One of my favorite Halloween traditions growing up was eating at a local Chinese restaurant with my family. After a cold, long night of trick-or-treating there was nothing we loved more (other than eating the hard-earned candy) than to treat ourselves to a delicious hot plate of sweet and sour chicken. I remember the way my dad’s face lit up when his food arrived and how my taste buds danced in my mouth with each delicious bite. As time went on, our favorite Chinese restaurant closed, and our tradition came to a stop. There just wasn’t a Chinese restaurant that compared to this one. At least that is what I thought, until a few years ago when I came across Zhang’s Chinese Kitchen.
Zhang’s Chinese Kitchen has 2 locations, one in North Ogden and the other in Marriot-Slaterville. The owners, Hong and Maria, started serving Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine in their restaurant in August of 2007. Almost immediately after opening their doors, business was buzzing, keeping Hong busy in the kitchen and Maria on her toes in the bustling dining area. After 12 years of business, they are still going strong, thanks to the support of the community.
I remember the first time I ate at Zhang’s with my husband a few years ago. I remember how impressed I was at the flavors of Zhang’s food and how good everything looked and smelled. I even remember telling my husband how nice it was to finally eat at a restaurant where we didn’t have to yell at each other to communicate because the music was too loud. Their music was calm and added to our whole dining experience. They make sure to please all your senses at Zhang’s.
This week, my husband and I had another great dining experience at Zhang’s. At my husband’s request, our server, Anthony, surprised us with some of Zhang’s most popular dishes. The food was displayed beautifully on the plate, like works of art, and my mouth watered at first glance. The assortment consisted of dumplings dipped in their special sauce; Crab Cheese Wontons dipped in a sweet and sour sauce; Szechwan Beef (my husband’s obsession); and a dish I have never tried before, called Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli. I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet flavor of the shrimp. It was sweet but not too sweet, breaded but not too breaded, and the flavor was just right. I couldn’t get over how good all the food tasted; I was already looking forward to eating the leftovers. I had to make that food last at least another day, and my husband was thinking the same thing. He said he was actually excited for work the next day, knowing he would have Szechwan Beef to eat for lunch.
Zhang’s has a wide variety of food choices, including gluten free options. Their food is made fresh daily, contains no MSG, and they have recently added new items to their menu. I highly recommend eating at Zhang’s. Their food is DE-LICIOUS, and their service is excellent.
Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli
380 N 2000 W
84404, Ogden, UT
(801) 732- 8388
2586 N 400 E
84414, Ogden, UT