The Best Secret Chinese Restaurant in Chicago

Henry Cai, the owner of 3 Little Pigs Chi in Chicago, has no signs, no sit-down, and takes orders over Instagram DMs for his BBQ Chinese and fried chicken.

He preps his meals in a 200-square-foot shared kitchen area, yet has people taking a trip for hours out of state to get a taste of his menu.

Cai informs how he discovered to prepare without any experience, how he sees success, and how he prepares to develop Chinese American .

Although Cai might attribute his company as an "unintentional success," it's clear that people on social media and composing blog sites will say differently. We can verify his salt and pepper chicken sandwich, 3LP fried rice, and smoked BBQ pork aren't being searched for by possibility.

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  1. So cool! You gotta startup somehow, and I like that Idea and personal touch for the customers too. Good looking menu! When 3 little pigs has a restaurant in Chicago in a few years I will go visit and eat some 🥰

  2. This guy is so awesome, love when chefs are personable and want to be a part of the community and show love to their customers, wishing him all the success in the world!

  3. Generational cooking techniques are disappearing much respect for this man for taking the torch from his father.

  4. We need more of this in the world, from the owner to the food it’s just amazing all around.

  5. Living in the Midwest I gotta check him out he seems so genuine and very passionate love it

  6. If I lived in Chicago or, frankly, anywhere in Chicagoland, I would be ordering food from this guy. Not only does the food that he’s making look delicious but it strikes a chord with me. It looks Cantonese and Chinese-American all rolled into one. Plus, I’d want to support a guy with his story. When he said he’s carrying on his dad’s legacy with his char siu marinade, that was a powerful moment. I can only wish Chef Henry the best.

  7. Used to work with this guy. One of the most genuine people you’d meet who is not afraid to say it how it is. It’s rare to meet someone who is so unashamedly themself. Big respect. Keep killing it, Henry, You deserve all the success and hype.

  8. 3 little pigs chi catered my wedding and the food really is amazing. We’re saving the brown bag with the personalized note forever

    1. Wow, that’s amazing! Thanks for sharing, and I am glad you’ve saved the bag haha

  9. WHAT?! He said he never work in a restaurant before! Wow! For someone who never work in a restaurant but he really got the skills as if he had lots of experiences. I wish him great success.

    1. All it takes is passion, dedication and technique. Honestly, culinary school and work experience are very important but aren’t 100% a must.

    2. Anybody can be a great cook. You don’t need restaurant experience to put out great food. Would it help with the logistics of running a business? Absolutely, but at the end of the day, if the food is great, people will pay to have it.

    3. @Znapaznarf yes u are right. is a matter whether u want to do it or not. we cannot be LAZY! cause if we are lazy then how are we going to gain success?!. am i right?.

  10. Thanks #Munchies. Another great rags-to-(soon)riches story. Henry is the American dream going from nothing but knowledge and determination to make a career and bring happiness to his customers.

  11. wishing you nothing but success, happiness, and good health Henry. keep going, one day you’ll make it big and have a chain of restaurants!

  12. Went to college with him can’t believe he has a restaurant now. Congratulations respect

  13. A lot of these features show how humble and close to their food the best chefs are, but for him it’s on a whole different level, and it’s so clear the love is there. This place is like. Perfect 5 star on Google with hundreds of reviews.

  14. I’m 100% gonna order some food from this dude. I watch a ton of amazing food videos on YouTube, but this guy is such a good dude that I just gotta try it out & support the movement

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  15. This guy is literally the definition of the American Dream and then some, hope to see his success grow!!!

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  16. There’s no place like Chicago and all the food here is amazing, we are blessed to have everything from a to z, thanks for blessing us Henry!

  17. This Kinda reminds of a time I was in downtown Dallas and some of the locals where telling me about a hidden underground Mexican restaurant.

    We eventually found it and the owners where the most nicest people we’ve met since we where there and the food was awesome also supposedly there was a secret underground shopping mall in the area but we didn’t have time to explore.

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  18. His food is absolutely delicious and the char siu is honestly the best I’ve ever had. Glad to see him getting the recognition he deserves!!!

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