There are certain dishes/ingredients that, when promoted together, create a certain unease in anyone’s mind (unless you’re Blumenthal), like ice cream and snails; or perhaps the cuisine of a restaurant being simultaneously Chinese and Fish & Chips. However, to be entirely clichéd, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, nor a restaurant for its raggedy exterior, as New Kwun Wah turned out to be quite the pleasant surprise.
Location: New Kwun Wah, Isle of Dogs, London
Camera: iPhone 6
The place very much reminded me of a Chinese take-away I once went to in Launceston, Tasmania: the simple interior engulfed in emptiness, at times interrupted by a client whose visit was so devoid of life and automated that New Kwun Wah could have easily been a study in post industrial landscape.
As Kai conversed with the staff in Cantonese, it was quickly apparent that this was a proper Chinese restaurant – in the dreaded idea of authenticity and the hopeful promise of recipes passed down from generation to generation.
The food really exceeded expectations: it was all incredibly delicious, and it came in such big proportions (especially for such a cheap price). The ingredients were well balanced and the flavours were top notch: the ma po tofu for example, slightly spicy, with sauce that was not overpowering but complementary with the other ingredients in the dish. Anyone living in the area should give this place a try.