Journey to Chinatown’s Niu-Gu
Many first-time visitors are surprised to learn that this Mojave metropolis has an immense Chinatown district to the west of the Strip filled with scores of Asian restaurants representing the foodways of many nations. And at compact Niu-Gu (facebook.com/NiuGuLasVegas), this means contemporary gourmet flourishes riffing on the oldest cuisine in the world: Chinese. Mixing inspirations from various provinces, the tiny but capable kitchen produces unexpected delights like glistening squid ink fried rice, lobster-studded tropical fruit salad, fiery double-chili prawns and tender Angus beef short rib slices served on a dramatic leg bone. Niu-Gu is also an incredible deal in comparison to pricey Asian restaurants in the Tourist Corridor.