In the age-old game of ‘what do you want to eat,’ the typical answer is ‘I don’t know.’ Only on the rare occasion could your fellow teammate throw you by playing the card of decisiveness and yell ‘CHINESE!’ But as the old saying goes – you dim sum, you lose some.
We have compiled a list of Brisbane’s best Chinese eateries that are full of flavour and promise that you’ll never want to let gyoza of your dish.
Happy Boy | Spring Hill
We dare say you’ll be a happy boy (or girl) after visiting this joint. (Sorry, that was too easy.) What isn’t easy are the dishes that Happy Boy whip up. Everything is cooked with the utmost care – from salt and pepper quail eggs to gong bao chicken, you will be presented with perfection. We know you’ll be happy with that.
Super Bowl | Fortitude Valley
To say that you’ll be tempted to start with dessert is an understatement. Deep fried ice cream anyone?! Super Bowl has everything bar a half-time show. From side dishes to banquets, you’ll find what you’re looking for. If you still can’t decide, we suggest the roast duck laksa. You’ll be wonton more.
Sichuan Bang Bang | Paddington, Kenmore & Wilston
Wok (or drive) on down to Sichuan Bang Bang for Chinese cuisine with a modern twist. We’re drooling over the Mongolian lamb ribs with chilli, ginger, sesame and the eternally controversial coriander. For all you legendary Rick and Morty fans – yes, Sichuan is an alternate way of spelling Szechuan, and yes, they have Sichuan/Szechuan sauce. It won’t take you nine more seasons to get that dipping sauce, Morty.
Little Red Dumpling | West End
I wonder what these guys serve on the regular? Dumplings, perhaps? Seriously though, if you want the best handmade dumplings, hit up Little Red Dumpling! They’ve got dumplings to suit anyone, from vegetarians to carnivores. That’s the way it’s gonna be, little dumplin’.
The Little Cube | Sunnybank
Udon even know how good this little place is. The Little Cube is big on spice and traditional flavours! Step outside of your comfort zone with the sliced ox-tripe and tongue, or take it back to the classics with bean noodles in chilli sauce. Be there or be square.
Fat Dumpling | Fortitude Valley
Poached, steamed or pan-fried? Fat Dumpling has a LOT of options, with some funky little flavour combinations and additions that stray beyond your typical dumpling house menu. Lose yourself in the chicken asparagus pan fried dumplings and top it all off with peach spring rolls and vanilla bean ice cream (yes, dessert spring rolls!).
Peng You | Newstead
Peng You is big on big dishes. If you’re really hungry or just want leftovers for the next day (or two), get any of the main meals on offer and you’ll be both set and satisfied. We recommend the roast duck curry or the whole baby barramundi that’s wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf. Thank you, Peng You!
CBF leaving the house but still really need your Chinese food fix? Bring an authentic China Town experience home with Sharwoods and inhale your creation without any judgement at all. It’s a win-win.
Words by Nicole Portacha