Last week I headed for a much overdue meal at Chung Ying Central with Calum. A night of delicious cocktails and dim sum followed as we made our way through their extensive menu. Whilst their sister restaurant Chung Ying Garden is renowned for having a huge dim sum menu, Chung Ying Central have handpicked a great selection of these for their customers to enjoy. And I was lucky enough to be invited to sample some of these!
Having never eaten dim sum before, I was glad for the staff’s enthusiasm to talk us through the menu and make recommendations for us. The service was excellent throughout the evening – attentive and efficient, without being overbearing – and we really felt looked after by the friendly staff and management here.
Whilst Calum tried one of their zodiac cocktails with the Crouching Tiger Mai Tai – Barcadi Superior, Captain Morgan, Lime Juice and Orgeat, I enjoyed the Passion Fruit Cosmopolitan – Stolichnaya Citrus, Cointreau, Lime and Passion Fruit Juice. It was light, fruity and perfectly balanced – a great cocktail that I’ll definitely order again!
Calum also tried their Dark and Stormy – Captain Morgan, Lime Juice and Ginger Beer – and Spiced Lychee Dream – Old J Spiced Rum, Lychee Liqueur, Lychee and Lime – both of which were excellent cocktails.
And post-dinner we enjoyed 2 of dessert cocktails as well: Lemon Meringue Pie – Limoncello, Lemon, Cream and Old J – and Strawberry Cheesecake – Stoli Berry, Old J, Lemon, Strawberry and Cream. Whilst the latter was a little too sweet for my personal taste, the Lemon Cheesecake was a winner!
Before our dim sum dishes arrived, we tucked into some Chicken Yuk Shung. This is one of my favourite dishes to order and having previously loved it at Chung Ying Central when I visited last year, I knew it’d be a great choice. And luckily it didn’t disappoint – it was extremely tasty and I couldn’t get enough of the delicious chicken and crispy noddles wrapped up in fresh, crunchy lettuce leaves.
My favourite dim sum dish we tried had to be the King Prawn Dumplings with Mayonnaise. The prawns were so juicy and tasty, and I loved the contrast in texture with the light, crispy batter that encased them. It wasn’t greasy at all either, in fact none of the fried items were, allowing the flavours to shine through.
The Shredded Squid was equally good! They were so moreish and neither of us could stop picking at them, especially when dipped into the sweet chill sauce.
I could have eaten the Char Sui Buns all night! The bun was light and fluffy, although very filling, and it had a delicious, rich, sticky pork filling – a really yummy dish.
Other dim sum we enjoyed included the Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Prawn and Chive Dumplings and Cuttlefish Cake. Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the cuttlefish cake or the prawn and chive dumplings and wouldn’t rush back to order them, there’s plenty on the menu for me to try instead next time.
Chung Ying Central have an excellent range of offers too, including 6 dim sum for only £19.95! This is an absolutely bargain and worth every penny as it’s the perfect amount for 2 people to share and allows you to order a nice selection. Other cracking deals include 241 on selected cocktails and dim sum between 4 and 7pm all week. And their great value for money lunch which gives you a main and dim sum for only £9.95 or a soup and dim sum for £5.95.
With delicious food and excellent cocktails, Chung Ying Central is a great choice if you’re after a central restaurant that delivers fantastic dishes, at pocket-friendly prices thanks to their fab selection of offers! I’m now a huge fan of dim sum too – I really enjoyed getting to try lots of different dishes and sharing them for a casual, fuss-free dinner, with their cocktails only adding to the experience. I couldn’t recommend Chung Ying Central enough for dim sum!
Disclosure: I was invited to review Chung Ying Central, and all food and cocktails were complimentary. However I wasn’t required to write a review, and all opinions are honest and my own