Here’s Chow Bing’s philosophy in a nutshell: A younger generation isn’t too keen on the way Chinese food is presented at most restaurants. It is full of heavy oils, MSG and low quality meats. “Naturally Good Chinese” is much more than a slogan to owner, Gary Lin.
I was first introduced to Gary Lin’s fast casual concept, Chow Bing, a couple years ago. His first Chow Bing was located downtown in the Pencil Factory lofts, but has since closed. I instantly loved the light and healthy ingredients used in his foods. More than that, the decor was a minimalist and modern look, as is his newest location, in Buckhead’s Disco Kroger.
Gary, who uses meats from humanely raised animals, locally sourced vegetables, no MSG and many organic products. With four children of his own, says he would feel comfortable letting his kids eat the food from his restaurants every day.
Besides items like Edamame, Dumplings and wings, some of my favorite appetizers are the Crawfish Wontons at Chow Bing priced under $5. In the need for something really hot? Order the Sichuan Wings, true to the “tongue-numbingly hot” promise on the menu.
If you do order those hot wings, make sure you have a bubble tea handy to combat the burn. My bubble tea of choice at Chow Bing? Mango coconut. Make it an extra tasty boozy shake by adding some rum.
All entrees are referred to as Bing Platters – complete with protein, rice or noodles and 3 vegetables. You can “bing it yourself” or order from the house platters. Luckily, our group of foodies was happy to share with one another, so I got to taste many of the entrees at Chow Bing. I’d previously had the Shrimp with purple slaw, broccoli and cilantro lime sauce, otherwise I’d have ordered that. A Beef Brisket was quite good as was the Roast Pork, marinated in red wine sauce, served with pickled carrots, cilantro and a hoisin bbq sauce, both only (8.59).
But I couldn’t resist the Chow’s Chicken box ($8.49), a lightly fried chicken breast plus sweet pork sausage, served with garlic steamed rice and french fries, honey lime slaw a hard boiled egg all topped with a soy sauce glaze. Phew! That’s a mouthful. And then some! It makes me think of it like the chinese version of Bandeja paisa. The chicken breast was lightly fried and the soy sauce glaze matched it perfectly. The sweet sausage, which resembled mini beets, was wonderful as well. I loved the dish at Chow Bing, although I don’t know that the french fries added much to it.
The entree portions are the same at both lunch and dinner: huge. I barely made a dent in my dinner before packing it up for my hubby to eat later. You know that sleepy, lethargic feeling you get after eating chinese? I never felt that at all after my Chow Bing meal. No MSG and the use of organic ingredients attribute to this I’m sure. Where else in Atlanta can you dine out and eat such fresh, healthy food for these prices? Disclosure: Our meal at Chow Bing was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.
Chow Bing Buckhead website
3330 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305