China Star includes family recipes and homemade sauces
James Huang owns the China Star restaurants in Ogden and Bountiful. Amy Nicholson

China Star includes family recipes and homemade sauces

  • China Star
  • Address: 3798 Washington Blvd., Ogden
  • Phone: 801-621-1888
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday
  • chinastarogden.com.

James Huang, owner of China Star, may be new to Ogden, but he is no stranger to the restaurant business.

In 1999 Huang, a resident of Bountiful, moved to New York from a southern province of China and began working various jobs in restaurants that included training as both a sushi chef and a hibachi cook.

In 2009 he moved to Utah and opened a hibachi-style restaurant in Sandy, Fuji Steakhouse and Sushi, that he co-owns with a sibling.

About a year later, Huang saw that the China Star in Bountiful was for sale and decided to purchase it.

Although he kept many items on the menu the same, he implemented his own family recipes including eight homemade sauces.

In June this year, Huang expanded by opening a second China Star in Ogden. He hopes locals will try the food so he is offering a buy two entrees, get one free special.

The Ogden restaurant even provides delivery and an easy way to order online from its webpage.

The pao pao platter ($9.95) combines a sampling of several appetizers, including egg rolls, fantail shrimp, paper wrapped chicken, beef skewers and cream cheese wontons.

Lunch specials are served daily until 3 p.m. with egg drop or hot and sour soup, ham fried rice and choice of egg roll, crab rangoon or silver chicken. All meals come with a free trip to the salad bar.

Popular lunch specials are Szechuan chicken ($6.35) in a sweet and spicy sauce; cashew shrimp ($6.35); spicy pad Thai noodles ($5.75) with choice of barbecue pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, vegetables or combination; sweet and sour chicken ($6.35); and, string bean beef ($6.55).

Some chef’s specials include crispy half duck ($12.55), marinated, oven-baked and served with house sauce; hot pot ($11.75), a dish of shrimp, chicken and beef stir fried with vegetables; dragon and phoenix ($11.55), spicy jumbo shrimp and fried chicken; or walnut shrimp ($11.95) in a sweet sauce.

Later this month, Huang will add the sushi menu from his other two restaurants to the Ogden eatery, including favorite rolls such as dancing lobster ($11), spicy flavor tempered with mango and avocado; rose ($12) with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, crab, masago, scallion and avocado; and kiss of a spider woman ($12), a deep-fried roll with crab and avocado.

Ed Abel of Orem recently stopped in for lunch. He discovered the restaurant three weeks earlier while in the area for work and decided to return. “Everything I’ve tried has been great and the place is super clean,” he said. He plans to visit again.

Busy with managing, Huang hires chefs and trains them himself. He likes the vibe in Ogden and enjoys owning his own business.

“I like working hard and working for myself. I serve good quality and big portions with consistency,” he said.

  • China Star
  • Also at: 1171 S. 500 W. Suite B, Bountiful
  • Phone: 801-298-2266
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, until 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • chinastarbountiful.com