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We’re talking about Chinese New Year, of course!
This year however, with everyone currently staying safely indoors at home, you might be after an alternative way to mark the occasion and to enjoy a little celebration.
Also known as the Lunar New Year, this holiday is the most important one in the Chinese calendar! While most of us ring in another year on the 1st of January, China celebrates this same event in either late January or early February. The date changes every year depending on the lunar cycle, as does the year’s zodiac. This year it’s on the 12th of February, but there’s no reason why you can’t get into the spirit of things before then. We all deserve a treat after all.
2021 is set to be the Year of the Ox – an animal associated with strength, honesty and helpfulness. Keen to get involved, but aren’t quite sure how in the current lockdown restrictions? Why not support a local business and treat your tastebuds by ordering a Chinese takeaway?
While everyone should be staying home at the moment to protect themselves, their loved ones and the NHS, it’s still possible to indulge in a tasty local takeaway. Luckily, many of the cities along the TransPennine Express network are home to some truly fantastic Chinese restaurants where you can order up a Chinese New Year-inspired feast to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own front room throughout the month of celebrations.
You’ll find the UK’s oldest Chinatown in Liverpool. The historic area dates back to the 1890s and is brimming with restaurants where you can order a cracking good takeaway. Here are a few of our favourites:
North Garden Restaurant
Consistently voted one of the best Chinatown restaurants in Liverpool, North Garden is ideal for all your Chinese food cravings! The menu is influenced by cooking techniques from across China, with popular dishes including salt and pepper tofu, pork rib chow mein and crispy duck. North Garden is open seven days a week and you can view the full takeaway menu on their Instagram.
This is one of the longest running restaurants in Liverpool and it specialises in northern Chinese cuisine. The extensive menu features something for everyone, including delicious veggie and vegan options like shredded tofu in sticky hoisin sauce!
It’s worth noting that Yuet Ben only offer collection and not delivery, making it a better option if you live in walking distance of the Duke Street location.
You’ll find a decent range of Chinese hotspots in Edinburgh. Pick up some grub that’s local to you from one of the popular restaurants right in the centre or indulge in a tasty dinner from a takeout joint in the surrounding suburbs.
Gy Chinese Takeaway
If you live just south of the city centre, this will likely be your local Chinese takeout. Gy has been going for a number of years and has a brilliant range of delectable dishes up for grabs, including plenty for vegetarians.
If you’re struggling to decide what to order from Gy Chinese Takeaway’s moreish menu, opt for one of the set menus – they won’t let you, or your tastebuds, down! Order online (newbies get 10% off) and choose to either collect in person or have your food delivered to your door.
This unusually named spot in New Town is a real gem. Karen’s Unicorn whips up authentic Chinese dishes, often adding a unique twist. It’s also a great place to order from if you’re a fan of seafood – think salty and spicy squid, monkfish marinated in ginger and butterfly prawns.
Karen’s Unicorn is another place which only offers collection. If you live right in the city centre, put it top of your takeout bucket list!
Liverpool may have the oldest Chinatown in Britain, but nearby Manchester’s equivalent certainly holds its own! As the second largest Chinatown in the country, it’s well-known for its ornate arch and outstanding array of restaurants. Live in Greater Manchester? The suburbs are packed with equally great takeout options.
This landmark restaurant has been going for over 40 years and frequently makes the “best Chinese restaurants in Manchester” list. The menu is immense and includes all your classics, from shredded duck to delicious dim sum!
Go for a banquet if you like lots of variety or select your favourite Chinese dishes from the à la carte section. Yang Sing even do contactless home delivery if you live within 10 miles of the Princess Street restaurant.
Near Old Trafford, Ming Dynasty is the ideal takeaway option for families who don’t all love the same cuisine. As well as typical Chinese dishes (think chow mein, tasty stir fries and yummy dim sum), you’ll find fried rice drenched in gravy, battered sausage and fish and chips.
Residents of York are well-served by the city’s Chinese takeaway outlets. You’ll find a handful of picks in the centre, plus several much-loved options located a little further afield. Order a sumptuous spread from one of the following:
Tang Hall Chinese Takeaway
If you live east of York’s city centre, Tang Hall Chinese Takeaway is the place to go for your Friday night treat. You’ll find it on Tang Hall Road, just beyond Layerthorpe, and it continuously gets five-star reviews for its mouth-watering food. There’s something for everyone on the menu, from fresh stir fries and spicy seafood curries to salt and pepper chips.
Hong Kong Chop House
For a true taste of Cantonese cooking, ring up the Hong Kong Chop House. This restaurant is found within York’s ancient city walls and offers contact-free delivery to addresses in the local area. You’ll spot a selection of classic dishes and more authentic options on its menu. Huge portions and delicious desserts are added bonuses!
Remember, you should only book train tickets if you have an essential reason to travel, such as for work or to care for someone who is vulnerable. Everyone else should stay local and make the most of what’s in your city or town – including your nearest Chinese takeaway!