With Spring and its promise of long evenings and bank holidays seeming a lifetime away, Chinese New Year is a magical time and a great excuse for a celebratory meal out. In 2017, “The Year of the Rooster” will be celebrated on 28th January with parades and parties around the country including Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue. Stay in a nearby Travelodge to join in all the celebrations.
Mamalan serves authentic, handmade dumplings, noodle soups and street snacks. Its roots are in Beijing street food (Beijing native Ning Ma used to help her family at a dumpling and snack stall) and there are now six London sites serving the street food of her youth. Crispy chicken toasted buns and a fried tofu & Chinese mushroom noodle soup sit alongside traditional Beijing style skewers. You can also try a dumpling class for £35. Restaurants in Clapham, Dalston, Shoreditch, Stratford, Brixton and Croydon.
Royal China, near Queensway is perfect for Dim Sum in a lively environment. This founder branch is frequented by the local Chinese community who agree that the Dim Sum here surpasses those even found in Hong Kong.
For a great budget meal away from Central London head to Brick Lane for an authentic taste of Sichuan cuisine. The brave might like to try the pig’s trotters or cold sliced offal. Slightly scary but utterly delicious!
For a meal right in the heart of Chinatown visit Wong Kei, famous for its Cantonese BBQ meat. This four storey restaurant is not for the faint hearted and definitely not the place to go for a relaxing meal out! Even so, on Chinese New Year it should be full of cheer and is definitely right in the heart of things.
Silk Road in Camberwell is a canteen-style restaurant known for its great value eats and excellent ratings on TripAdvisor. With its buzzing atmosphere, this is a no-frills type of place that serves authentic Chinese cuisine and is popular with foodies.