Chinese food has long been attached to the stigma of greasy, MSG laden takeaway best enjoyed out of those white boxes you always see in sitcoms and eaten on the floor with said sitcom playing and gross trackies adorning your bod. Well, we’re here to tell you that this is a big fat myth, and, Brisbane’s Chinese food scene has really upped its game. If you don’t believe us, try these Brisbane Chinese restaurants and see for yourself. Let’s just get this out of the way in advance… we told you so.
Without further ado, here they are: Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants.
Sichuan Bang Bang
Sichuan Bang Bang is fast taking over the Chinese food game in Brisbane. With locations in Kenmore, Wilston and Paddington, pretty much everyone can chow down here. Try the Kung Pao chicken for a serious hit, or the salt and pepper soft shell crab for something a little milder. The spare ribs are all kinds of amazing, too.
Madame Wu and their duck buns are kind of everything. If you haven’t tried them yet…what are you doing? Lift! The duck buns are a kind of a Brisbane institution, so get on it. The Tang Sui chicken ribs are also all kinds of amazing, and will make you question why you spent so long wasting time with those American ribs. Oh, and you guys, the wok fried Moreton Bay Bugs with XO sauce are actually better than sex.
Peng You is your go-to spot for dim-sum. If you’re vego—or just have great taste—the steamed tofu pastry parcels will rock your world, likewise with the salt and pepper octopus tentacles (for the not-so vegos). A special shout-out goes to the bamboo leaf-wrapped sticky rice parcels too for their deliciousness alone. If you’re a little more adventurous the steamed chicken feet are also a must eat.
When Happy Boy popped up in Spring Hill we didn’t quite know what hit us. The fragrant fish eggplant is up there with one our favourite dishes ever. The fried rice will make you unsatisfied with any other fried rice that dares to cross your lips. If you’re on the hunt for the best Chinese restaurants in Brisbane, this happy little lad should be top of your list. Bonus tip: this place is ideal for groups and does a great banquet, and has a cracking wine list.
As the name implies, Fat Dumpling does a seriously fat, juicy dumpling. Just like mama makes them. Try the chicken and asparagus dumplings for something a little different or stick to the classics and go for the pork xiao long bao. But, whatever you do, order the broccoli salad. You just have to.
Dumplings, dumplings and more dumplings. New Shanghai’s dumplings are authentic as they come, and, they’re served up in a setting that feels so authentically Chinese. With cobbled floors, lashings of red and a voyeuristic window into the kitchen, where you can watch your dumplings being made fresh and then delivered straight to your desk.
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