Chinese New Year is in sight, guys, which means you’ve got the perfect excuse to explore the wonderful and varied world of Chinese food that Brisbane has to offer. Say goodbye to MSG-laden quick dinners from your local joint, we promise there are no plastic containers where we’re going (not that there isn’t a fond place in everyone’s heart for a serving of fried rice and hefty serving of prawn crackers). Gather up the squad and make sure you’ve got Google maps ready, because we’ve rounded up the best Chinese dishes in Brisbane for your tasting pleasure.
Fish Slice Drowned In Sichuan Chilli Broth | Happy Boy
Spice lovers, this dish was made for you. Happy Boy has cranked the heat up to the max in this explosively flavourful dish. Featuring a range of regional-style Chinese dishes, with a fair share of Sichuan flavour sprinkled throughout the menu, Happy Boy is a must-visit for any self-respecting Brisbane resident. This Spring Hill favourite also offers beauties like crispy bao sliders with slow-cooked pork belly and beef brisket stew with noodle knots, so you don’t have to be a fan of spice to sample a few soon-to-be new favourites. Their wine list is a killer, too.
Lamb And Leek Dumplings | New Shanghai
Queens Plaza, Brisbane CBD
The lamb and leek dumplings from New Shanghai, located in Queens Plaza, are to-die-for. Seriously, if we were offered a choice between life and getting to eat these dumplings, the dumplings would win every time. Flawlessly tender, with just the right amount of spiced-lamb goodness, these little bundles of heaven are perfect for both the dumpling newbie and veteran alike. Be right back, we have to go satisfy our craving now. See you there?
Beef Cheeks Braised In Rock Sugar And Soy | Madame Wu
Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
Madame Wu, tucked comfortably into Eagle Street Pier in the Brisbane CBD, can do no wrong when it comes to churning out flavour-packed modern Asian fare. But these tender beef cheeks, braised in rock sugar and soy with a black bean and chilli sauce, are a whole new level of awesome. Think the mouth-watering texture of pulled pork with the perfect amount of smoked and spicy flavours, contained in one perfect dish. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of our collective stomachs grumbling.
Hong Kong Style Roast Duck | Peng You
Featuring an exposed brick façade and giant red lanterns, Newstead’s Peng You is not your regular ol’ takeaway spot. Offering tastes like the beef shin hot pot, a rich meal served with potato and carrots, and tempura eggplant with Sichuan pork mince, Peng You delivers classic Chinese cuisine with a very tasty twist. Our go-to order? The crispy-skinned Hong Kong-style roast duck, dressed in light soy sauce and served with a perfectly sweet plum sauce. Dinner plans are definitely sorted.
Hainan Chicken | Fat Noodle
Treasury Casino, Brisbane CBD
While Fat Noodle is probably better known among Brisbane’s noodle-soup aficionados as the place to get some killer soup combinations, this hidden treasure (get it, because it’s located inside the Treasury Casino) also offers such beauties as the Hainan chicken—expertly cooked chicken thigh topped with a ginger and green shallot salsa over fragrant rice. Another crowd favourite is the chargrilled Korean-style BBQ pork with kimchi salad, a dish that will surely slake any appetite.
King Prawns In Chinese Wine Sauce | China Sea Milton
China Sea Milton is one of Milton’s best kept secrets for a very good reason. An extensive menu offers everything from Cantonese style Moreton Bay Bugs to Hong Kong style fillet steak. Our favourite is the king prawns in Chinese wine sauce—you just can’t go past a good Chinese-style prawn dish to brighten up the day, and China Sea Milton certainly delivers.
Spare Ribs In Sweet And Sour Sauce | Superbowl
Long regarded by as the ideal pit-stop before a big night out in Fortitude Valley, Superbowl Chinese Restaurant and Noodle Bar is the place to be if you’re looking for hearty, authentic Chinese fare at stellar prices. Make sure you bless your taste buds with the heavenliness that is the spare ribs in sweet and sour sauce or treat yo’ self to the Peking-style shredded beef. Your stomach will thank you later, and your wallet.
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao | Dumpling Republic
Wintergarden, Brisbane CBD
Ah, xiao long bao (otherwise known as soup dumpling), your delicious pockets of liquid goodness have won the hearts of thousands of foodies around the world. If you’ve never had xiao long bao before, you just ain’t living. Get yourself down to Dumpling Republic, located on the top floor of the Wintergarden in the CBD, to experience the most fluffy, tender soup dumplings you’ll ever taste. You’re welcome, friends.
Can’t get enough of Chinese food? Check out our recommendations on the fanciest Chinese restaurants in Brisbane here.
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