Haaaappy Tuesday, people! Today’s post is a lil dipping of my toe into the highly exciting world of food blogging, and whilst I L O V E my food, I’m not exactly the most experienced when it comes to writing about it, so please forgive my lack of in-the-know vocabulary during this post. However, this last Saturday morn, I arose nice n early to head to Chung Ying Cantonese, a fabby restaurant in the Chinese Quarter of Brum, to try out Birmingham’s first Hong Kong brunch. And it was v excite I tell ya.
So the restaurant is part of the Chung Ying chain, which has different restaurants across the city, and this lil beauty of a restaurant is tucked away in the Chinese Quarter. We arrived a little early, and due to it being brunch time, I didn’t imagine the restaurant would be that busy.
However, wandering into Chung Ying Cantonese, I was met with the hustle and bustle of the biggest Chinese restaurant I think I’ve ever visited, full of young families and couples enjoying the delicacies of a Hong Kong brunch. The place had such an amazing ambience: a plush velvety-red decor, with the comfiest chairs, and a simple set-up of white cloths on the tables; this place had a v cosy feel. And the smells that hit you as soon as you walked through the door, combined with the bright smiles of the welcoming waiters, and I was instantly won over by Chung Ying Cantonese.
The service was incredible. We were warmly welcomed by the team, seated and given some delicious Chinese green tea to try within moments of entering the mahoosive restaurant. Throughout our meal, members of the Chung Ying team were constantly on hand to check if everything was alright, and whether we’d like anything else to enjoy.
F A B U L O U S.
And this brings me on to the food. The FOOD. It was just beautiful. To be completely frank, when I was told Chung Ying Cantonese were now offering Birmingham’s first Hong Kong brunch, I was a wee bit sceptical, because I just didn’t feel like this kind of cuisine would work for a brunch. However, it was amaze.
So as I’ve touched on, we started our foodie experience at Chung Ying Cantonese with some traditional Chinese tea, which tasted similar to a refreshing green tea, and it definitely perked me up for the day ahead. Next, came the food. My pal Nat went for a veggie option: a vegetable noodle soup with gyoza dumplings. It smelt incred and hearing from Nat, tasted incred too. And for myself, I went for the dim sum option: two wee lil portions of various Chinese food, which came under a deal for just £6. Not bad for brunch, eh? I chose the prawn and chicken buns and beef balls with coriander. A big meat fan, this went down a treat for me.
In all honesty, ya’ll should definitely try out the Hong Kong brunch menu at Chung Ying Cantonese, or maybe pop down in an evening when I can imagine the restaurant will be abso packed, lively and buzzing! Not really off the beaten track in Chinatown, but v much a hidden gem and not maybe the first place you’d think of when it comes to tracking down a brunch spot, this restaurant is definitely what you’re looking for if you fancy something a little different for a change- goodbye, avo and toast!