When it comes to food, Bristol's always been a real melting pot, but one of the predominant cuisines has always been Chinese. It's the same in lots of cities with docks like London and Liverpool, where Chinese communities sprang up several generations ago. But where Bristol wins out over the others is in the sheer choice and quality of its Chinese restaurants – and here are five of the very best of them.
1. Wok to Walk
Where better to start than somewhere that wields one of the wildest woks in Bristol? Come along to Wok to Walk and you'll be able to create thousands of different combinations on a base of no less than four different kinds of noodles - egg, rice, wholewheat or udon - or jasmine or whole grain rice. Everything's beautifully cooked to order using the freshest ingredients and there's even a vegan option, too.
2. Cathay Rendezvous
Before you even get to the food, you can't fail to be impressed by the surroundings. The building dates back to the 18th century and was England's first ever purpose-built library. It's a favourite with stars of the stage performing at the Old Vic or the Hippodrome and their signed photos line the walls. But the real stars are on the menu with stand-out dishes being lobster with ginger and spring onion, pork chop in black pepper and honey sauce and king prawns Szechuan-style.
3. Wongs Chinese Restaurant
Wongs may have been named one of best British takeaways by chef Tom Kerridge on the BBC this year but it's a pretty unbeatable experience if you decide to eat in instead. They promise to bring you specialities from all of the eight main culinary regions of China so expect food from Shandong and Beijing as well as the more common Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines. Highlights include the chilli-boiled sea bass and the Sichuan Mala beef, both of which were singled out by Tom Kerridge when he sampled them on TV.
Bauhinia is the perfect choice if some of your party fancy Chinese but others like the sound of Thai, Japanese or Malaysian more. Among the favourites from the Chinese side of the menu are starters like deep-fried spring rolls filled with shredded vegetables and served with sweet chilli dipping sauce or dumplings filled with minced pork and served with a ginger dip. For mains, why not try the crispy chilli beef or a classic sweet and sour chicken that comes with fresh pineapple and peppers?
5. Zero Degrees
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You might have to go quite a long way down the menu at Zero Degrees to find the Chinese influence - but it's there. it also represents one of the more unusual examples of fusion cooking with its combination of pizza and Peking duck. The aromatic duck is combined with spring onions, crisp tortillas and sweet hoisin sauce on a dough base to create a meal that's just as delicious as putting together the classic pancakes yourself, but a lot less work!
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