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Furama

Perfect For: Authentic Ethnic Eats Big Groups Brunch Serious Take-Out Operation
6.8
CHI

Furama

We're always on the lookout for good authentic Chinese restaurants, and Furama is an Uptown staple that we kept hearing about. The two story spot has been serving Mandarin and Cantonese favorites since 1985. No brainer on a Sunday night. Apparently nobody else had the same idea, because the place was completely empty at 7:30 pm. Combined with the fact it was dark and stormy outside, we half expected Jack Nicholson to pop out from behind a dim sum cart with an ax in his hand - heeeeere’s Johnny!

Alas, Furama isn’t haunted, unless you count the creepy employee who once ate pizza at the table next to us. But we’ve learned a few things about it since then. One, it’s middle of the road Chinese. We’re eternal optimists though, so we look at the glass half-full. There’s a lot of bad Chinese food around, and you can count on Furama being better than that.

They also serve dim sum, which is always good to know. The kicker is you can get it any time of day, not just in the mornings, late at night, or on the weekends, which is often the case elsewhere. Want to come for dinner and indulge in sweet and sour chicken plus barbecued pork buns and egg custards? By all means, that’s your right. And that’s why we would choose Furama for Chinese food over other spots. The ability to mix and match classic family style dishes and dim sum at any time of day has value, even if the food will never be great.

As far as other people actually eating in the restaurant? That remains a mystery. The second floor banquet hall is often busy with families eating dim sum on the weekends, but it’s a crapshoot aside from that. Come out, come out, wherever you are.

Food Rundown

Crab Rangoon

I can't help but order it, as is tradition for white people eating Chinese food.

Pork Dumplings

A little on the overcooked/mushier side. Not bad.

Barbecue Pork Buns

Good barbecue pork filler, but the bao itself is a little bland.

Mochi Rice & Meat Wrapped

A meat (pork?) filled block of rice cooked in what's probably a banana leaf. Really good stuff.

Fried Crab & Shrimp

This dim sum dish is a crab and shrimp mixture that's been formed into a square block and lightly fried. Heavy on the shrimp flavors and really good.

Egg Custard

Pastry shell itself is delicious, although the custard itself isn't sweet enough.

Seafood Combination with Vegetables

Jumbo shrimp, fresh scallop, squid, cuttlefish, baby corn and straw mushroom in a garlic sauce. Not too heavy and a good seafood dish to share amongst a few.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Solid stuff if you want to play it safe.

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