Not a lot of op­tions for Chi­nese cui­sine in Kyiv

Kyiv Post - - Business - BY DARIA SHULZHENKO SHULZHENKO@KYIVPOST.COM

Chi­nese cui­sine is rightly fa­mous for mix­ing a range of dif­fer­ent fla­vors in one dish: pineap­ple with fatty pork, chicken with sweet and sour sauce, or shrimp with gar­lic and co­conut. Chi­nese cui­sine is found in ev­ery ma­jor city and in a lot of mi­nor ones as well.

The Kyiv Post checked out some of the best Chi­nese restau­rants in the cap­i­tal.

Bao

Opened in 2015, this restau­rant of­fers a less spicy and fatty ver­sion. The menu, de­vel­oped by a chef of Columbian ori­gin, Hec­tor JimenezBravo, of­fers soups, seafood, meat, noo­dles, desserts and veg­e­tar­ian dishes. Meat lovers should try the tra­di­tional Pek­ing duck, made with the chef’s spe­cial se­cret recipe. Bao’s range of veg­e­tar­ian dishes in­clude Chi­nese ravi­oli dim sums, spring rolls and ro­maine let­tuce rolls with mango, av­o­cado and spicy peanut sauce.

Bao greets its vis­i­tors with a mod­ern chic look. The two-floor restau­rant has seats for up to 120 vis­i­tors as well as a spa­cious sum­mer ter­race. The restau­rant in­cludes four sep­a­rate rooms, and has a tra­di­tional Chi­nese ban­quet ta­ble that can seat up to 42 peo­ple.

Bao po­si­tions it­self as a pre­mium class restau­rant, with prices rang­ing from Hr 300–600 per dish. The restau­rant also of­fers four-course lunches for Hr 349, Mon — Fri, 12–17 p.m.

Prices: Pek­ing duck full — Hr 1,377, fried rice with seafood — Hr 439, golden crispy lob­ster bites — Hr 397, red dim sum with crab­meat — Hr 477.

BAO (14/1 Mech­nykova St.) 12 p.m.— 12 a.m. +38067 693 9898

Ki­tayskiy Privet

Lo­cated at the bot­tom of Afanasyev Yar, the restau­rant has a mod­ern Asian café look, sur­rounded by bam­boo sprouts and bushes. Opened in Au­gust 2016, the venue soon be­came pop­u­lar for its tra­di­tional Chi­nese chicken in sweet and sour sauce, to­gether with its ex­otic ap­pe­tiz­ers — fried crick­ets and mag­gots.

Ki­tayskiy Privet of­fers plenty of tra­di­tional Chi­nese dishes, in­clud­ing Pek­ing pork, prawn crack­ers, beef soups and oth­ers, pre­pared by Chi­nese chef Xiang Wen­sheng. The restau­rant has a num­ber of op­tions for those who rel­ish hot and spicy food, such as hot-sauce duck, spicy beans with shiitake mush­rooms, and hot soups with beef or chicken. The cur­rent spe­cial of­fer in­cludes var­i­ous fruit bowls, al­co­hol and non-alco- holic cock­tails, as well as its fa­mous Hong Kong waf­fles, which come in two fla­vors: choco­late and vanilla.

The white walls of the restau­rant are dec­o­rated with a num­ber of bright neon signs, and a three-me­ters-high sculpture of cat greets vis­i­tors. There is live pi­ano mu­sic ev­ery Thurs­day.

Ki­tayskiy Privet’s color­ful menu is also in three lan­guages: Ukrainian, Chi­nese and Rus­sian.

Prices: Vanilla Hong Kong waf­fle — Hr 125, shrimp chips — Hr 60, chicken in sweet and sour sauce — Hr 100, spicy beans with shiitake mush­rooms — Hr 125.

Ki­tayskiy Privet (7 Ivana Franka St.) 12–11 p.m. +38095 556 9977

Ki­tai

Es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 2015, the two-floor restau­rant fea­tures lux­u­ri­ous fur­ni­ture com­bined with Chi­nese red pa­per lanterns. The venue also of­fers out­door ta­bles for its guests.

Pek­ing duck is among its most pop­u­lar dishes, with its crispy skin and juicy meat in­side. Ki­tai also of­fers a se­lec­tion of Chines teas, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional green tea, cit­rus with saf­fron, or mint tea for Hr 70.

Be­sides Chi­nese food, the restau­rant also serves some Thai dishes, such as tra­di­tional tom yam hot and sour soup. How­ever, staff say the menu is about to be changed, so some items might not be avail­able for much longer. The lunchtime meal deal in­cludes two cour­ses and a drink for Hr 133, Mon — Fri, 12:12– 16:16 p.m.

Prices: Rice with chicken and shrimps — Hr 188, spring roll with eel — Hr 155, pork or chicken with pineap­ples — Hr 155, eg­g­plant with tofu — Hr 155.

Ki­tai (29 Vy­ach­eslava Ch­er­no­vola St.) 10 a.m.— 11 p.m. +38098 177 977

Jiu Long

One of the old­est Chi­nese restau­rants in Kyiv — Jiu Long (nine drag- ons) — is prob­a­bly the best choice for those look­ing for au­then­tic Chi­nese food. Lo­cated in a court­yard across the boule­vard from Univer­sitet metro sta­tion, the venue boasts an as­sort­ment of more than 250 dishes, in­clud­ing beef and pork with hot sauces, crispy fried tofu, shrimp with pineap­ple, Gong Bao shrimp balls, seafood soups and stewed young bam­boo in but­ter sauce. For dessert, try the fried litchi with caramel, or Chi­nese pump­kin pan­cakes.

The restau­rant has two floors, with five halls seat­ing al­most 130 peo­ple.

Prices: Chicken with sweet and hot sauce — Hr 190, Gong Bao shrimp balls — Hr 215, fried shrimps — Hr 215, fried oc­to­pus — Hr 178, ap­ples with caramel — Hr 80.

Jiu Long (46V Taras Shevchenko Blvd.) 11 a.m.— 11 p.m. +38044 235 7350

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, a restau­rant with tasty food and a sim­ple de­sign, is best known for its Pek­ing duck and carp in soy sauce. The venue also of­fers typ­i­cal Chi­nese Sichuan veal and pork with fish fla­vor. One can also try snake vodka or wine, a tra­di­tional Chi­nese al­co­hol in­fused with whole snakes. Veg­e­tar­i­ans can ex­pe­ri­ence home­made tofu with veg­eta­bles, roasted wood mush­rooms, bam­boo shoots sautéed with mush­rooms, or seafood with veg­eta­bles.

Bruce Lee has a spe­cial Happy Hour of­fer: two dishes for the price of one from Mon­day to Fri­day, 3–6 p.m. Food de­liv­ery is also avail­able.

Prices: Crispy duck with sweet and sour sauce — Hr 188, pork in gar­lic sauce — Hr 138, tiger prawns in spicy sauce — Hr 368, fried milk — Hr 78.

Bruce Lee (55 Zhylian­ska St.) 10 a.m.— 11 p.m. +380044 360 7060

Chefs of the Chi­nese restau­rant Bao in Kyiv cook tra­di­tional Chi­nese ravi­oli dim sums on Aug. 28. (Oleg Pe­tra­siuk)

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