For a very long time, I loved Chinese food. My Chinese food experience came from Indian restaurants in India. Many years later, I got to know that what I love is actually Indian-Chinese cuisine! My favourites in this cuisine are ‘Fried rice’ & ‘Manchurian’.
On New Year day 2014 (yep, that’s not a typo), TH & I were in Helsinki & we visited a Chinese restaurant : Dong Bei Hu – China Tiger. We (especially me) walked into the restaurant very skeptically but it turned out to be a good surprise! The ambience was good, the staff were friendly, restaurant was full but we got a table quickly & the food was tasty. Being an ardent fan of fried rice, I had to try their version. I remember being very pleased with it. It was very different from mine (obviously!)
I never got to go back to that restaurant until last month. In April, we spent a few days in Helsinki for a conference. On the evening the conference ended, TH & I went to celebrate with a dinner at China Tiger.
This time I ordered their fried rice again. By the way, my order is ‘Fried rice with eggs’ in their menu. Taking the meaning too literally, I asked the waitress if she could add vegetables to make it fried rice with egg & vegetables. She told me that even though it doesn’t say, it includes vegetables! So, this is how it looks!
The food was good initially. Both of us loved & shared it but there was a ton of oil in everything. TH & I felt nauseous after our dinner & we are pretty sure the oil is to blame for. We did avoid most of the oil from our food but still it was too much!
So, what can I say about this restaurant? Love it but hate it?
Dong Bei Hu – China Tiger (very near to Southern Esplanade) at Korkeavuorenkatu 47, 00130 Helsinki
+ Friendly staff
+ Tasty food but..
– Very oily food (this time)
The first time we tried in 2014, we had a better experience. I don’t think I will be going back there until about an year or more when I will have forgotten this ‘oily’ experience!
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