Golden China Restaurant is a roadside American-Chinese joint in South Deerfield, MA. It serves up the American-Chinese greats like Beef and Broccoli, Cold Sesame Noodles and Chicken with Snow Peas, along with American fast-food like jumbo fried shrimp, fried chicken nuggets, fried chicken wings and french fries.
The Dumplings: The appetizers section of the Golden China Restaurant has Crab Rangoon, steamed or fried pork dumplings and steamed or fried chicken dumplings. The fried pork dumplings did not look that good when they arrived at my table, they appeared to have been deep fried to within an inch of their lives and looked like they had been flattened under a weight. However they turned out to be delicious, the meat was well seasoned and flavored with finely chopped ginger and scallion slivers and had slightly sweet and savory notes. And although the dumplings looked over fried, they did not taste of grease or burned wonton. Golden China Restaurant makes its dumplings in house, but the pork dumplings were so uniformly filled, wrapped and pleated I was initially fooled into thinking they were factory produced. If they could fix the presentation of the dumplings they would be excellent.
The Dipping Sauce: Golden China serves a sweetened soy based sauce that has a pretty good chili oil kick.
The Location: South Deerfield MA, is the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in the Pioneer Valley as you head North from Northampton to Vermont. South Deerfield is a one Stop sign town with a lot of farm land around it. Another spot to check out in South Deerfield is Wolfie’s Restaurant which has been family owned and operated for 40 years and is about 10 yards from Golden China Restaurant.