Last weekend was Chinese New Year and what better way to celebrate the Year of the Sheep than tucking into a delicious meal in Chinatown?
With beautiful decorations, lots of dining options – including Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants – and even a lifesize panda in the streets, me and my boyfriend Ali thought it would be a great idea to experience our first Chinatown meal.
One place that we stumbled across and couldn’t recommend more was Leong’s Legend on Macclesfield St. With queues forming outside the door, diners had to knock on the wooden door to be let in (very mysterious I know). After knocking on the door, we were greeted and taken to a wooden table in a quiet corner with a small partition for privacy. After glancing at the menu, we ordered a ¼ duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce (classic), sticky rice with shredded beef, pork dim sum and kung pao chicken.
Our food arrived at the same time which was great for us to dip in and out of dishes. The sticky rice with shredded beef was beautifully presented and tasted very sweet, however it was a tad small portion-wise. When our duck arrived the waiter kindly cut it up for us, something which we weren’t expecting but was lovely service nonetheless. One dish which I was eager to try was dim sum. We decided to go for the pork bun – pork belly in a peanut butter sauce – which was really sweet and delicious.
On our way home we stopped off at the famous Kowloon Bakery on Gerrard St to sample some Chinese treats – and of course to grab a fortune cookie! We opted for a coconut bun (a coconut flavoured muffin with a cherry on top), a mooncake (with a red bean paste filling) and a nuomici (a glutinous rice ball with dried coconut shavings on the outside).
My favourite dessert was the coconut bun which had a hard pastry case and a soft coconut flavoured muffin filling. I wasn’t too keen on the nuomici due to the texture, but each to their own! It was a lovely end to our first dining experience in Chinatown and I cannot wait to try out new places the next time I go there!
How did you spend Chinese New Year?