Three Delicious Side Dishes You Should Try From Your Local Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and not just with the Chinese diaspora. It has become a staple in western countries who appreciate the unique tastes, cooking styles and ingredients that are different from other varieties of takeaway. What many people ignore when ordering from their local Chinese restaurant is to consider the side dishes or entrees! There are many dishes that get forgotten about because they are not mains and that is a shame because often when people do try the sides, they end up liking them even more! Here are three side dishes you should seek out the next time you order form a Chinese restaurant.


Dumplings are one of the most popular side dishes in Chinese cuisine and for a good reason. These delicious morsels of pork, chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian substitutes are cooked to perfection with a variety of different spices and sauces that burst through the dough when you take a bite. Many an appetite has been filled before the main meal has arrived by an unending pile of dumplings, and if you have never tried them before, you are obligated to change that as soon as possible! Once you try dumplings, they will become a staple on any order you make for the foreseeable future.

San Choy Bow

San choy boy has a variety of different spellings and comes in several iterations across Chinese restaurant, but they all have a few things in common. Firstly it is generally a type of mince meat (often beef) that has been cooked in a brown sauce with vegetables and other additives. This piping-hot concoction is then added into a lettuce leaf which is used as sort of a makeshift wrap. It is a simple dish with a homely flavour that is very filling and contains many of the same flavours you anticipate from a Chinese meal. 

Savoury Pancakes

There is no single name that covers all the different types of savoury Chinese pancakes on offer, and you will see it spelt differently with many descriptions on menus across Australia. Basically, Chinese pancakes are actually more reminiscent of a type of unleavened bread and are cooked with dough rather than batter. This gives them a delicious taste when cooked with oil and the many ingredients from lamb to fish create a uniquely textured entree that is unlike anything you have ever tried. It is also very filling, and once you start, it can be hard to stop!  

For more information, reach out to a Chinese restaurant.