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    Las Vegas “Chinatown,” Giant Mall Developments For Miles on End

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | June 13, 2010

    I finally witnessed the famed Las Vegas “Chinatown” for the first time — which is a series of very large strip malls with Chinese and assorted other Asian businesses on Spring Mountain Road.

    The original called Chinatown Plaza (pictured above), which is anchored by a Ranch 99. The strip mall was conceived by Taiwanese American developer James Chih-Cheng Chen, and opened in 1995. It was profiled in a 2004 Wall Street Journal article which doesn’t seem to be publicly available on the Internet. 🙁

    Wikipedia offers an excellent write-up and Bonnie Tsui chooses it as one of five Chinatowns to focus on in her book, American Chinatown.

    The food is good, and a good value. We had all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for $18.99 + tax/tip at Motehr’s Korean Grill, and we pigged out at a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant for $15 each for a group of 8. The meal included banh mi sandwiches, beef pho, shrimp summer rolls, shrimp paste on sugar cane, bo lac lac, among others.

    The cab from the strip is not cheap: $14-$18, depending on where you are. But with a group, I think you stil come out ahead, and you have eaten better food.

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