Chinatown Express – 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!

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