Of course being Chinese, I love the food!! I’ve been lucky to have parents who are both excellent cooks. With Chinese New Year starting today for 15 days, this is one of the most important times where families celebrate with lots of food!!
In Leeds we lost Chinatown a number of years ago with my favourite restaurant Lucky Dragon, which was at the centre of it closing very suddenly!! I still remember the evening we were going for dinner to read the sign on the door saying it had closed with immediate effect and wouldn’t be re-opening.
Well since those days other Chinese restaurants have had to take the helm and show the way.
Places I go to instead for a good Chinese meal are Maxis just off Kirkstall Road, you can’t miss the Chinese Arch at the front of the building.
Oriental City Restaurant on Cross Stanford Street, which is joined to the huge Oriental Supermarket. There’s also Ho’s and Tong Palace which serves both Vietnamese and Chinese food on Vicar Lane. These tend to serve the more standard Westernised version of Chinese food with the odd regional special. If you want Dim Sum you can’t go far wrong with Maxis and Oriental, this is what I’ll be going for this weekend!! For those who favour the Szechuan style of Chinese cuisine then Red Chilli is the place for you, with some mega hot dishes and also very regional dishes that you don’t get at the other three. All are reasonably priced, serving a wide range of Chinese dishes.
Just writing this is making me salivate so I think I have a sneaky plate of dumplings right now!!
Happy Chinese New Year everyone !!