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Chinese food in Liverpool

Theresa | Mar 28, 201506:35 AM

I have recently started a couple of threads about specific areas of Liverpool, which I thought would help people looking for info, and add to the discussions. I think that Chinese food also deserves a thread of its own, so here you are.

There are Chinese restaurants all over the city, but most serve pretty average Cantonese fare. China Town is also over-supplied with these kind of places, but there are a few good ones. China Town sits next to and overlaps with the Rope Walks area. Here are some places worth a mention:

Chilli Chilli, Nelson St
The main menu is uninspiring, but the Sichuan food is pretty good. My favourites include the beef hotpot (sometimes called water cooked beef or something similar in other places); green beans with minced pork: twice cooked pork: minced pork dumplings; cold chicken in chilli oil; lamb chops; cumin lamb; Malaysian morning glory and many moree slightly less reliable than they were - it seems that it depends on which chef is on that night. It might also be that they have started to tone down the heat in the hotpot, which used to be outrageously hot - sometimes too hot for me - but on some occasions it has been toned down too much.

Yuet ben, Upper Duke St
This place is an institution, and it is consistently good. They have only a short menu, but the dishes are very different to bog standard Cantonese stuff. It feels like going home when we eat there, and it's hard not to pick the same things every time. And they have really nice chilli oil with a lovely toasted flavour.

Mabo, Nelson St
This is a rough and ready cafe, which specialises in noodle soups and roast meats. It's not perfect, but it has a loyal following. My favourite things to order are roast duck and rice (always comes with Chinese greens of some sort); a plate of cold char su pork or mixed meats; a noodle soup of any kind. No real licence, but they do sell Chinese beer. They used to let you bring your own alcohol - they probably still do, but it's worth checking.

Mei Mei, Berry St
A posher than average place, which is enormous and has an enormous menu, but manages to do it quite well - it's one of the better Cantonese restaurants.

Mr Chilli, Seel St
We had a bad meal the first time we went, but a much better one recently. It has a big dining room, which was buzzing with Chinese students. We had the double cooked pork, which was the best I have had; cumin lamb, which was very good too - the meat was slightly crisp at the edges and there were more chilli seeds than usual, which gave it a bit of a kick - but not too fierce; and broccoli with garlic - the perfect thing to have with the meat dishes - clean and plain and crunchy. We will return to check more of the menu out. The first time we went we had the mixed meat hotpot, which we didn't enjoy - it was very watery, and at the same time very hot with chilli - it had no depth of flavour. Many of the students were sharing huge Chinese "fondues" - steaming pots of stuff, with raw meat and fish to cook it in. I didn't check the menu for what it's called - but it was very popular. I think the dish I love at Chilli Chilli (mentioned above) might be called "hot and numbing beef" at Mr Chilli - it will be next on my list.

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