citi zen …

sunday the 10th of february 2013 marked the beginning of the chinese new year (also known as the spring festival or the lunar new year) so tempting palates thought it was only natural to indulge in chinese cuisine to help celebrate. yum cha style.

the destination? the citi zen chinese restaurant at 401 king william street, adelaide. (they moved from their former premises which was across the road. they are now in what used to be the brecknock hotel – an irish pub.)

Citi Zen Chinese on Urbanspoon

we were booked for the 11am – 1pm run of yum cha. (they also have a 1pm – 3pm run). the place got full pretty quickly. i guess everyone had the same idea as us.

yum cha is an interesting (and fun) way to dine. trolleys of dishes come to your table, courtesy of the waiting staff who are fitted with headsets, and you pick what you’d like. citi zen have a wide variety of dishes – they have more than 90.

i have tried my best to remember the names of the dishes that we ate …

fried bean curd wraps –

siew mai –

fried squid –

bbq pork buns –

there was one dish, so easily recognisable, that i wasn’t game enough to try. even though one of my new year’s resolutions this year was to try something new – i drew the line at chicken feet. ugh!

we had a few dessert dishes too.

pudding –

chinese new year cake –

i lost track of how many dishes we had but it was good chinese food. it’s worth giving this place a go if you haven’t already been. if you are not comfortable with using chopsticks you can ask for cutlery :) the restaurant area is large and spacious and the decor is beautiful. grand even. it’s family friendly and a good venue for group lunches or dinners. just make sure that you book.

may the coming new year bring you joy, love and peace.
yuàn xīnnián wèi nǐ dàilái kuàilè, yǒu’ài hé níngjìng.

“when i’m at a chinese restaurant having a hard time with chopsticks, i always hope that there’s a chinese kid at an american restaurant somewhere who’s struggling mightily with a fork.” ~ rick budinich


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