31 Mar Chinese restaurants that the Chinese would choose in Madrid
Neither spring rolls of “pochiverduras” nor rice are three delicacies flavor sneakers. What we want is to eat in a Chinese restaurant where we feel like misunderstood Westerners surrounded by the chopstick community. This is the perfect time for you, addicted w Anton, to catch up on our new update on the most authentic Chinese locals. Now that the mythical Chinese from the Plaza de España parking lot is going to leave us, you can go and dry your tears with these other 20. You will see how you don’t regret it. Try this one also baked talaba recipe.
The Happy Buddha: resurrection that tastes of glory
The Happy Buddha is a classic Chinese restaurant born in 1974 that underwent a metamorphosis not long ago, as we already told you about chopsticks and signs here, we love it. In the heart of Malasaña and two steps from Gran Vía, this place has been redressed with much more “instagrammable” air and with a different menu. Julio’s (Yong Ping) cuisine focuses on very street Chinese dishes, where you can try unpronounceable and delicious dishes, such as Chuang Yi kon Shui Ji – Sichuan spicy chicken cooked at low temperature served with peanut sauce, spring onions, sesame, and Pedro Xímenez – a long list of dim sum(prepared with homemade dough, stuffed with different ingredients and steamed to just the right point), the special Happy Buddha rolls – with bits of Chinese churros, pork loin, chives and noodles -, and other dishes charcoal grill, Chinese rice and pasta, vegetables and some tasting menu proposals. Among his desserts, we were blown away by the spicy chocolate cake and peanut ice cream.
Henao: Millennial Hot Pot Paradise in Chueca
We already told you here very recently about our experience at Hainao, a restaurant that, like many other true Chinese, focuses on the mythical tradition of the Chinese hot pot. Here individual induction plates are styled so that you can enjoy this dish all for yourself. Choose from 5 broths – beef, mushroom, tomato, Chongqing-style spicy, and Thai. From there you can choose between about 150 ingredients (maximum enjoyment madness), many of them made entirely by hand. try to put meatballs, dim sums, lotus flowers, Chinese vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, meat, fish, shellfish, and, just for those who ate broccoli at the table when they were little, all its variety of offal. Some of the sauces with which to accompany this revelry would be, for example, sesame, peanut, seafood, or spicy. Quite a challenge if you have never tried the hot pot.
Soy Kitchen: the return of the best dim sum in the capital
And here we have another Asian that we love: Soy Kitchen. A high-level kitchen with Chinese roots and a lot, a lot of fusion piloted by chef Jongping Zhang (or Julio, as he is called in the neighborhood), also responsible for the delicious ramen and Asian dishes of his cousin-brother De him Lamian. Creativity rises like wildfire in his kitchen where seeing him in action becomes a spectacle. His menu has around 30 dishes and they offer some tasting menus that vary depending on the season (the Soy Kitchen menu, the Julio, the Executive, or, during Chinese New Year, a more traditional special menu ). You can try delicious dishes such as their ceviche, their semi-raw red prawn, the Thai stew, or their incredible dim sum (signature), which boasts of being the best in Madrid.
The One: Hong Kong found its place in Madrid
2017 was the year in which The One established itself in the capital (and in the hearts of all fans of Chinese cuisine). Proposal? Authentic traditional Hong Kong cuisine, with a menu of well-prepared dishes (all, without exception, are made at the moment with fresh, top-quality ingredients) following Hong Kong recipes. Here they rack their brains always looking for the original flavor in each dish, and they divide their menu into starters (sweet corn soup and chicken or gabardine prawns with sesame sauce), poultry (different preparations with chicken and duck), section of calves(such as stir-fried beef slices with soy vermicelli and saté seafood sauce, or beef with homemade yellow curry), fish and seafood, rice and pasta dishes (stir-fried rice usually comes with the special technique of Dave Cheng, owner, and chef ) and desserts, such as Japanese pudding with ice cream… Yum!
Casa Lafu: the little brother of The Bund
They are called the house of spicy, so you can imagine the festival of flavor with the parade of avocados. At Casa Lafu you can find a menu that proposes a long list of Sichuanese cuisine specialties, dishes recommended by the chef, and Huo Guo (hot pot), a very famous traditional dish based on broth where vegetables, meats, and spices are cooked it stays warm with the stove they put on the table. In addition, stand-out dishes such as the death mushrooms with chili, the fried sea bass with leek, or the tofu rolls with vegetables. If you come here you will see that they do not lack a bit of authenticity.
Xiang Zili: eating tradition by the spoonful
People come to this small Chinese restaurant called Xiang Zili. Located very close to Gran Vía, to try their famous Guo Qiao Mi Xian. A typical dish from the Yun Nan province. Its literal translation is ‘noodle that crosses the bridge’ and it is a warm broth with a layer of oil on top that keeps it at a good temperature and that contains meat and vegetables separately. Its ritual begins with the arrival of a bowl of chicken broth (although you also have it with tomato or with the possibility of adding extra chicken meat, stewed beef, pig trotters, or ribs ) to your table. Along with 16 small plates with vegetables, nuts, and other ingredients that you have to add to the bowl one by one. The one with the raw quail egg is kept to smear the chicken fillets. Which will also be added later, leaving the noodles as the last step. Foodies of “gocherío” and good eating, this is your place!
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