Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant 中英 – Chinese Quarter, Birmingham

Free time means blogging time. 😉

Dim sum feast time!!!

The last time I went out to eat dim sum was a week before going to Birmingham! 😂

We went to a Cantonese restaurant which was Miss Wine’s choice, as originally she wanted us to try a Malaysian place a few doors down, but it looked busy and there was nowhere to put Baby B’s pram…

Chung Ying 中英 (Canto: jong ying; Mando: zhong ying) could have several meanings: “Chinese and English”, “Middle of England”, “In England/Britain”. I don’t know what the owners intention was but the name fairly fits in. 😆 It’s located in the middle of Chinese Quarter in Birmingham.

So we had a few minutes wait before going to our table.

And on the menu was KANGAROO! OMG. A Cantonese restaurant selling kangaroo meat. Woah. That was totally unexpected. Did I order any? Of course not!

We all ordered our dishes and dim sum… I think I ordered too much. But it makes up for the evening meal on the train journey. A sandwich for dinner. A feast for lunch the next day. 
I ordered my favourite Shredded Pork Crispy noodles. Practically had the whole plate as the other two didn’t like the mushrooms in it. ¬_¬ Seriously, why do people hate mushrooms?

Miss Pinky had her squid as usual. It was definitely fried differently. A different type of batter. It tasted quite crispy.

Miss Wine ordered the veggie spring rolls… Tasted ok!

Fried prawn balls with thousand sauce on top. Yummilicious!! I could eat these all over again!

Fried beef balls. Very different! Interesting to be honest. I would order these again. ^_^

Some steamed dumplings…

Elks in curry sauce. Yum yum. A bit spicy. Miss Pinky thought they look slimy.

Miss Wine ordered this… Not sure what this was to be honest. Hahahahah.

Miss Pinky had the gizzard / tripe. She loves the stuff.

But she found the ribs not to her liking. I think she thought they were the ones with extra sauce like the ones you get in the American steakhouses. She hardly had any of this… Too bad.

Total came to £52.10. Not too bad for three people. Although I feel like I ordered the majority. Roughly ~£17 each. It’s good. I paid the majority and Miss Pinky the rest. LOL! Treating our host Miss Wine. 😉

My geeky rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

Good points:
– Polite service, one of the waiters even helped me with Baby B’s pram down the stairs even when I said she’s a bit heavy (sorry Baby B 😅)
– Reasonable prices… we apparently chose the ok cheapish dishes on the menu
– Very spacious restaurant
– Food came out reasonably quick… and steaming hot

Bad points:
– Can’t think of any! It just tastes as good as the stuff in London.

Address: 16-18 Wrottesley Street, Birmingham China Town, B5 4RT
Tel: 0121 622 5669

Birmingham Birthday Weekend

Yay! It’s my birthday (well it was on March 25th)! It’s been a long time since I’ve written some long posts, it’s been a tough working life at the moment – I will survive even if my colleagues tell me to take a break, I will do my best to take time off!!
Think Miss Pinky has been feeling neglected since I don’t usually like celebrating my birthday… It’s a tiresome activity having to please others with things they’ve come up with. 😒 Sorry friends and family. Just give me vouchers and money so I can treat myself! 😝
So Miss Pinky really, really wanted to spend some time with me and Baby B, plus one of her uni friends who I have mentioned in this blog (we went to Comic Con with her), but not sure if I gave her a nickname. Hmmm. Miss Wine (because she likes wine a lot!). So we ended up booking train tickets to Birmingham where Miss Pinky’s uni friend lives.

The train journey was from Euston Station to a destination just outside Birmingham central. We took the slow train, well the cheapest option which was over a two hour journey. Miss Pinky forgot to tell me that Baby B can only manage over an hour before she starts a tantrum… ¬_¬”” … We finally got to Birmingham after 11pm, there were a few mishaps along the journey and we had to tell Baby B off a few times. The taxi journey was almost a nightmare. I think Miss Pinky thinks I’m like Mr Picky. We won’t go into the details, but apparently we were cheated by £3 as the driver took us the long route to Miss Wine’s place… Whoops!

We got in and didn’t sleep until 1pm… sleeping arrangements kept changing, but we finally managed to make everyone happy that night. 😁

Next morning we went out for a walk with Miss Wine’s dog, Poppy…

Apparently everytime Miss Pinky visits Miss Wine’s place, they never explore Birmingham. Really?! 😏 Guess I haven’t taught Miss Pinky enough to be more adventurous and to explore a place… So since it was my first time in Birmingham, I really wanted to look at the China Town in Chinese Quarter… And that’s where we went! Miss Wine took us on a drive, we saw the unfinished hospital which was being built by Carillion and went into liquidations. It’s a shame, it looks almost finished… We got stuck in traffic a bit, and saw the slums of Birmingham, the city area reminds me of Hammersmith in London. Concrete and bricks.

Well we got to the Chinese Quarter and walked around a bit… I think it’s a big area, but it could be more utilised with more Chinese businesses. It feels much bigger than the London one but fewer restaurants around. 😐

There was a protest going on that morning and we saw lots of men with banners… It seemed like a working class era protest, whereas in London we see more of the protests against war and new laws which don’t benefit the lower classes of society.

Anyway, at this point we stopped off for food which I will write in a separate post.

After lunch (and dinner) we went for a walk in The Bullring, which has been around since the c.1100’s.

The building below is the new shopping centre…

Next we walked a bit further to the older Victorian looking buildings…

Can you spot who Miss Pinky, Baby B and Miss Wine are? 😆

Street artists are everywhere!!

Finally it was time to head back. Had a great time exploring the city (the day before my birthday)… I couldn’t ask for a better birthday present to be honest.

We stayed a few more hours in Birmingham on my birthday before we took the fast train back home (I even got a birthday cake, a mini chocolate one).

I think Miss Pinky has established that I can’t do two tasks at once. I’ve become a non-multitasker before and after holidays! 😫

It was a nice weekend away from the main stresses of life with Baby B (who tried her best to behave), Miss Pinky (who forgot about life) and Miss Wine (who just wanted a rest). Hahahahaha!!

✌ Peace out!