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Regular readers will know that the Chinatown Express is a Gourmand family favourite! It’s our first stop for Chinese food in Newcastle. Mini Gourmand has to pass through Newcastle city centre to get home from school so we took the opportunity to go for an early dinner.
Mini Gourmand decided she wanted something refreshing to drink so ordered a pot of Chinese tea which she loves.
Barbecue spare ribs were Mini Gourmands chosen starter, for some reason she always ends up with sauce all over her face and requires numerous napkins to remove the sticky red sauce.
Deciding to eat something different for her main course, Mini Gourmand went for Satay Chicken, it’s not a dish any of us would usually pick, this is probably because we have all had really bad versions of satay sauce. We all agreed that this was a really good choice and not at all sickly like some sauces can be.
Mr Gourmand went for his first pearl tea, a Strawberry pearl which both he and Mini Gourmand thought was delicious.
Salt and Pepper ribs were Mr Gourmands starter choice, usually he is a hot and sour soup man but fancied a change on this occasion.
Chicken with black bean sauce and chilli was Mr Gourmands main course choice, it’s a very rich but delicious sauce with just a hint of spice.
A creature of habit, I went for the honey melon pearl which is always superb, it’s like a dessert in a glass so I always try to leave it for the end of my meal.
I love the huge won-tons that the Chinatown express serve, I wasn’t in a soup mood so these were the next best option.
The crispy beef in a spicy Peking sauce is always amazing, the vegetables are fresh and crisp, the sauce is sweet and spicy and the beef is not at all chewy, if you get a chance to visit the chinatown express and wish to eat from the evening menu I suggest you give this dish a try.
Set 2 course lunch served from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm (£5.30)
If you’re a regular reader of Madame Gourmand you will know that on my usual visits to the Chinatown express I would normally opt for the more traditional Chinese meals, on this occasion I decided to go for the express two course lunch which consists of a starter or soup and a main meal served with fried or boiled rice.
Mr Gourmand chose crispy duck spring rolls which come simply wrapped on a plate, well filled but no frills with this dish.
I opted for crispy won tons served with a sweet and sour sauce, again a no frills dish. I don’t usually eat won tons so it was nice to enjoy the hot crispy treats with the sticky sweet sauce.
For his main course Mr Gourmand had King prawns in satay sauce served with boiled rice which was cooked with a variety of vegetables. The vegetables were crunchy ,sweet and tasty and complemented the large amount of prawns in the dish.
My main course choice was Vegetable chow mein which does not come with rice. The noodle dishes at the Chinatown express have always been a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Noodles were soft and rich and the vegetables still retained their crunch. Needless to say there was not a morsel left in the bowl.
If you’re keeping to a schedule and need something quick and tasty to eat, the Chinatown express is really your best bet!
The Chinatown Express is situated at 63-65 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
As mentioned in a previous blog post here, the Chinatown express is a Gourmand family favourite, it never fails to disappoint whether you choose to dine from the special menu or take a risk on one of the more traditional Chinese meals. The China Town Express is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne on the corner of Stowel Street opposite Rosies bar.
The Chinatown express is a no frills restaurant where you sit down, order, eat, pay and leave, the staff are always welcoming and happy to explain any dishes that you are unsure about. If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a long relaxing meal then this is not the place as it gets busy and there is always someone waiting to take your table.
The Tradition Chinese menu is vast and contains interesting and exciting dishes like Shanghai Fried Noodle, Ma Po Bean Curd and Beef Flank Rice. The usual dishes found on most Chinese restaurant menus can also be found like Chow Mein and Chop Suey. The restaurant does not serve alcohol but a wide range of hot and cold drinks are available.
On our latest Chinatown express venture, Mr Gourmand opted for the Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Rice (£7.80). This has been a favourite dish for a number of years now and I’m not going to lie and pretend that I know how this dish is cooked as I honestly don’t, but it my opinion it features several flat pieces of pork, coated in crumb and fried with chili and peppers. Quite often you are asked if you would like it spicy which results in the dish being sprinkled with what can only be described as crispy spicy sprinkles; you can understand what I meant earlier, I really don’t know how they cook it! The dish comes on a mountain of boiled rice and is more than enough for two people.
I decided to go for a new dish to the Gourmand palette the Sliced Beef Aubergine Rice (£6.70). The dish was delicious with a good sized portion of sliced beef, chunky aubergine and diced peppers in a rich gravy, this was again served with a portion of boiled rice and more than enough for two people. There was no spice to this dish but a mouthful of flavours made up for this.
Although the dishes are a little more pricey than most Chinese restaurants in China town, the sheer volume of food more than makes up for that. The staff are always happy to package up any leftovers for you to take home which we have done on more than a few occasions!
The Chinatown Express is situated at 63-65 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
If you live in or visit Newcastle upon Tyne and love Chinese food then you need to visit the Chinatown Express. I will admit it’s not the most appealing restaurant from the outside as its rather plain and cheap looking. You are seated quickly, served quickly and leave quickly and they don’t accept debit or credit cards but once you look past that you are in for some delicious food. It is also worth noting that it’s not a traditional starter followed by a main course type of place either; starters come first, of course, but your main will generally come as soon as it is ready. I always quite enjoy this aspect so don’t let it put you off
The family Gourmand are not one’s to eat the usual sweet and sour, chow mein or curry sauce dishes, we like to be a bit more experimental and this place is fantastic for us. They not only serve dishes catered for an English palette but also serve traditional dishes and you will find that the restaurant is always filled with Chinese people.
The menu is vast and you can find dishes containing chicken feet, intestines and salted fish. We have been visiting this establishment for over 5 years now and have never been disappointed.
On our latest visit both myself and Mr Gourmand wanted to try something we’ve not had before so I opted for Dry fried Beef Ho Fun (£6.70) washed down with a Honey Melon Pearl (£3.00). The Beef tasted like it had been marinated in sherry, it was sweet and succulent and perfectly cooked. The noodles are 4 times the width of a regular noodle and flat making them rather filling, Mr Gourmand managed a couple of forkfuls but I had to leave some in my bowl. If you have never tasted a pearl drink you should, they are not to everyone’s taste. You drink the sweet liquid through a very wide straw and if you’re lucky get a tapioca ball with every mouthful, it’s more of a dessert than a drink as it’s rather filling on its own but I find the sweetness counterbalances the saltiness of the food.
Mr Gourmand often struggles with deciding on the perfect meal when a menu is this large. He mentally chooses a number of dishes pre-order and opts to rely on ‘instinct’ (his description, not mine) when the waiter looks his way. This roughly translates to Mr Gourmand stabbing a finger at the page (similar to picking a winner at the Grand National) and often results in him picking something totally random followed by jealousy of my meal when the dishes are both served. This time was thankfully an exception as he calmly opted for Three kinds of Shredded Meat Fried Noodle (£6.70) and Jasmine Tea (£1.00). I was only able to taste some of the noodle as the dish contained pork which I don’t eat. First impressions were of how much food there actually was on the plate, a small mountain no less of pork, chicken, Char Sui (marinated pork), spring onions, carrots and bean sprouts all sitting on a mound of soft noodles. As always the flavours were beautifully combined resulting in a very fulfilling lunch that could not be faulted.