Columbia >Food & Dining > New Jingo's Restaurant
Jingo's is easily the best Chinese in Columbia. The staff is always friendly, and although it can be a long wait for carry-out food or deliveries on a busy weekend, it is always worth it. To hell with El Rancho. Jingo's is all I need for a late night, post-bar fat fest. Best items: Spring Rolls Crab Rangoon Lar-Lar Chicken Whatever they are making for themselves for lunch - Get that. They know what's amazing, and it usually isn't on the menu.
The Chinese food here CAN be authentic! You just need to be able to read Chinese :-) My friend and I had 'spicy boiled fish', and 'dry cooked pork', both spicy. Both authentic. BUt may not be for everyone... I have liked Singaporean fried rice noodle before. Big portion. ONe serving is enough for both my husband and I. Curry-y and spicy too. If you want authenitic Chinese food, this is the place. BUt go with someone who can read the Chinese menu. And go with big appetite. Probably 4 people ordering 2-3 dish is a good way to do it. In the basement, now there is a Asian market. Has lots of real Chinese flavorings and spices, if you want to try your hand at Chinese cooking, this is a good place to get ingredients. And their price on produce is better than local grocery stores.
I love this place. Been there several times since my first visit in February. The food is just fantastic :)
The restaurant is small but cozy with a view of downtown Columbia. It is family-run, and not very spacious nor is it a romantic atmosphere, but the food is delicious-- always served hot and satisfies a craving for good Chinese food. My favorite dish is the honey chicken, which on its own is not a spicy dish, but can be made spicy upon request...I highly recommend the spicy version. The crab rangoon is excellent. Both egg drop and hot and sour soup are also very good. This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Columbia.
Ordered last night...was told it would be a hour and a half wait got it in 30 min...presentation of the food was awsome....the generals chicken and honey chicken are awesome...the fried rice was over cooked...food was a pricey...still enjoyed the chicken
Your coconut chicken is the best chicken I think I've ever had! Thanks for lighting up my day.
I'm so happy I fund you guys! My new fave Chinese food!
I'm not going to lie, the owners who had it before were not good cooks. I remember eating there a few times before and I never went back. Now with the new owners the food really is amazing (esp. Mongolan Beef & Chicken dishes). Its hard to find a good Chinese Restaurant and this one is definitely one of them. The have lunch specials too so its a cheap price!
Okay, so you may have to take
everything I say in this review with a grain of salt because A) they were the ONLY place we found open after an hour of wandering around on New Year's Day and B) they were playing Spirited Away. I grew up on Hayao Miyazaki films, so I was super duper thrilled (read:distracted and ignoring friends) all through dinner.
That note aside, Jingo's was AWESOME! The space is a little small, but there are booths and round tables to accommodate larger groups. They have an open kitchen, so you get to see all the cooks making the food (sorta..maybe just their backs...)
The food was delicious. I had the shrimp chow mien, which was great. The flavor of chow mien can vary so much from place to place, so it was kinda like taking a leap of faith. Luckily, their chow mien was a body of water as opposed to a brick wall: flavorful without being a punch in the face.
My boyfriend got general Tao's chicken, which was really crunchy and had a little kick of spice to it, so I definitely recommend that dish too. A friend had also gotten an order of crab rangoon, which was also pretty good.
Lastly, the bill was pretty standard as far as Chinese sit-downs are; expect to spend somewhere between $10-$20 per person.
All in all, a solid Chinese restaurant that I look forward to visiting it again!
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