This weekend is Birmingham’s annual Chinese New Year celebration - one of the city’s biggest and most exciting events, attracting around 30,000 visitors each year! Three full days of festivities, based predominantly in Birmingham’s popular Chinese Quarter, will mark the official start of the Year of the Rat on Sunday 26th January. Whether you’re wanting to fuel up ahead of the party or are looking forward to experiencing the unbeatable atmosphere of Chinese New Year in Birmingham with your family, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 places to go to for a Chinese feast to remember.
Having been awarded “Restaurant of the Year 2019” at the Birmingham Awards, family-run Chung Ying is a Brummie favourite and renowned across the Midlands for being one of the buzziest restaurants in the city. Conveniently situated just a stone’s throw from the Arcadian Centre and the Hippodrome theatre, Chung Ying is the beating heart of Chinatown. Offering a huge variety of dishes, some more “weird and wonderful” than others, the restaurant is extremely popular with the local Chinese community which is testament to the authenticity of their premium Chinese cuisine. A definite must-visit!
Wing Wah is simply a Chinatown institution! As soon as customers step from city centre street into Wing Wah’s striking red pagoda-style building, they are transported to a magical, movie-set-worthy world of supremely talented master chefs, stylishly authentic Oriental decor, and mouthwatering cuisine.
Wing Wah showcases the ultimate in Chinese food and celebrates China’s diverse food heritage too. Most famous for their decadent dim sum, Wing Wah prides itself on sourcing hand-picked ingredients direct from China, bringing a taste of home to Birmingham’s Chinese community.
Ming Moon is one of the largest all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurants in Birmingham, complete with private dining facilities and karaoke! Vibrant, relaxed and ultra-modern, Ming Moon is a Chinatown hotspot that guarantees a good time. Live cooking in open kitchens puts the customer at the heart of Ming Moon’s dining experience. No booking is required, the welcome is always warm and the food is always fresh and hot so it would almost be rude not to make the most of Ming Moon’s famous chocolate fountain!
Henry Wong has been a mainstay of trendy Harborne’s culinary scene for upwards of 30 years. Well worth the jaunt, Henry Wong is not just any fine dining restaurant, but an unmissable treat for lovers of Cantonese cuisine.
Alongside classic Chinese comfort food, Executive Chef, Ricky Wu, has designed a selection of signature dishes to tempt your tastebuds, all set in a stylish surroundings. All washed wdown with a glass of Laurent Perrier.
The Year of the Rat will see Tattu transform its interior with the installation of traditional red paper lanterns amongst the captivating cherry blossoms. The first of the 12 zodiac signs, the rat is a symbol of wisdom and marks the start of a new cycle in the Chinese calendar.
To mark the occasion, Tattu has introduced a number of special dishes which take inspiration from traditional new year’s feasting. This year’s bespoke dishes include Chinese Barbecue Chicken with chipotle, sweet soy and picked cucumber (£17) and Red Pepper Lamb Cutlets with Chinese five spice butter and sesame (£25).
Guests will also be able to raise a glass to the celebrations with a limited-edition cocktail – the delicious Lucky Shui (£11). A Tattu inspired white lady made with gin, homemade Chinese vermouth and lemon.
Posted by Ahmed Ahmed