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Best of Canberra – Chinese

Bec Cuzzillo 26 August 2015 45

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Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.

It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s best Chinese. Whether you’re into something sizzling or prefer it sweet and sour, maybe you enjoy takeaway or like to dine-in – no matter which way you go, I want to know where you go for a good Chinese feed in Canberra.

To vote, let me know your favourite Chinese restaurant in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and let you know the verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.


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rubaiyat 7:53 pm 29 Aug 15

[quote comment="553453"]Ginseng at the Hellenic Club is really good.[/quote]

Ginseng in the Hellenic Club was so over the top salty the last couple of times I tried them (in case once was just that night) that I gave up on them.

Off to try Tang Dynasty tomorrow for the girlfriend-in-law's birthday. Let you know how it goes. :)

astrojax 3:11 am 29 Aug 15

and an un-vote for jimmy's - tried it on recommendations from this thread but was singularly unimpressed. bland, basically. tak kee would have been the better option, as usual...

beckyandboo 2:01 pm 28 Aug 15

Red Chilli on Alinga St: a menu of many authentic Sichuan dishes. It's always full of Chinese people of an evening.

CBD Dumpling House/Dickson Dumpling House also have good handmade noodles and hot pot options.

Crazed_Loner 1:11 am 28 Aug 15

[quote comment="553611"]- China Plate in Kingston for great service and reasonable prices. Favourite dishes are the whole sole Hong Kong style and the fried eggplant.

- Sammy's and Timmy's in Civic and Manuka. Favourite dish is the Shantung chicken.[/quote]

I was crestfallen when China Plate closed in Civic, after experiencing a particularly memorable meal there, but overjoyed when I discovered they'd re-opened in Kingston. I can vouch for the fried eggplant chips and also the wasabi beef. Not a big menu but beautifully cooked.

Also love Sammy's Shantung Chicken - hard for me to go past and the standard by which I judge all others, and none has equalled it so far.

Haven't been to the reopened Tang Dynasty, a favourite in a previous lifetime, but I crave their Mermaid's Tresses if they're anything like they were previously.

frankie 8:48 pm 27 Aug 15

[quote comment="553606"]It's hard to go past the Civic Dumpling House. It's fast, tasty and relatively cheap. All its dishes would pass muster in Hong Kong.[/quote]

+1. Nice atmosphere *and* good food. See, people? It is possible.

The servings are also large. My partner and I just order a main and a side, and that usually fills us up.

Their pumpkin and prawn dumplings are the best in the universe, 11/10!

gooterz 8:46 pm 27 Aug 15

I tend to like a mix, each has their own good dishes.

Happy's / Sammy's are always a hit for groups.

Didn't mind nobel palace before they changed. Tried to get take away from there but its buffet.

As for my regular place I wont tell you as I don't want them to get busy and put their prices up.

The one at ANU is pretty good too.

reiant 8:22 pm 27 Aug 15

Our dumpling go to is Spicy Ginger, they are made and cooked traditionally. Their runner beans are amazing for such a simple dish...always order more then one bowl to go with our dumplings.

We love our chilli beef, and we always get the best from Fortune Cookie in Melba. Great service, well-priced, never pretentious like other resturants in the city and the food is always wonderful.

creative_canberran 6:34 pm 27 Aug 15

[quote comment="553605"][quote comment="553562"][quote comment="553473"]Oriental Terrace at Erindale has nice Chinese food.[/quote]

Stopped going there years ago after the kids took over from the parents.

They were prosecuted under the Food Act, their name was recently removed from the ACT register after the normal name and shame period http://www.health.act.gov.au/public-information/businesses/food-safety-regulation/register-food-offences

[quote comment="553538"]

If you want something closer to authentic, Spicy Ginger near UniLodge used to be the place to go. They were the closest thing to authentic Chinese food I've had since returning from China. I haven't been there in a few years though, so they may have changed.[/quote]

Click the link above and you'll find they were prosecuted for 4 offences under the Food Act dating back to 2011. Was reported a number of times in the Canberra Times, pics and all.[/quote]

Also reported in the Canberra Times was the plight of the new owner, who was struggling with the stigma of the prosecution, despite having done major upgrades since purchasing is. So don't be so quick to judge.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-cafe-owners-struggling-to-recover-from-stigma-of-court-case-20141210-1242wh.html[/quote]

Do the crime, do the time. They were found guilty by a court of law.

jgsma 5:33 pm 27 Aug 15

Happys - downstairs in Garema Place; Jimmy's at Dickson are my choices.

Starrie 5:08 pm 27 Aug 15

I agree with Tak Kee in Dickson for best BBQ hands down.

ChrisinTurner 2:59 pm 27 Aug 15

Sammy's is still my overall choice. Noisy but fast service. Food consistently good.

Best BBQ is at Tak Kee is still at Dickson. No ambiance just great food.

Looks like we will have to check out Bambusa.

Tara490 2:48 pm 27 Aug 15

Another vote for Bambusa :) i'm not a massive Chinese fan but could happily eat at Bambusa weekly.

oh_ 2:29 pm 27 Aug 15

Prince's Palace on Belconnen lake does a good yum cha of a weekend, although I havent been there for a while. Ruby in Dickson seems to be where Chinese people go, (think jellyfish salad) although it might be a bit too authentic for most Australian palates. Sammys is a good (if you can get past the hurry along service). Kingsland in Dickson (if its still open) did interesting mock meat dishes, although think it got a food safety breach as the owner didn't like to kill cockroaches for religious reasons. Have fun!

canberradogwalks 2:26 pm 27 Aug 15

- China Plate in Kingston for great service and reasonable prices. Favourite dishes are the whole sole Hong Kong style and the fried eggplant.

- Sammy's and Timmy's in Civic and Manuka. Favourite dish is the Shantung chicken.

mags_rowlands 2:24 pm 27 Aug 15

If you want really authentic Chinese food, you got to go to Diamond Restaurant in Belconnen (behind Good Guys). Simon the owner who loves to satisfy his customers by providing the dishes you won't see in other Chinese Restaurant. Ask for recommendation since they have two manu (one is common dishes you can see in other Chinese Restaurants; the other is only in Chinese-best dishes within it; most Chinese include me go for that particular menu.) Price is really reasonable. Dishes is greater quantity than others as well. How do you choose authentic Chinese food? Go to where Chinese go.

ged_1 2:22 pm 27 Aug 15

White Lotus in Fyshwick - great service, nice friendly staff and great food

Mr_Micawber 1:59 pm 27 Aug 15

It's hard to go past the Civic Dumpling House. It's fast, tasty and relatively cheap. All its dishes would pass muster in Hong Kong.

MonarchRepublic 1:58 pm 27 Aug 15

[quote comment="553562"][quote comment="553473"]Oriental Terrace at Erindale has nice Chinese food.[/quote]

Stopped going there years ago after the kids took over from the parents.

They were prosecuted under the Food Act, their name was recently removed from the ACT register after the normal name and shame period http://www.health.act.gov.au/public-information/businesses/food-safety-regulation/register-food-offences

[quote comment="553538"]

If you want something closer to authentic, Spicy Ginger near UniLodge used to be the place to go. They were the closest thing to authentic Chinese food I've had since returning from China. I haven't been there in a few years though, so they may have changed.[/quote]

Click the link above and you'll find they were prosecuted for 4 offences under the Food Act dating back to 2011. Was reported a number of times in the Canberra Times, pics and all.[/quote]

Also reported in the Canberra Times was the plight of the new owner, who was struggling with the stigma of the prosecution, despite having done major upgrades since purchasing is. So don't be so quick to judge.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-cafe-owners-struggling-to-recover-from-stigma-of-court-case-20141210-1242wh.html

Evilomlap 1:32 pm 27 Aug 15

+1 for Kevin's Place.

A close second is Jimmy's at Dickson. They lose half a point for loading the satay beef with onion to reduce costs. Last time I went there it was easily more than half onion, and they skimped on the sauce...so yeah. Kevin's Place gets my vote. And I'll probably learn how to use the delete key someday, too!

astrojax 11:49 am 27 Aug 15

[quote comment="553562"][quote comment="553473"]Oriental Terrace at Erindale has nice Chinese food.[/quote]

Stopped going there years ago after the kids took over from the parents.

They were prosecuted under the Food Act, their name was recently removed from the ACT register after the normal name and shame period http://www.health.act.gov.au/public-information/businesses/food-safety-regulation/register-food-offences

[quote comment="553538"]

If you want something closer to authentic, Spicy Ginger near UniLodge used to be the place to go. They were the closest thing to authentic Chinese food I've had since returning from China. I haven't been there in a few years though, so they may have changed.[/quote]

Click the link above and you'll find they were prosecuted for 4 offences under the Food Act dating back to 2011. Was reported a number of times in the Canberra Times, pics and all.[/quote]

having been prosecuted under the food act is no barrier to a place continuing to offer delicious cuisine - for example, tak kee in dickson. prepared ducks in rear car park, apparently. probably what they do in china, and it's also excellent there.

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