Little Dragons

Cuisine: Chinese
1508 Morse Road (Morse and Karl)
614.846.9114
Open 7 days a week. Sun-Thursday 11-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 11-11pm
Lunch specials 11-3pm, Dim Sum Saturday & Sunday 11-3pm

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Like many Chinese restaurants Little Dragons has a split personality. On one side it has a busy take-out counter offering standard Chinese-American fare with Kung Pao, Orange chicken and General Tso representing. On the other side a more authentic Chinese menu with such exotic ingredients as sea cucumbers, conch and balsam pear (bitter gourd).

We opted for some of the more standard offerings from the Chinese menu: snow pea leaves (the menu calls them leeks) sauteed with garlic, spicy crispy tofu, and double fried cooked pork.

The double fried cooked pork, made with slices of pork belly, was unsurprisingly greasy but very flavorful. The belly was stir fried with carrot, cabbage, onion and bamboo shoots, and seasoned heavily with 5 spice powder and hot oil. Good with steamed rice.

I love snow pea leaves and am always pleased to see them on a menu. Little Dragons’ version seemed as much steamed as sauteed and with very little oil, lots of garlic and very fresh tasting. A good antidote to the pork belly.

The tofu with snow peas and pak choi was sound but unexceptional.

The only disappointment of the batch was the scallion pancake which was overly bread-y and insufficiently scallion-y. The typical scallion pancake should almost resemble an Indian paratha in texture with more scallions incorporated into and between the dough.

Little Dragons has a fairly large, partitioned dining room, decorated with fairly typical Chinese decorations and is very clean. The service on our visit was little lackluster as we spent some of the meal trying to flag down our server.  Nonetheless, the food arrived promptly and they were more than willing to answer questions.

Little Dragons serve a selection of bottled beer. If you are grabbing a takeout menu, be advised that there are two versions of it. One has the standard Chinese-American fare and the other includes the authentic dishes listed.

5 responses to “Little Dragons

  1. Little Dragons has been a long time favorite of mine here in Columbus. I’ll usually drive out of my way to get it and not think twice about it. Great food!

  2. I went to this place and ordered off menu, basic Mei fun was not good at all and the person at the register was so surprised I knew what basic mei fun was lol I thought that was a typical dish on any chinese buffet but I guess seeing diffrent parts of asia have diffrent names for noodles maybe that’s why. I also ordered some other items and they were just average. If I’m in this area I’ll stick to Lawsheas or go down the street to houngs for food.

  3. I ate here the other day, and tried the Spicy Intestine (#3 on the menu above). My waiter seemed surprised and wanted to make sure I knew what I was ordering, but was also really happy when I enjoyed it. The texture of the intestine was great; crunchy and crispy on the outside and smooth and creamy on the inside, and it was wok-fried with copious amounts of chiles and ginger. It was definitely one of the best Chinese dishes I’ve had lately, and I’ll be back again to sample more dishes.

  4. The snow pea leaves and twice cooked pork were excellent and the combination lo mein was quite good. The only clunker was the crispy fried tofu that wasn’t quite crisp enough and a bit dry inside. Can’t wait to try more!

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