Are you looking to change up your Saturday night Chinese takeaway order? Fed up with the same sweet and sour chicken? When it comes to authentic Chinese fare, Old Dublin town knows a thing or two about creating clever and innovative dishes that keep things fresh and exciting.
If you've made a conscious decision to ditch your existing Chinese takeaway in Dublin and want to try something new, we can guarantee that the following restaurants will show you a very different side to Asian cooking!
1. ½ Duck bonanza – Hang Dai
Perfect for that extra special occasion, Hang Dai boasts its very own applewood-fired oven, which makes for an out-of-this-world duck. You have to place your order at least 48 hours in advance – such is the lengths they go to cook such juicy duck and crispy skin – but the ½ duck dish comes with a duck broth, topped with Chinese pickles, followed by the main event. The Beijing-style crispy duck is served with obligatory pancakes, cucumber, and an addictive cherry hoi sin sauce – a magnificent takeaway experience!
2. Rendang – Chameleon
If you're still fed up with the sickly-sweet nature of sweet and sour and you're prepared to venture further afield than China to great your Asian fix, we thoroughly recommend Chameleon's classic Rendang derived from Western Sumatra. This rich, slow-cooked curry is medium-to-spicy and packed with different dimensions of flavour thanks to the fresh red chillies, garlic, galangal, shallots, and authentic tamarind paste – perfect with a side of fluffy basmati rice.
3. Teriyaki Sauce Japanese Style – Wok On Inn
A very popular cooking technique in Japan that's increasingly common in the best Chinese takeaway dishes across Dublin, teriyaki means food that's either broiled or grilled with a tangy and addictive glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar. Wok On Inn's menu is brimming with chef specials, but we heartily recommend his Japanese-style teriyaki, which will entertain your taste buds far longer than any bog-standard Sweet and Sour sauce!
4. Hunan Style Chicken with Cashew Nuts and Crispy Chili – Hilan Chinese and Korean Restaurant
For those seeking a Chinese sauce that will tempt and tingle your tongue and lips, look no further than Hilan's Hunan-style hot and spicy chicken with cashew nuts, topped with crispy chilis. It's not too dissimilar to a Szechuan dish but Hunan-style dishes tend to pack a little bit more of a punch in the spice stakes. So, if you're feeling brave make sure you give this one a try – you'll be saying 'what's Sweet and Sour?' in no time!
5. Gohar Special Spicy Chicken – Lotus Garden Restaurant
One of the special dishes on the menu in Dundrum's Lotus Garden Restaurant is the Gohar Special Spicy Chicken. The chef uses his own signature sweet and spicy chili sauce that's wok-tossed with plenty of fresh garlic and scallions to really bring the chicken to life. This place also offers a great selection of exotic prime wings as a starter or side dish, with the house speciality Gor Gor sauce a particular favourite.
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