Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

Wong Kei – Braised Pork Belly

Hall of Slime

Customer service in London restaurants is pretty bad. Not horrible, mind you, but it just seems like nobody tries hard enough. And then there’s a place like Wong Kei, that not only doesn’t try, it actually has a reputation for poor service. So of course I had to put it to the test.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

My kind of ying and yang

In the busiest part of Chinatown, Wong Kei stands with a remarkably sterile environment, which clearly shows that this place is all about the food and nothing else. Fine by me! So when the waitress finally showed up (it took a while), I ordered me some Braised Pork Belly over rice. Unsurprisingly, it came with nary a thank you or anything, and we were even told off for asking to change something from the menu.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

Look at the steam on this picture!

Now, let’s be clear. The food was unbelievably good. The pork incredibly tender, with a perfect sauce, over oodles of rice. It’s authentic cuisine, the kind that is hard to find in Chinatown, and you can tell it’s good by just looking at the clientele. The fact that it’s in the middle of tourist-town boggles me, but I don’t make the rules.

Wong Kei - Braised Pork Belly chinese chinatown rice london food

So much deliciousness should be illegal

Does great food change with poor service? No. Does that matter? Not really. Will I be back for more? Absolutely.


Slimy? A huge portion bathed in sumptuous sauce. Very sticky. Very good.

Satisfying? Pork so tender you can break it with chopsticks. Which is all you’ll get at this place (don’t you DARE ask for a fork)


Wong Kei
43 Wardour St, London W1D 6PY

Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Misato – Chicken Katsu Teriyaki

Hall of Slime

Here’s a challenge for you. Try to find a cheap place in London’s Chinatown. Done? OK, now try to find one that’s also delicious. Not so easy now, ah?

Even though it might be cheating a bit, considering Misato is, after all, a Japanese spot, it’s not like Chinatown has many authentic Chinese places to begin with. And really, who cares. With dishes that are below £6, like this huge and delicious Chicken Katsu Teriyaki one, you won’t care either. The place might not look fancy, but that’s irrelevant. It’s Chinatown after all. You’re here for the food, and nothing else.

Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Look close into the Teriyaki void

A deliciously katsu-style fried chicken, with an incredibly gooey teriyaki sauce, and served with enough rice to topple an empire, this one doesn’t just qualify as a great deal in Chinatown, it might very well be the BEST deal, period. Oh, and it has salad as well. In case you care about health and stuff.

Misato - Chicken Katsu Teriyaki fried chicken japanese chinatown

Teriyaki air view

So go ahead. The challenge stands. I shall keep looking, but chances are, I’ll just keep coming back to Misato.


Slimy? A teriyaki pool of gooey awesomeness. Handle chopsticks with care

Satisfying? Immense taste for a non immense value. Just perfect


11 Wardour St, London, W1D 6PG

Chinatown Bakery – Tai Yaki


Anyone who’s been to London’s Chinatown Bakery has seen it: the majestic machine that automatically creates Tai Yaki, which must be Chinese for “really tasty looking cream filled fish shaped thing”. How could we not? It’s a hypnotic experience.

Located at the Chinatown Bakery, troops of tourists watch in complete trance how this robot does pair after pair of cream filled sea-life. After years of resisting the temptation, and the obvious assumption that it couldn’t possibly taste good, I succumbed and bought four little fishies.

Looks cute. Do not be fooled. These things are evil. Chinatown Bakery - Tai Yaki

Looks cute. Do not be fooled. These things are evil

And… they’re really not that special. At all. Like, I would totally believe that the expression “appearances are deceiving” was created by someone like me, 100 years ago, watching the first of these machines working. You bite into the poor little fish thing, and it doesn’t even spill cream, as it’s all solidified by then.

So by all means, come and look at the engineering marvel of how these things get baked, just don’t expect the taste to be anything great.

Slimy? Not really. It was meant to be very gooey, and then it wasn’t.

Satisfying? Nope. At all. It’s as disappointing as the Star Wars prequels. Or The Matrix sequels. Possibly both together.


Chinatown Bakery
7 Newport Place, WC2H 7JR
(No website)