The Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 28, and to celebrate the incoming Year of the Fire Rooster, we thought we’d recommend the best Chinese restaurants in South Africa.
1. South China Dim Sum Bar, CBD, Cape Town
South China Dim Sum Bar is a wonderful family friendly restaurant on Long Street that offers some of the best dumplings in the Mother City. It’s fantastic menu focuses on quality over quantity, with fab potstickers and char siu boa (a steamed fluffy pork bun we just adore).
Where: 289 Long Street, CBD, Cape Town
Open: Monday – Sunday, 12.30 pm to 03.00pm; 06.30pm to 10.00pm
Call: 078 846 3656
Cost: Approximately R150 for two people
2. The Red Lantern, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
The Red Lantern is a Joburg institution. Tucked away in Hyde Park Corner, the warm red décor, friendly service, and delicious food make it a wonderful place for any celebration. We’d recommend that you try some of their delicious crispy beef strips tossed in plum sauce!
Where: Hyde Park Corner, Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Sandton
Open: Monday – Sunday, 12.30 pm to 10.30pm
Call: 011 325 6048
Cost: Approximately R300 for two people
3. The Wok Box, La Lucia, Durban
With a chic interior and wonderfully varied menu, The Wok Box is a marvel of Asian cuisine in Durban’s Northern suburbs. We love their honey glazed chicken, definitely the best thing to munch on to bring in the Year of the Rooster!
Where: 8-12 Mackeurtan Ave, La Lucia, Durban
Open: Monday – Saturday, 11.30am to 03.00pm, 05.00pm to 09.00pm; Sunday 11.30am to 05.00am
Call: 031 564 2939
Cost: Approximately R335 for two people
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A little bit extra on the year of the Fire Rooster:
For those who don’t know, the Chinese Zodiac divides years using two different cycles. The first is a cycle of 12 zodiac animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig); the second cycles between the five elements (fire, earth, water, wood, and metal).
Famous roosters include Dr Martin Luther King Junior, Stephen Fry, and Dawn French.