Shirking Americanized standards such General Tso’s chicken and moo goo gai pan (though they do lurk on the expansive menu as options), Yi Palace hits traditional Chinese favorites such as tea-smoked duck and creamy shrimp with honey walnuts. Daily specials such as spicy braised chunks of rabbit give American diners a chance to try something th
Critic Lyman Chen is a regular at Yi Palace Authentic chinese food, a restaurant known for inventive cuisine that goes well beyond the standards. Deep down, Chen thinks, “Chinatown in Philly rules.” But he also believes the palace holds its own. “Yi serves great, authentic Chinese food in North Wilmington,” he says. Dishes he calls “generous and healthy” include Thai-style laab, a mixture of spicy pork, chicken and beef served with lettuce wrappers; spicy Moroccan lamb with couscous; and Peking duck with crepes and scallions. The decor is unremarkable. The food is not.