By Eleanor Wong

Steamed Dim Sum

If you grew up like I did, where the Chinese food you ate was great, but very much catered for a ‘western palate’; focusing on the fried element in their starter menu, then you may not be aware of the great number of soft, juicy steamed dim sum out there waiting to be devoured!

“I love Chinese food”….a statement I have said so many times growing up. When in fact my limited experience and the limited choices I made (spring rolls, sweet and sour chicken, egg fried rice) meant that I had not even begun to sample the vast array of flavours and textures this cuisine has to offer.

Dim sum or small snacks are traditionally most commonly eaten at lunch time. Lots of little plates or baskets of yummy dumplings, rolls and small plates are served to the table and everyone digs in for a try of everything. In one sitting your palate gets to experience salty, sweet, spicy, sour deliciousness from a variety of different dishes.

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It’s an exciting time of year right now for anybody who celebrates the Lunar Calander, as we gear up to welcome the year of the Dragon. Saturday 10th February 2024 marks the first day of the new year.

All over the world communities are deep into preparations to welcome in the New Year. Lanterns will be hung and family and cultural traditions will be followed and enjoyed. New clothes will be bought, houses will be spotlessly cleaned and new haircuts will be had.

In lots of countries family members will make their way back to the family home for around a fortnight of celebrations; referred to as spring festival. Streets, shops and restaurants will be vibrant with colour and celebration.

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Where to eat Vegan food in Birmingham

Advancement in medical research has meant that we all have a heightened awareness of our digestion health and know our digestive system can be affected so heavily by what we put into it. As this is something we can control, we find more and more people reaching for the meat free, gluten free and dairy free menus when out and about.

A growing area of interest in recent years is how certain types of food can adversely affect our health and how they affect people differently. For example, you can now readily take tests which tell you what foods you may be allergic to. People who have had chronic conditions have found themselves easing years of suffering just by cutting out certain types of food.

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Have you tried our Gluten free menu? Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant, Birmingham China Town

We are proud to offer over 70 gluten free dishes only at Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant Birmingham, without compromise, vibrant flavours, texture & balance - all without sacrifice!

"They have an extensive gluten free menu and took care of possible contamination. The food is delicious and the price is fair. It goes way beyond the rice dishes we usually get in Chinese restaurants."
Camilla, Birmingham

"At last a gluten free chinese - a great find for those of us who are gluten free and like Chinese food.
Chung Ying has an extensive choice of both starters and main courses great atmosphere and friendly staff"
Dr J Mam, Birmingham

Maybe the best gluten free restaurant in Birmingham Click Here to view menu. 

Have you tried our Vegan food menu at Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant, Birmingham China Town? We offer over 90 Vegan dishes.

Veganism has taken the world by storm, fast becoming a lifestyle that is preferred by many as a way to do their bit for animals, the environment and their health. Whilst many might think veganism is a new trend, its popularity spans centuries and has been at the basis of many ancient civilisations. Chinese cuisine includes every day vegan staples such as tofu, soy, vegetables, seitan, rice and egg-free noodles, making it a go-to for many vegans.

We are proud to offer an extensive selection of vegan dishes, designed by our highly acclaimed chefs.

‘’Excellent service and food - this place has got better! The service was excellent and we had food that was totally vegan which tasted great! The vegan share platter, chung fun with spring onions, vegan duck and pack cakes and vegan chicken were all amazing! We have been coming here for years to eat dim sum but it was the first time we had tried the vegan menu and we didn’t miss the meat at all! We look forward to booking our next visit soon!’’

Some of our latest dishes include:
Salt & Chilli Vegan Chicken Wings
Crispy Chilli Vegan Beef
Vegan Lamb in Cumin
Vegan Dry Beef Ho Fun
Vegan Yeung Chow Fried Rice

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Birmingham Mail visited to see if Chung Ying has the best dim sum by trying our recently awarded best dumplings in the UK.


Article and pictures below by Kirsty Bosley

Dim Sum

The last time I had to fill out a form by marking boxes with black crosses, I was trying to get my driving licence. Here in Chinatown, I was not tussling with a tricksy DVLA application, but instead an A4 print-out showing 71 dim sum options. This was tougher. Last week, we brought you the news that Chung Ying Cantonese, the oldest of its kind in Brum's beautiful Chinese Quarter, had been celebrated at the Golden Chopsticks Awards, earning the Best Dumplings title. It gave me fresh cause to visit, so I showed up on a busy Friday lunchtime to get my mouth around those gong-winning morsels.

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It's official! Chung Ying has the best dim sum in Birmingham China Town and also in the UK! 

The Golden Chopsticks Awards gave a gong to Chung Ying Cantonese in the Chinese Quarter

By Kirsty Bosley

Chung Ying James and Wiliam

A Birmingham Chinese restaurant has the very best dumplings in the UK according to an industry award body. Chung Ying Cantonese in Brum's Chinese Quarter was given a trophy for having Britain's best dumplings at the Golden Chopsticks Awards this week.

The national awards ceremony was created to recognise and celebrate the east and south east Asian restaurants, food businesses and chefs. The event was held in London's Marriott Hotel and Chung Ying - Brum's oldest Chinese restaurant - secured the gong. 

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