Chinese restaurants in Manchester come at you thick and fast. As you’re wandering the smaller streets it’s hard not to notice the neon signage and waft of soy sauce delighting your nostrils. Chinese restaurants in Manchester seem very much a part of the furniture and after a little look at the history, it’s no surprise why. During the late 1940s and 1950s, a wave of Chinese immigration occurred towards Manchester, due largely to an alarming shortage of labour after WWII as well as urbanisation in places like Hong Kong that forced many people to leave. Three guesses what the newly-arrived Chinese folk did when they arrived… Yep, they opened Manchester’s pioneering Chinese restaurants.
In 1948 the first Chinese restaurant in Manchester opened for business on Mosley Street. Ping Hong was its name, and over the following decade roughly 20 more restaurants followed suit and opened their doors to a public that was already becoming hooked on the distinct flavours of Asia. The Chinese foodscape grew and grew until by the 1970s a distinguished Chinese quarter had begun to develop around Nicholas Street, Faulkner Street and George Street, putting Manchester’s Chinese restaurant firmly on the map as some of the most authentic in the UK. In 1987 the Ming Dynasty Imperial Arch was built, and Chinatown was born.
With so many Chinese restaurants in Manchester, Chinatown, as a result, is the second largest in the UK and the third largest in all of Europe. That’s some going, we’re sure you’ll agree, to the point that it’s also known as the Chinese village for the north of England! But it isn’t just its size that makes Manchester’s Chinatown so magnificent. As well as the highest concentration of Chinese restaurants in Manchester, among these streets you’ll find Chinese supermarkets, Chinese physicians, Chinese casinos, stalls and souvenir shops. There is a very distinct buzz around Chinatown in Manchester and that’s exactly why it’s one of the hottest spots for tourists as well as locals.
In Chinatown but also just about anywhere in the city centre, Chinese restaurants in Manchester offer amazing food fit for just about any budget. Look hard enough (or just follow wherever a keen nose can sniff out) and you’ll find all-you-can-eat buffets, hole in the wall restaurants serving delicious, syrupy stodge on paper plates, as well as high-end eaterys for beautifully presented and even better tasting gourmet fare. Your options are endless and (unless you want to) there’s never any reason why you should have to try the same dish more than once. Oh, and a tip from us, try a Chinese bakery for buns and cakes that are impossibly moreish.
Regardless of budgets or where one might decide to eat, we know all too well what favourites the people of Manchester and indeed the rest of the UK love to get involved with. The good news, folks, is the Chinese restaurants of Manchester serve them all kinds of ways. We’re talking sweet and sour chicken, of course, oh so saucy and a combination of textures that warm you inside. We’re talking chow mein, the Cantonese dish that’s noodle based and flexible in terms of what a chef can add. We’re talking wontons, dumplings, spring rolls. They’re crispy, they’re spongy, they’re steamed or they’re fried. Whatever they are, the Chinese restaurants in Manchester do them right. Then last, but so very far from being least, we’re talking Peking roasted duck. This is a world-famous dish that’s savoured here by the Chinese restaurants of Manchester more so than anywhere else in the UK we can think of.