There comes a time when that craving for Chinese food gets the better of you. That’s when you know it’s time to head for a small local restaurant deep in the burbs in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Taiwanese chef Chuck Yang cooks up a storm and steaming hot, freshly prepared dishes are delivered to your table.
The prawn foo yong is a firm favourite. Prawns and vegetables in a tasty sauce nestle under this savoury omelette which is both crispy and fluffy…I need to learn that trick.
The general chicken is one of our favourite Chinese dishes ever. It’s tasty, moist and slightly crunchy and scattered with sesame seeds. Who knows what’s in it – but everyone who tries it falls in love at first taste.
This is the kung po beef, a spicy little number. Watch out for the large pieces of chilli, it’s not advisable to eat a whole one, unless you’re a real chilli die hard.
Sweet and sour pork, a Chinese classic, is done perfectly with crunchy veg and a silken sauce.
Chuck Yang’s food is wonderful and it’s amazingly great value for money, too. Our bill for four people was under R500 (£28) and we had rice and vegetables as well as these four dishes.You can take your own wine which helps keep the bill down, and they don’t even charge for corkage. They’ll supply you with wine glasses, tonight ours were daintily retro.
Don’t expect linen tablecloths and silver service, just great, authentic Chinese food. We like to request the table set behind the bead curtain at the back and sit back and enjoy the freshly prepared dishes from Chuck’s busy wok. He knows what he’s doing!
Chuck Yang’s Speciality Dish is at 93 Campground Road, Rondebosch.