FOOD: Seven places to feast in Sheffield for Chinese New Year

Noodle Doodle, Trippet Lane, Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Noodle Doodle, Trippet Lane, Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

From sticky spare ribs to dinky sim sum, Sheffield is spoilt for choice when it comes to Chinese food.

With Chinese New Year happening on February 8 there is no better excuse to get stuck in.

Some of the food available at the Canton Orchard restaurant. Fulwood Road, Sheffield.

Some of the food available at the Canton Orchard restaurant. Fulwood Road, Sheffield.

Here are 11 top places to dine on noodles and chow mein to mark the Year of the Monkey.

Zing Vaa, The Moor, city centre

0114 275 6633

Open since 1985, this restaurant is tucked away down a flight of stairs on The Moor and famed for its bamboozling array of delicate, delicious dim sum dumplings.

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Zing Vaa Restaurant The Moor Sheffield'Pix : Dean Atkins / deanatkinsphotography.co.uk''COPYRIGHT PICTURE >> DEAN ATKINS>07546 936 188> 01226 719561>

The restaurant has evolved from offering dishes like sweet and sour chicken to traditional Cantonese, then on to Schezuan to cater for the many Chinese students and now there are also many Thai dishes.

Pricing is keen and the Chinese/Yorkshire hybrid accents are wonderful.

Wok This Way, Howard Road, Walkley

0114 251 7888

NOODLE: Zhu Siwen with chillli mussels at the Noodle Inn,London Rd

NOODLE: Zhu Siwen with chillli mussels at the Noodle Inn,London Rd

Regulars rhapsodize about this takeaway - and particularly enjoy the open plan kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work.

Portions are generous and orders ready in mere minutes, giving a whole new meaning to the words fast food.

Crispy chilli beef Cantonese style, chicken satay and the duck are favourites for many.

Hong Kong Gardens, Ecclesall Road, Banner Cross

0114 267 6290

Run by a friendly family, they can often guess orders here after hearing the customer’s ‘hello.’

Transfer from wok to home delivery is speedy, and although there is a wide range of dishes on the menu, some of the more old-fashioned are the best/

Try the salt and pepper chicken for a perfect starter, and the chicken curry is super.

Noodle Doodle, Trippet Lane, city centre

0114 272 7688

Formerly Cubanas, this place is as authentic as it can get.

It was actually Sheffield’s first traditional Malaysian restaurant when it opened in 2014, but offers Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean too.

Some of the odder choices on offer include marinated tripe, spicy frog leg and exploded kidney flower, but for the faint hearted there are more ‘normal’ options too.

Portions are truly gigantic and free prawn crackers standard - take a friend.

Oisoi, St Paul’s Place, city centre

This new concept oriental market-cum-restaurant wants to educate the people of Sheffield about authentic Asian food.

Browse in the Harvey Nichols style market - where they also make fresh dumplings, cakes and dishes to take away - or head upstairs to dine next to the open kitchen.

Its a stylish spot with a tapas-type menu, plus fusion and classic Asian dishes to choose from.

Canton Orchard, Ranmoor

0114 263 0922

This upmarket spot is favoured for special occasions due to its elegant manor house location and refined dishes - The Star’s former restaurant critic Martin Dawes once described a ‘glorious’ stir-fried monkfish cheeks.

It has loyal customers and a good selection of wines to boot.

Noodle Inn, London Road

0114 255 4488

A huge menu and heaped plates makes this a popular venue that can be packed at times.

Main courses, paticularly the noodle ones, can easily be shared by two or make for a doggy bag dinner.

The atmosphere is fun and there’s often complimentary ice cream if you can fit it in.