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Autumnal Eats in Chinatown London

Embrace the cooler weather this autumn and try these fantastically warm and comforting dishes in Chinatown.

As the autumn leaves start to turn from green to scarlet red, burnt orange and golden yellow, you know it’s time to bid a fond farewell to summer. Autumn is an auspicious time in China – it’s the time of the harvest and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Celebrate the new season’s arrival in Chinatown London with these five deliciously comforting dishes.

Penang Prawn Mee: C&R Café

Penang Prawn Mee

Simple and understated, C&R café is a treasure-trove of authentic Malaysian home-style dishes. A modest and cosy cafeteria setting, nestled in the passageway of Newport Court. The to-die-for Penang Prawn Mee from C&R is a hot and spicy noodle soup with a rich and vibrant prawn flavour created from a ton of prawn shells cooking in the stock. This fiery shrimp broth also conceals a number of tasty delights such as shredded pork, boiled egg, beansprouts and seasonal vegetables.

C&R Café, 4 Rupert Ct, London W1D 6DZ

Hot Pot: Shu Xiangge

Hot Pot

Gather round a large sizzling pot of hot broth at Shu Xiangge with your allocated six. Presented in the centre of each table, a cauldron simmers. Here customers can gather with their friends to cook their chosen ingredients – such as slice meats, fish, noodles and vegetables. Shu Xiangge offers a truly traditional hot pot experience, so if you’re up for it, it can get seriously spicy!

Shu Xiangge, 10 Gerrard Street, London

Pho Noodle Soup: Pho and Bun

Pho Noodle Soup

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a hearty bowl of Pho Noodle Soup as the days get darker and colder. Fresh rice noodles are submerged in a flavoursome steaming broth, carrying rich flavours of beef and a combination of delicious spices. Choose from a variety of meat and seafood options for that added depth of flavour.

Pho and Bun, 76 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6ND

Spicy Grilled Sea Bass in Chilli Oil: Jinli

Spicy Grilled Sea Bass in Chilli Oil

Notorious for their signature spicy Grilled Sea Bass in Chilli Oil, JinLi is at the heart of London’s Chinese Sichuan food scene. The seriously impressive grilled Sea Bass dish incorporates a crispy, flaky centrepiece of fish coated in dry chilli, oils and peppercorns. This Sichuan show-stopper is up there on the heat scale, providing all the heat you need on a cold autumn evening.

JinLi, 4 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL


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