Authentic and cheap Chinese restaurants in Chinatown in Milan
Chinatown is probably my absolute favorite neighborhood in Milan, you know it well by now. Over the years I have eaten in practically all the places along Via Paolo Sarpi and in those hidden in the small side streets. I can say with some pride that I have really experienced everything and it is very difficult that something has escaped me!
My favorite restaurants are authentic and authentic Chinese taverns, those where most Italians do not want to try and frequented exclusively by the Chinese community, rustic, no frills and offering traditional cuisine characterized by good, abundant dishes (perfect for sharing) and above all not expansive.
After a lot of wandering around (and introducing you to Chinese pastry shops and places to have a real Chinese breakfast) I decided to make a list of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown that I liked the most and where I always go back with pleasure. If you are tired of the usual tips and of always going to eat in the same places, this list is for you!
Noodles & Soups
Noodles & Soups is a restaurant on two floors where you can eat among the best lamian in Chinatown: the menu offers them both in broth and sautéed in the wok. The noodles are freshly prepared at the moment, it is up to you to decide the format, whether wheat or rice.
Gelsomino restaurant pays particular attention to fish, seafood and shellfish: on the menu you will find over one hundred different dishes, most of which are based on fish. Perfect for big feasting.
Shi Yunjia restaurant reserves great surprises for dumplings lovers: here you will find many, grilled or steamed, abundant, artisanal and simply delicious. Do not miss the Chinese calzone with chives and the Tianjing crepe (stuffed with spicy beef and spiced with cumin), mouth-watering!
Chifa restaurant offers Yunnan cuisine, a singular territory home to countless minorities. Here the unusual recipes, tasty and with great historical value such as the iconic "crossing the bridge noodles", served in a choreographed way with all the condiments enclosed in small wooden boxes.
Xian is a restaurant specializing in the cuisine of the city of Xi'an, located in central China and the easternmost point of the Silk Road route.
Do not miss rou jia mou (artisan sandwich filled with spiced meat cooked for a long time) and langpi (special elastic and slightly thick noodles served cold as an appetizer).
At Hong Ni you can indulge yourself in tasting roasted skewers (chuan), spicy, succulent and a little spicy, typical of the street food of northern China. The rare river prawns are excellent and can also be tasted raw.
If you are at the beginning of experimenting with rustic and authentic Chinese places, in my opinion Jin Yong is a good place to start. Here, authentic cuisine is offered with dishes also appreciated by Italians, such as homemade noodles with garlic sauce, the house's special dumplings, aubergines stuffed with meat or pans of fire (fish or vegetables only).
Wencheng restaurant, in its rustic simplicity, offers decidedly tasty and abundant dishes, perfect for big feasting. Unforgettable are the dan dan noodles, as well as the stewed aubergines with meat or the famous raw crab.
Xin Fu Ji
Do you love spicy Sichuan cuisine and bowls of fire? Then at Xin Fu Ji you will have a great time. Among the many courses, I recommend the scented wok with tofu and mushrooms, aubergines, crab and various meat skewers.
Another place where you can enjoy excellent noodles in broth is certainly Deliziosa Rosticceria. The various "snacks" are also very good, including dumplings and cong you bing (Chinese salted pancake with fermented vegetables).
Specializing in street food in Rui'an (Zhejiang city), the Houjie 后街 restaurant offers delicious skewers of meat and / or vegetables, claypot (a type of earthenware cooking typical of Hong Kong) and extraordinary homemade dumplings served on the hot plate.
Wang Jiao offers a variety of Hong Kong and Sichuan dishes. Do not miss the fire bowls (excellent that of squid, salt and pepper) and the "sautéed in a barrel", a particular double cooking of foods (steam and braising) which are served in a wooden barrel - on the bottom there are boiling stones that are used to keep the dish warm.
Hua Cheng restaurant offers typical Zhejiang cuisine: in addition to a list of widely known dishes, here you can try excellent steamed or grilled dumplings and delicious hand-rolled noodles, all rigorously homemade.