There’s a new wok on the block up London Road in Croydon’s Norbury. Well, not really – New Wok’s Cooking has been serving 100% halal Chinese cuisine to locals for almost a decade. And the owners and chefs have got real chops when it comes to this niche: this is a halal Chinese restaurant run by Chinese emigres, and the only HMC-certified Chinese restaurant in Norbury. This means no pork, no alcohol, just culinary classics served in tastefully decorated surrounds with a 5-star hygiene rating to boot. Book a table here for clean Chinese food that’s good for the soul (there’s even a prayer room for a soulful start or finish to your meal).
The head chef at New Wok’s Cooking was imported to Norbury’s only HMC-certified halal Chinese restaurant from mainland China because he is one of the most famous chefs in the People’s Republic. Remaining incognito in Greater London’s Croydon, you can trust that he’s had lots of practice working in five star hotels back in China. Now ensconced in New Wok’s London Road kitchen, he has guided New Wok’s Cooking to new heights of culinary mastery. Just take a look at the menu and be convinced.
Heading straight to New Wok’s Cooking’s famous chef’s specials, you can immediately see why this Croydon Chinese restaurant is a hit among the halal-abiding community in this part of Greater London. Incredible takes on classics like prawn, chicken or beef vermicelli, and prawn, chicken or beef pat Thai (three concessions to Thai cuisine that marks this place out as one of the city’s finest fusion restaurants) showcase the chef’s inimitable skill with a wok and other tools of the trade. Repaying years of faithful, patient waiting for a sign from the great kitchen in the sky, this is the Chinese restaurant we’ve all been praying for.