This week, I am excited to write about the food and communities of my home nation – China – in this Food for Thought blog series exploring Asian food in Berlin.
To begin with a little history, Berlin is home to around 6,000 Chinese people – which, you may find, is a surprisingly small representation for such a populous country. During WWII, many of the Chinese returned back to their home country, leaving many Chinese restaurants closed. Though fewer Chinese citizens entered later in the 20th Century than other immigrant groups, many have nonetheless journeyed to Germany from other Western European states.
However, this is not to say that decent Chinese cuisine cannot be found in the capital. The mini Chinatown on Kantstraße has been thriving since the 1920s; many businesses revived following WWII and new joints born. Lon Men’s Noodles boasts the best Taiwanese noodles and wontons in town, whilst neighbouring restaurants Good Friends and Aroma are also worth a visit.
Progress and innovation has also swept the world of Chinese cuisine, with trendy fusion eateries such as Long March Canteen and Bun Bao offering the flavours of the Orient, with a contemporary edge to draw in a young and hip audience.
To point out the obvious, there are plenty of Chinese restaurants in Berlin, both good ones and not-so-good ones. Here, I have shortlisted three of my favourites, just to get you on your way…
Ming’s Jiaozi and Hot Pot
A haven for authentic Chinese dumplings and hot pot. Diners are given their own pot at their tables, and can choose from a wide range of meat, vegetables, dumplings and sauces to complete the meal. At under 15€ per person for all-you-can-eat, the only worry is eventually having to stop eating the delicious food! À la carte menu also offered, packed with traditional Chinese dishes.
Lon Men’s Noodle House
Located on Kantstraße amongst many Asian gems, Lon Men’s offers Taiwanese noodles and small eats in mouthwatering secret sauces from longstanding family recipes. Opt for a gua bao (Taiwanese bun) to start, before going on to slurp one of the many delicious noodles on the menu. Extra chilli oil optional.
No website, but you can take a look at their Facebook page
Long March Canteen
The innovative team at Long March Canteen have taken the traditional concept of Cantonese dim sum, and added an exhilarating contemporary edge to its cuisine. The tasting menus offer a good selection of cold and warm dishes, with tasty and unique flavours. Better suited to a treat occasion, the chic and sultry atmosphere of the canteen will not disappoint.
Your mission for the weekend: try all three of these restaurants!
Don’t forget to check back in a few weeks for the next installment in the “Food for Thought” series, this time to get a taste of Japan.