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The Dragon House located at 4 Police Station Square, Mildenhall.
The Dragon House located at 4 Police Station Square, Mildenhall. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)
The Dragon House located at 4 Police Station Square, Mildenhall.
The Dragon House located at 4 Police Station Square, Mildenhall. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)
Joseph Lau runs the show at the Dragon House.
Joseph Lau runs the show at the Dragon House. (Bryan Mitchell / S&S)

MILDENHALL — Joseph Lau is a kinetic but affable fellow known to scores of Americans with a fondness for Chinese food. He’s the busy front man at the Dragon House restaurant.

Lau has been managing front-of-the-house affairs at Mildenhall’s signature Chinese eatery for about 14 years, during which he’s helped to make the restaurant a favorite for Americans in Suffolk.

The restaurant has been serving delicious Chinese dishes to airmen and their families for more than two decades from its convenient location a block from the Mildenhall war memorial in the town center.

It has such a dedicated following that airmen returning from a stint downrange often stop there for their first meal at home.

But you don’t have to be a war veteran to enjoy some of the most delectable dishes this side of Cambridge. While the comfy dining area often echoes with American accents, and camouflage is a routine sight around lunchtime, the Dragon House is not solely the den of the Americans. Food this fast and delicious has a British following as well.

The menu is simple and straightforward, and it’s not the singularity of dishes that keeps the faithful coming back. It’s the reasonable prices, fresh ingredients and speedy service.

Hot and sour or won ton soup both go for 2.60 pounds ($5.20) while six mini vegetarian egg rolls will run you 2.30 pounds ($4.60).

I’m a big fan of the Dragon House chow mein special, which is a heaping plate full of chow mein noodles topped with shrimp, pork and chicken and smothered in a tasty brown sauce. It’s on the expensive end of the Dragon House menu at 6.90 pounds ($13.80).

For the red-meat crowd, the kitchen can whip up a Canton filet steak or a peppered filet steak. Each costs 9.50 pounds ($19).

See previous After Hours reviews here.

How to get there

Location: 4 Police Station Square, Mildenhall.

Phone: 01638 712 087.

Clientele: Uniformed airmen and Suffolk regulars.

Service: Always prompt and professional.

Drinks: Stella by the pint and some wine and spirits.

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