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Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking Restaurant Review: Tucked away in an almost hidden strip shopping center in Hoover, an upscale Birmingham suburb, Mr. Chen’s offers more than the typical Americanized Chinese fare. Adventurous eaters can find spicy sliced pork ears, stir-fried anchovy with peanuts, and beef tripe in satay sauce. But diners seeking familiar flavors can certainly stick to standards such as cashew chicken, shrimp fried rice or kung pao beef and be satisfied in finding a better-than-average version of the dish with fresher ingredients. The best plan is to go with a group and feast on an array of food. We recommend shredded chicken with cilantro, seafood clay pot, Taiwanese-style braised pork, sautéed sweet pea leaves and beef in black bean sauce. A small selection of beer is available, but the real bonus is the long list of hot and cold tea drinks, some sweet enough to be suitable as dessert. There’s tapioca milk Thai tea, passion fruit slush and a peach flower tea.