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Chili King

Chili King is going through another change.

A new Chinese restaurant serving American Chinese food along with Hunan specialties most Americans wouldn't order, opened Saturday on Park Street.

Chili King, 602 S. Park St., has all the usual Chinese food served in the U.S., dishes like General Tso's chicken and kung pao chicken, with both also available with beef, shrimp or pork.

The menu also features fried rice and almost 20 types of soup. Adventurous eaters can also try Hunan specialties like beef stomach, fish head, sautéed frog, hot and spicy kidney, and braised pig feet.

Chili King is owned by the building's landlord, Jiang Jing Xun, who previously helped Thao Nuon open the Cambodian and Thai restaurant, Angkor Wat, which opened in October to mixed reviews and only lasted about three months.

Nuon injured his right hand in a car crash and said it was too hard for him to train others how to cook his food.

Xun owns the buildings that house many Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Those include the sushi restaurant Edo on Park Street, and the Chinese restaurant Ichiban, also on Park Street.

He also runs a couple of restaurants. Those include Soga and Osaka House across the street from each other on State Street. He also owns the building that houses Osaka House.

On the West Side, he owns the building that houses Nani on Grand Canyon Drive. His son Jing Xun "Justin" Jiang runs that one.

Jiang Jing Xun used to run Edo Garden and own the building on Monona Drive, but sold it.

"I don't need any more work," said Jiang Jing Xun, noting that he works 11-hour days.

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