Sometimes when I tell people I’m half Taiwanese they don’t believe me. I guess because I’m tall and I don’t have particularly Asian features, it doesn’t quite click to people that my heritage is Chinese – and that it actually means a great deal to me. I am so immensely proud of my ancestry and my family history, and while often I can feel disconnected from it, I do relish in traditions and opportunities to immerse myself in the experience and memory.
Chinese New Year is one such occurrence. It arrives early in the year annually, amidst the summer heat and long days. Because I don’t have any family here beyond my parents, it tends to be a celebration with family friends filled with plates and plates of food. When Jeremy’s not working he’s there too, immersing himself into my culture with vigour.
With this year’s Lunar New Year just around the corner, I’ve teamed up with the City of Vincent to shine a spotlight on four different Asian eateries in Northbridge to give you some CNY eating inspo. Whether it’s on February 16th you head there or any other time, the Year of the Dog is as good a reason as any to celebrate with a meal.
Read ahead and keep your eyes peeled for my next posts. Photos by Monica Defendi (aren’t they just gorgeous!).
Nestled at the top end of William Street is The Red Teapot. It’s a long-standing haunt, featuring Northern Chinese cuisine in an intimate setting.
The menu is extensive; offering something for everyone. While I do love noodles, my trip here was centred around smaller share dishes like greens, dumplings, fried squid and the house recommended cumin spiced lamb skewers.
The pricing is really reasonable making it an affordable option that people should consider for lunch or dinner outings. It might be on a main road, but it’s a bit out of the way from the normal strip of venues making it a bit of an unknown destination for many.
The food comes out as it’s ready, which is definitely my preference for dining – it ensures freshness and allows you to tuck in straight away once the first dish hits the table. And they offer take away containers if, like me, you enjoy over-ordering and having leftovers to munch on. It’s good eats and good times: and that’s why The Red Teapot makes my CNY list of Northbridge venues. Check out the shots below which showcase the food and vibe to a tee.
Disclaimer: this is a paid article sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Chinese New Year for 2018.