If you ever find yourself in Wooster, Ohio and craving authentic Chinese, you have to find Sue Min’s Chinese Gourmet! Branden and I first heard of Sue Min Lee while at Today’s Kitchen Store where she was teaching a Chinese cooking class one Saturday- the store smelled incredible! That was all it took for us to go searching for Sue Min’s restaurant.
One of the great things about Sue Min’s, apart from it being delicious, is the fact that Sue Min uses no MSG or lard and only uses pure vegetable oil in her cooking. Although I can’t confirm it since I’m not a vegetarian, but the owner of TKS told us that Sue Min also has a separate set of utensils and cookware for vegetarians that have never touched meat. The ingredients used at Sue Min’s are incredibly fresh and of the highest quality (which I’ll rave about more later in this post).
Finding Sue Min’s is a bit of a challenge as there’s no signage to indicate what it is. I’ve lived in the area my entire life and never noticed this restaurant (apparently its been there for 20 years!?). If you’re familiar with the area, its directly across from the OARDC on Madison Avenue. Hopefully my picture will help you spot it should you go searching. Branden and I actually drove past it a couple times before deciding that this building must be it and were a little skeptical as we walked in. One other word for the wise: check to see if they’re open before heading over, they have kind of funny hours.
If you’re looking for aesthetics, you’re not going to find them here. The inside of the restaurant is really nothing special at all and oddly resembles a really old ice cream parlor (odd, I know). But once your food is served, you couldn’t care less about what the place looks like. Seriously, this is some of the best Chinese food I’ve ever had. I’m not normally a huge Chinese fan (I much prefer other Asian cuisines over Chinese), but I honestly have been craving Sue Min’s lately so of course we went again today.
Tonight’s dinner consisted of potstickers for an appetizer and then Branden and I shared an order of Moo Shoo Pork and an order of Shrimp with Lobster Sauce. So let’s start with the Pot Stickers…holy cow. Every order is made to order, so it does take some time to get your food, but its worth every second. These pot stickers are fresh out of the pan and are perfectly crisp (we’ve had them twice now and both orders were consistent). They’re served with a citrus soy sauce which is to die for (we like to save it to pour on our rice). Branden will probably kill me for saying this, but he was borderline sipping it like soup, but you didn’t hear it from me…
On to the entrees…perfect! The Moo Shoo Pork is probably some of the best I’ve ever had and the homemade plum sauce makes it even better. Like traditional Moo Shoo, its served with Chinese crepes, but these are made to order and were so hot I actually burnt myself. Now that’s fresh! The pork is cooked to perfection and the cabbage was cooked, but still had a crunchy texture. Seriously, I can’t explain good enough how awesome this dish is. The Shrimp with Lobster Sauce was pretty fabulous, too. You could tell that high quality shrimp was used and was cooked just right. The flavor of fresh ginger lingered in the sauce that covered the shrimp and fresh veggies. Served over white rice, this dish was a winner as well.
You’ve got options when you go to Sue Min’s. She offers a full (and extensive) menu that includes options to make “combos” out of your meal by adding rice and an eggroll. There is also a buffet that looks yummy, but I’ve honestly never tried. Bottom line is everything is quality and made to order, so it does take time. Its only Sue Min and her husband are the only ones doing the cooking so either order carryout ahead of time or come prepared to wait a little bit.
Sue Min’s is by far the best Chinese in Wayne County, Ohio and I’d be willing to argue the tri-county area. If you love Chinese food, Sue Min’s Chinese Gourmet should definitely be added to you list of places to check out in the near future!