When you think of Chinese food, what springs to mind? No doubt it's the classic favourites: stir-fried dishes, sweet and sour, moreish crispy seaweed and tasty snacks such as prawn toasts, spring rolls and others. Barbecue, on the other hand, conjures up images of burgers and sausages in the back garden, but if you haven't tried it Chinese-style - beautiful roasted dishes - you're missing out!
At China Palace, next to ExCel exhibition centre, our roasted dishes are firm favourites amongst our guests. The food you'll find at our Chinese restaurant is all authentic but with a huge amount of variety - there's something for everyone, even those who aren't huge fans of the most popular Chinese dishes. So, if you're looking to try something new on your next visit, how about one of these choices? They're all made fresh every single day of the week, and our chef has over 20 years of experience. They're a labour of love and there's limited availability each day - these four dishes really are truly special. Every single one is cooked in our special roast duck ovens, which roast our meats to perfection every single day of the week.
1. Roasted duck
With its combination of succulent, meltingly tender flesh and crispy skin that's packed full of flavour, it's no wonder that our roasted duck (choose from half or a whole duck) is so popular! After being marinated in spices and vinegar overnight, the duck's roasted to perfection...it's a thing of beauty!
2. Roast pork
This roasted pork belly is a truly decadent dish, meltingly tender pork meat and the crisp, crunchy crackling on the top are a winning combination. Cut into squares and served with sweet, thick dipping sauces, it's an indulgent treat that's packed full of flavour.
3. Char Siu
Char Siu is probably the best known Chinese barbecue dish: pork tenderloin marinated in a mix of honey, soy sauce, hoisin, brown sugar and more. Our guests love its aromatic flavours.
4. Suckling pig
Here in the UK, roasted suckling pig conjures up images of medieval banquets and it's a special treat in China too - it's a popular choice for parties and weddings where the pig represents the purity of the bride, and the red colour of the crackling is said to bring good luck. It really is a treat you'll never forget - the pig is stuffed with a fragrant marinade and the skin coated in a vinegar-based seasoning that gives it a lovely crispy crunch. It's roasted in the oven before being hung on a spit over a large flame for perfectly even cooking, and has to be tasted to be believed.
There is a wide range of events coming up at the Excel Centre such as The Cleaning Show, The Wedding Fair, The Golf Show, The B2B Marketing Expo and The International Food and Drink Event. These are just a few of the many future events happening at the centre. So, if you're visiting London Excel in the next few weeks, come and pay us a visit at Excel West. Whether or not it's your first experience of Chinese roasted dishes, we guarantee that it won't be your last.