by Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Hong Kong Brunch at Chung Ying Cantonese, Birmingham
Tuesday 10:30 am
I’ve been eating food at Chung Ying for twenty years, it is a staple fixture in the China Town in Birmingham, this is a large ground floor restaurant and even on this morning it is fairly busy.
Their PR company has invited me down to try out their Hong Kong Brunch menu and I’ve brought my friend Rebecca to join me. Rebecca is already seated at our table when I arrive and looking puzzled at the printed piece of paper with check boxes written 100% in chinese with numbers down the side. She’s holding a pencil she’s been handed and is looking puzzled. Next to that is a regular menu with the brunch on it.
The deal is two steamed dim sums for £6 and there’s 29 to choose from! The other 21 brunch menu items consist of 6 Congee (Rice Porridge), 6 Claypot Rice, 6 Noodle Soups and three Seasonal Vegetables with Oyster Sauce, each of these dishes cost £6 each.
The (duty?) manager brings out a selection of dim sums: Char Siu Buns (pork), Chicken & Prawn Buns, Glutinous Rice Lo Mai Gai (steamed rice wrapped in a leaf), Ox Tripe w. Spring Onion and Steamed Caramel Buns.
I really like the buns, the texture and the filling, be it caramel or pork tastes great. However I wouldn’t have ordered Ox Tripe, and even though I did give it a tiny taste, its not something I’d ever order. Each to their own taste!
We are then given Egg and Pork Congee and Vegetarian Dumplings. I’ve never tried congee before but I imagine that its something that would be great as a breakfast in the winter, warm rice with egg and pork, yummy! The veggie dumplings are something that I see as much more of a regular chinese dish to have at lunch or in the evening.
Brunch and breakfast are becoming key battlegrounds for food across the city as the food scene grows, changes and evolves. Brunch itself is seen as a treat for holidays or days off or business meetings. And Chung Ying wants you to head there for brunch.
I know I’ll be going back to try some of the other 24 things on the dim sum menu!
Check out the Brunch Menu at Chung Ying Cantonese here: chungying.co.uk/images/download/Chung-Ying-Chinese-Brunch-Menu.pdf
And book a table here: chungying.co.uk/restaurants/chung-ying-cantonese
#BrumHour was invited to try the menu at Chung Ying Cantonese. This isn’t a sponsored post. We didn’t pay for food and left a tip.
#BrumHour’s travel and transport to this venue covered by Whim. Read more about Whim here:. whimapp.com/uk/