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Lucky Dragon and Maxi's: "Chinese restaurants in Leeds" Leeds Restaurant Tip by loudjazz

Leeds Restaurants: 170 reviews and 378 photos

Many chinese restaurants in Leeds are glorified chop suey parlours stir frying tinned ingredients with scrappy meat and liberal doses of msg - it's pretty incredible that a lot of menus are identical not only to each other but to the menus of the early 70's when Oriental work migrants set up mom'n'pop type takeaways and restaurants serving cheap and cheerful dishes to the hungry masses . We Brits took this food to our hearts and bellies , not to mention our clothes ; oh the joy of leaning forward at the bus stop outside the pub so the river of grease seeping out of the giant spring roll (filled with tinned beansprouts and nowt much else didn't scar your Ben Sherman and Burtons crombie for life , oh the excitement of trying to use chopsticks on your special flied lice and Sweet n Sour Pork.
Back to the present and one or two establishments actually serve professionally prepared meals of a more authentic bent .

The Lucky Dragon in Leeds serve some excellent dim sum including scallop sui mai , saday whelks and sweet tasting shrimp har gow .
The Lucky Dragon is very much a Hong Kong style restaurant - big , bright , brash and full of chinese people! The prices are very reasonable , the service is friendly and knowledgable and you dont have to go down the chop suey / sweet and sour road to get your Chinese fix..

Another great Chinese restaurant for Dim Sum in Leeds is of course Maxis . They must have recently appointed a new Dim Sum chef as the standard of their Dim Sum is even better than previous years - I don't think there is better dim sum in Leeds for sure .

Favorite Dish: Get to the Lucky Dragon early enough on a Sunday to experience the roast suckling pig with fabulous wafer thin crackling , another recomended dish is the aubergine and green chilli hot pot with pork while the ho fun topped with belly pork , soy chicken and guy lan - a kind of sprouting broccoli - is the perfect hangover food when teamed with an ice cold tsing tao beer .
Maxi's have memorable Wo Tip and try Oysters in black bean sauce with a lovely chewy outer crust. yum!

Address: city centre
Price Comparison: about average
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

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  • Written May 17, 2007
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