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The Chinese in Grafenwoehr: The good, the bad and the plum wine

A combination of noodles, chicken and duck from The Chinese in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

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By MARTIN EGNASH | Stars and Stripes | Published: August 22, 2019

Maybe you live on base. Maybe you find yourself on a training exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, and you’re staying in one of the rotational barracks. Or maybe you just don’t feel like traveling far. The fact is, your options are pretty limited here.

One of the few places that will deliver on base and the surrounding areas is The Chinese.

I’m not going to lie to you and say this is the greatest Chinese place ever. But it’s one of the few options you’ve got.

So, if you’re in Grafenwoehr for any amount of time, you’re probably going to order from this place at some point, whether you like it or not.

Do so wisely.

First off, I would always have them deliver, rather than going to the restaurant. They seem to place way more emphasis on delivery than on their in-house customers, and you might find yourself waiting a while there, watching numerous meals being cooked and delivered before you get your food. So, stay home for this one.

Plus, they will deliver you beer, so there’s that.

The peanut sauce on the dishes that come with it, like the crispy chicken with coconut and peanut sauce or the sesame chicken with peanut sauce, is so thick that it’s more like peanut butter than a peanut satay-type sauce.

I know people that are totally into this, and sometimes, when I’m feeling chicken with peanut butter, I consider it. But do not expect some spicy Thai peanut sauce or anything like that.

The General Tso’s chicken is also different than I expected. While not bad, it just tastes more like sweet and sour chicken to me than the spiciness I normally associate with this dish. Really, it is pretty good, though. You’ll just have to douse it with your own hot sauce if you want it to be really spicy.

The duck, however, is pretty good. You get large chunks of juicy duck breast on all the duck dishes. I prefer the duck with broccoli, but the sweet and sour duck with pineapple is also a good choice.

The stir-fried rice is OK. But I think the fried noodles are significantly better. Especially the combination fried noodles, which has chicken, duck, beef and shrimp all mixed together with vegetables and noodles. It’s quite tasty, and ridiculously filling.

I’m not a huge fan of the spring rolls. They just don’t have a lot going on. They’re little fried rolls with indistinguishable ingredients on the inside. I think the egg rolls have a little more to them, including more flavor.

The Chinese tosses in a free bottle of plum wine on delivery orders sometimes. I’m not sure when, because I’ve ordered the same thing twice and only got the plum wine once. So maybe you’ll get it, maybe you won’t. I wouldn’t be too bummed out if you don’t get it, though. I’m just not a plum wine guy. Is anybody?

My overall opinion of The Chinese is mixed — like my fried noodles. Nothing stands out as amazing. But nothing is really bad. I think given enough time in Grafenwoehr, I’m going to keep going back to it.

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Address: Neue Amberger Str. 40, 92655 Grafenwoehr
Directions: Just left of Tower Barracks gate three
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, 4 p.m. to 10:30 pm for dinner
Drinks: Soft drinks, beer and plum wine
Food: Chinese food
Prices: Around $10 per meal
Dress: Casual

Crispy duck from The Chinese in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
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