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The Going Rate for Chinese Food in Encino

Whether it's a fast food restaurant or an upscale eatery, here are five places to find Chinese food locally.

Have you ever had one of those weekend days when you don’t really feel like doing anything productive? You watch re-runs of the royal wedding, relax, read, and somehow it's 8:45 p.m. and you haven't eaten dinner. You're still in PJs from the night before and are in no mood to dress up.

Sounds like a perfect night to order Chinese food or go for a casual meal.

In Encino, we have a variety of Chinese restaurants to choose from with prices that won't break the bank.

Kung pao chicken is a typical Szechwan dish created with peanuts, diced chicken and chili pepper. We checked in with local places to see how much the popular dish costs.

has been open for 10 years and the proof is in the pudding; or in this case, the kung pao chicken. The spacious interior serves up customer favorites such as vegetable chow mein and jumbo shrimp, while also offering low-fat entrees. A large kung pao chicken costs $9.75 here and can be enjoyed in the restaurant, delivered to your home or ordered for pickup.

opened in 1990. Its interior is minimalistic with accents of Chinese culture shown through statues and artwork. Some favorite choices are the chicken dumplings and the sweet and pungent shrimp. The kung pao chicken dish costs $11.25. They also do to-go orders. 

Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant may have a plain interior, but the food is packed with flavor. The Van Nuys restaurant sells authentic barbeque duck and roasted pork fare, but also has a wide variety rice and noodle dishes, seafood and beef. Kung pao chicken is just $7.95. The restaurant provides take-out, but not delivery.

is the largest Chinese fast food restaurant chain in the United States. Classics such as orange chicken and fried rice are always ready to order. A large serving of kung pao chicken here is $9.88 and a small serving is just $3.22.

is a quaint Chinese restaurant located on Ventura Boulevard. Here a large serving of kung pao chicken is just $7.75 for a large, making it the best rate in town. It also provides seating, take-out and free delivery. 

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