Because of my love of Chinese Cuisine – I love Chinatown. It’s the home to the majority of Manchester’s Chinese community and its vibrant and colourful.
I used to pass through Chinatown during my time at the local University, whilst I studied for my HND in I.T, and occasionally popped in to a pastry shop. I can say without fear of contradiction – The smells are Heavenly.
During Chinese New Year, the streets of Chinatown are buzzing with excitement as the Chinese community celebrate a new year of the Chinese horoscope and a Good Luck Dragon parades around the streets.
The popularity of Manchester’s Chinatown was brought to my attention on a family holiday to Cyprus…when asked where we lived – astonished – the waiter acclaimed “And you’ve come here…for Chinese Food ?!?”
He wasn’t wrong.
During a recent visit to a Chinese restaurant in town – We passed the Oriental Gate and enjoyed a meal at the New Oriental. There were over 200 dishes on the menu – everything from soups and rice dishes to meat and fish
I enjoyed the barbecued beef and pork – cooked in oriental spices and served in a luscious sticky sauce. You could eat it with noodles or with pancakes – I plumped for both (and it was delicious!). The Dim sum was equally delicious – you could fill up on the number of dishes they had out on show in that part alone.