High Five best Chinese restaurants for the Chinese New Year

by Dianne Curray
Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia
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Chinese cuisine is an integral element of Chinese culture, with a long history, distinct features, numerous styles, and exquisite cooking. Traditional Chinese dishes are known for their color, aroma, taste, meanings, and appearance. With the long history of Chinese culture integrated in different parts of Southeast Asia, we’ve prepared our High Five best Chinese restaurants for you to try this Chinese New Year!


Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia - Hai Tien Lo Singapore

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Hai Tien Lo – With more than 60 different varieties of dim sum, Hai Tien Lo offers a large buffet. Enjoy the apparently limitless selection of deftly produced dim sum, including Five Spice Rolls, Fried Carrot Cake in Chef’s Signature Homemade XO Chili Sauce, and Chicken Feet with Peanut in Chili Sauce.

They have a carefully curated menu including soups, dim sum, grills, desserts, and savories that includes both classic and contemporary Chinese cuisine. Diners with even the most finicky taste buds can find the ideal meal thanks to the division of the menu into set meals, à la carte, and buffet options.

Hai Tien Lo can be found at 7 Raffles Blvd, and is open from Monday to Sunday.


Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia - Yu Ting Yuan Thailand

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Yu Ting Yuan – Yu Ting Yuan is Thailand’s first Chinese restaurant that made it to the Michelin-starred roster. This sumptuous restaurant combines modern and traditional Chinese architecture. The mirrored pool beyond the large windows comes to life at night under the illumination of modern art.

The Chinese chef has developed a perfected cooking approach with his team over a number of years that emphasizes flavor nuance and strikes the ideal oil balance. The Peking duck is the standout dish, but the dim sum, barbeque, and fresh seafood are also excellent.

Yu Ting Yuan is located at 300/1 Charoen Krung Road, Yan Nawa, 10120 Bangkok, and is open from Monday to Sunday.


Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia - Jing Ze Malaysia

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Jing Ze – If you’re looking for a restaurant that has a great ambiance and offers a variety of food, then Jing Ze should be on your list. When you eat at Jing Ze, it’s like entering the chef-owner Nicholas Scorpion’s private kitchen, where he gets to give you his all-time favorites, each of which was motivated by a special experience he had while traveling and developing his cuisine. Their menu is diverse, with some favorites that will draw in devoted customers time and time again.

Jing Ze is located at No. 22A Ground & Mezzanine Floors, Jalan 17/54, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday.


Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia - Happy Chappy Indonesia

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Happy Chappy – The favorite family-style Chinese eatery on the island is Happy Chappy, which has outlets in Seminyak and Canggu. It’s most well-known for its unique humorous interpretation of Chinese cuisine, which combines traditional Chinese culture with hip and contemporary elements.

Their dishes are straightforward and well-prepared, using fresh, premium ingredients to convey the nostalgic flavor of a family feast from one’s upbringing. Consider traditional honey prawns, gooey dumplings, and sticky Peking duck, all served family-style so you may swap, share, and try everything on the menu!

Happy Chappy has two branches, one at Jl Beraban No. 62, Seminyak and another one at Jl Pantai Berawa No. 8, Canggu. They are open from Monday to Friday.


Chinese Restaurants Southeast Asia - Red Lantern Philippines

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Red Lantern – At Red Lantern, you’ll experience fine dining in a regal atmosphere. Its sleek, contemporary decor creates the ideal setting for upmarket dining of regional Chinese cuisine. The traditional favorites of guests continue to be pecking duck, suckling pig, and of course, fresh seafood such as various varieties of garoupa, crab, and lobster. Your steps will be stopped by the dim sum’s wide variety. A wonderfully lovely experience is further enhanced by the service employees, who are extremely informed, proficient, and professional.

Red Lantern can be found at Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque, and is open from Monday to Sunday.

Have you tried any of these restaurants? What are your other recommendations? Share us in the comments!


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