Review on Chung Ying
At the heart of Birmingham's rejuvenated Chinese Quarter, this long-serving warhorse opposite the Arcadian Centre has been delivering the goods for more than two decades. Like most of its oriental neighbours, it's been given a few licks of colourful green and red paint over the years, but the vast dining room remains resolutely traditional.
The menu is a 300-dish monster dragon covering just about every conceivable possibility. Don't expect new-wave minimalism or trendy crossovers here: what you get are mighty portions of authentic peasant-style Cantonese food with up-front flavours and plenty of punch.
A daunting list of around 60 dim sum brings in the crowds - especially at weekends - and the choice extends from steamed beef ball dumplings and scallop cheung fun to deep-fried shredded squid, steamed Shanghai buns and the esoteric delights of chicken's feet, ox tripe, fish lips and salted 'pork pie'.
For those with bigger appetites, the menu promises countless casseroles, hot pots (authentically fatty braised brisket with five spices, for example), a huge assortment of seafood and a host of one-plate rice and noodle dishes that are ideal for a quick lunch.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 11.30 (Sun 10.30pm)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express