony’s Wok has installed a large plastic screen to keep customers separate from having close contact with the restaurant staff. That’s another big

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