Eating & Drinking in Chinatown London this CNY
Best for traditional CNY dishes
- It is believed that the more dumplings you eat during LNY, the more money you will make that year! Chow down some delicious dumplings at Dumplings’ Legend, Tao Tao Ju or Orient London – the perfect dish to share!
- Kung Fu Noodle is the first live hand-pulled noodle concept within Chinatown London. Serving up traditional hearty favourites, it’s the perfect spot if you’re craving a big, comforting bowl of noodles
- Celebrate at Rasa Sayang with Singaporean Yu Sheng salad – the symbolic sharing dish that’s said to bring longevity, peace and prosperity – best enjoyed with loved ones.
- Fish is traditionally the centrepiece of the table and eaten across Chinatown London during the festivities, fish symbolises an increase in prosperity. JinLi serves a delectable whole steamed seabass with ginger, spring onions and black bean sauce.
- In Chinese culture, lobsters are thought to resemble dragons, which are a significant symbol during the festivities. When cooked, they turn red which is known as the colour of luck. Savour fresh steamed lobster at Lotus Garden and lobster with chilli sauce at Haozhan.
Best for groups
- Pochawa Grill transports you to the traditional street food vendors in Korea combined with the atmosphere of signature Korean pubs.
- Shu Xiangge specialises in traditional Hot Pot – a bubbling broth in which you cook your ingredients. Get the gang together and gather round to enjoy this hands-on dining experience.
- Japanese BBQ hot spot High Yaki, specialises in yakitori, yakiniku, and dry-aged wagyu. Diners can choose from a menu of ready-to-grill meats and seafood like their 10-piece sashimi omakase or a ‘staircase’ of ready to BBQ chef chosen meats.
Best for solo dining
- Zhang Liang Malatang is a ‘serve yourself’, Sichuan restaurant with malatang soup as the base (Malatang quite literally translates as ‘hot, spicy soup)’ and is a popular dish in China. The ideal place to grab a stool and slurp up!
- Bun House is, you guessed it, the perfect place to pick up a steamed bun. Grab a seat in one of the eatery’s cosy corners and enjoy classic Cantonese buns with a pot of tea for one.
- If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese street food, look no further than Viet Food. Sit yourself down at one of the high-top window tables and savour delicious flavours as you people watch.
Best for Vegetarians / Vegans
- Speedboat Bar offers a vegan menu on request as well as a selection of meat free dishes including sweetcorn fritters, Ash melon and eggplant curry and Stem greens & chestnut mushrooms with soybean sauce.
- The vegetarian options at Plum Valley come in abundance and the quality of the food is second to none. From mock meat dishes to vegetarian dumplings – flavour is uncompromised at this modern Cantonese fusion restaurant.
- C&R Cafe is a top spot for Malaysian eats in Chinatown and the menu showcases numerous veggie-friendly dishes.
- Bubblewrap is a deliciously decadent dessert shop serving egg-shaped waffles piled high with lashings of tasty toppings. Bubblewrap offers vegan waffles and a selection of vegan ice cream flavours.
Best for grab and go!
- For a quick bite, head to Chinatown’s very own piazza, Newport Place, where visitors can sit and enjoy authentic street food such as Jianbing (traditional Chinese crepes) from Chinese Tapas House.
- Wing Wing specialises in the elite combination of ultra-crispy chicken wings, sides and ice-cold beer to match.
- With the kids? Chinatown London’s famous ‘Dessert Alley’ is heaven for the little ones with a selection of sweet treats to seek out along Newport Court. Stop by Cuppacha to enjoy vibrant bubble teas and Filipino bakery Mamasons for their epic toasted ice-cream sandwiches and seasonal flavours.
- Pick up freshly baked delights from one of Chinatown’s much-loved Cantonese bakeries. Chinatown Bakery offers a limitless selection of sweet and savoury bakes!.
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