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“Truly happy!”
Review of Happy China

Happy China
Ranked #294 of 785 Restaurants in Durham
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed February 8, 2016

We like all kinds of Chinese cuisine and so far this is the best in the area. Not the usual American chinese fare.

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Among the limited choices of authentic Chinese food in Durham - Chapel Hill, Happy China stands out above the competition. The good news is this place is very good on its own and would be so even among places in NY, San Francisco etc. Growing up around Chinatown in NYC, I've had my share of the real deal. Happy China won't disappoint --something to be said that the majority of patrons are Asian and seem to know a little about Chinese cuisine. Large selection of familiar dishes in addition to authentic Chinese menu options. I love the pea-shoots, Happy Hunan with wonderful large shrimp and my old Chinatown late night favorite --Chow Fun. Overall a very good authentic Chinese restaurant -best among the options.

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed December 25, 2015

We just came back from dinner on Christmas day. Not surprisingly, the restaurant was very busy as most places were closed. There was a long line of people waiting for a table. Fortunately, we had a reservation. Unfortunately there was no one acting as a hostess for about 15 minutes. So reservation or not, everyone just had to stand there. When we were seated, we again were left alone until I stood up and tapped the server on the shoulder and said we would like to order. Our starter dishes started to arrive at the same time as the main dishes. In addition, we did not have plates, eating utensils or napkins. Once again, we had to flag down a waiter to get those. Some people did not get the rice that came with the dishes, despite asking for it several times. The server said "yes, yes" and that was the end of it. On top of that, many of the dishes were mediocre or worse. Dan-dan noodles were virtually indelible; soggy overcooked spaghetti in a bland peanut sauce. Chicken with scallions had soggy vegetables with an odd peppery seasoning. Kung Pao chicken was reportedly also unsatisfactory. The service was clearly disorganized. The restaurant must have known this would be a big day for them, and they were not at all prepared.

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

Everything very fresh ... Best egg roll I ever had....Bok Chou and spinach very good portions... Waitstaff very good.... Prices very good fof the nice portions....will be back

Thank STANTONSEE
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Reviewed February 4, 2015

The food and service here is stellar. Atmosphere is nice and comfortable. Lotus root is at the top of the list!

Date of visit: February 2015
Thank DeniseReaves
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