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Where to go in China town (part II) – ‘mouth tingling’ chicken

Red n Hot at 59 Charing cross road.

At £18 a head (no booze) we had a veritable feast.

Red n Hot is a chain restaurant that has hit the Chinatowns of London, Birmingham and Manchester and represents part of a growing trend towards Sichuanese food in the UK. Although it is not as good as Bar Shan/Bar Shu round the corner, it is a bit cheaper! We went for some classic Sichuanese dishes:

fish fragrant aubergines 鱼香茄条

cumin flavoured lamb 孜然羊肉

gongbao prawns 宫保虾球

dumplings in chilli oil  红油水饺

and my personal favourite – sichuan ‘mouth tingling’ chicken 四川口水鸡

Red n Hot was full of people eating hot pot – which is reasonably priced at £20 a head. I took the challenge of trying to beat that price by ordering a la carte. Red Hot is slightly off the main Chinatown beat (Gerrard St) but it represents a good value and serves up some authentic Sichuanese dishes so is well worth it!

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Where to go in Chinatown? (part one)

I love Chinatown. It is probably my favourite part of London, but everytime I am there I find it hard to decide where to go. So I thought I would make a multi-part guide to a few places I like in Chinatown.

PART ONE – Jen Cafe

This place is perfect for a quick meeting for some milkbubble tea (banana flavour is the best), a crispy pork and rice dish, or a dumpling soup.  Alternatively you can watch them make the dumplings in front of you. roughly £6 a head.

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