Chinese New Year: 6 of the best restaurants to celebrate

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From noodles to dim sum, Birmingham’s Chinese restaurants offer the very best when it comes to a feast fit for the New Year

Chinese New Year is upon us, and while many in-person celebrations have been put on hold across the city due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to enter the Lunar New year.

Birmingham is brimming with some truly wonderful Chinese restaurants, bringing delicious flavours and culture of Chinese food right into the heart of the second city. So what better way could there be to celebrate the Year of the Tiger, which is officially on Tuesday February 1, than with a delicious feast?

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Whether you’re in the mood for dim sum, comforting rice dishes or stylish sharing plates, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Here are six of the best restaurants to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Chung Ying Cantonese

Chung Ying is celebrating its 40th birthday this yearChung Ying is celebrating its 40th birthday this year
Chung Ying is celebrating its 40th birthday this year | Bite Your Brum / Instagram

Chung Ying is an incredibly popular spot in Birmingham when it comes to Chinese cuisine.

With a prime location in China Town, here, you can enjoy a host of delicious food with your family and friends to either dine-in or takeaway.

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As well as offering up Dim Sum, the menu here also features prime choices including a whole roast duck - perfect for sharing!

2022 is also incredibly special for Chung Ying as the restaurant is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Special limited edition t-shirts have been released ahead of the big birthday, with all proceeds going to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity.

Dezhou Braised Chicken

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Dezhou Braised Chicken celebrates the food of North-East China | Bite Your Brum / Instagram

Next up in China Town is Dezhou Braised Chicken, which you’ll find tucked away in Arcadian.

Dezhou’s menu celebrates the food of North-East China, with dishes accompanied by noodles which are handmade in the restaurant.

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With incredible portions and prices that won’t break the bank, this spot offers tasty Chinese food that’s absolutely packed with flavour.

Ken Ho Restaurant

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Ken Ho Restaurant is famed for its truly scrumptious Dim Sum.

From dumpings and soups, to noodles, shredded meats and rice dishes, there are plenty of tasty options on the menu for your and your fellow diners to enjoy the ultimate feast!

Blow Water

Blow Water’s Chinese New Year Menu features Shanghainese pan-fried rice cake (pictured)Blow Water’s Chinese New Year Menu features Shanghainese pan-fried rice cake (pictured)
Blow Water’s Chinese New Year Menu features Shanghainese pan-fried rice cake (pictured) | Blow Water / Instagram

If you fancy taking a little trip out to King's Heath, you'll find Blow Water, which is currently a pop-up resident in The Juke.

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With a menu inspired by childhood memories of Hong Kong, Blow Water creates beautiful, colourful dishes from braised rice and dumplings to teriyaki tofo bowls.

Of course, the pop-up has designed its own special menu to ring in the New Year - and it sounds fantastic!

There are five things to choose from priced between £3.50 to £10, including a Blow personal favourite, Shanghainese pan-fried rice cake.

Look In

With a high rating on Trip Advisor, Look In in China Town is another restaurant that could be the perfect spot for celebrating Chinese New Year, or any occasion, for that matter.

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If roast meats are what you’re after, then this is the place for it, but there’s also a great selection of vegetarian dishes to choose from too.

Browsing through the menu you’ll also find a range of soups, side dishes, fried rice dishes and plenty more to create a mouthwatering meal for everyone to enjoy.

Tattu Birmingham

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Decadent dining at Tattu in Birmingham city centre | Prepared PR

Tattu opened up its Birmingham location a few years ago, and it’s since become one of the trendiest places to dine in the city.

While the menu is a lot more elaborate in the way it’s presented and served, at its heart, it’s still inspired by the traditional flavours of China with a contemporary twist.

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When it comes to Chinese New Year, Tattu is going all out with a specially designed menu which will be available at the Birmingham restaurant from Tuesday 1 until Thursday 10 February.

You’ll sit under Chinese lanterns as you tuck into a delicious cocktail and dessert which truly celebrate the Year of the Tiger. And, if you dine on Thursday, February 3, you’ll also have entertainment from lion dancers, who will be bringing good luck to your New Year.

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