When it comes to the sheer variety that one cuisine can provide it's hard to beat Chinese. From rice to noodles, dim sum to stir fry and from roast duck to chow mein, you'll find that there's a far wider choice than you'll get, for example, with an Indian curry and rice. We're also lucky in Edinburgh to have a great choice of restaurants to enjoy – and here are just five of the very best.
Our gyoza are making friends! When we read a Jay Rayner article in the @guardian a couple of weeks back about the best dumplings in Edinburgh we simply had to have them. Unable to take time away from our own gyoza to head up there the legends at Chop Chop sent us some down! Check out their cheeky mini pork and coriander dumplings, so cute we could just eat them! (We just ate them). : : #rainbo #rainbofood #chopchop #chopchopedinburgh #gyoza #dumplings #camden #camdenmarket #asianstreetfood #japanesesoulfood
Since it opened in Haymarket in 2006, Chop Chop has become an Edinburgh institution and by 2008 it had been voted Best Chinese Restaurant in Scotland. Every year since 2010, it has also been awarded an AA Rosette for excellence. Founded by Jian Wang, the restaurant is rightly famed for its delicious dumplings and noodles that are all made on the premises. Every year, Jian also returns to China in search of new and exciting dishes to add to the menu – so there's always a surprise or two in store.
2. Dai Pai
The street food phenomenon that's swept the country is the inspiration behind Dai Pai, which you'll find on Nicholson Street just near the university. The menu's fairly short and sweet and includes a novel take on fusion food too with the sushirrito, which combines the Mex element of the burrito, Japanese sushi and Chinese flavours like chilli chicken and grilled tofu. There are also a great range of noodle and rice dishes to explore including their finger-licking great BBQ Chinese Ribs.
3. Cool Jade
Over in the New Town near to Murrayfield and Edinburgh Zoo, Cool Jade is proud to announce itself as being Tripadvisor's No. 1 Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh. Run by Tracy Chu and her staff, the food's just as fantastic as the welcome you'll receive. As well as all the favourites you'd expect like crispy duck and sweet and sour treats, their signature dishes include Spicy Lar Chee, Spicy Kwei Chui and Sizzling Chui Chui, which is sure to turn heads as it arrives at your table.
4. Fusion Gourmet
Another old town favourite, Fusion Gourmet is a restaurant where authenticity is key and you'll find many dishes that more "traditional" styles of Chinese restaurant overlook. Examples of these include Chef's Specials like Pig's Knuckles in Ginger and Vinegar Sauce and Preserved Eggs with Tofu and Spring Onions perfect for a traditional Chinese celebration. Of course, there are also all of the usual dishes that you'd expect to find too but a visit is certainly a great chance to go a little off-piste with your choices.
5. Karen's Unicorn
In the New Town, just near the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the unusually named Karen's Unicorn brings you the very best of Cantonese cuisine The essence of their approach is to put the flavours of the ingredients to the fore with an emphasis on combining local produce with traditional Chinese cooking methods. House specialities include salty and spicy squid and steamed sea bass in a black bean sauce – but, luckily, unicorn's nowhere to be found on the menu.
Remember, it's always a good time for a Chinese, especially when Deliveroo's here to bring it straight to your door.