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30 Jun, 2009

Happy Gathering (好相逢)

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Chinese Food|United Kingdom

Two days after Chris and Christine’s visit to Cardiff, our friend, kw, came all the way from Leeds to visit us in Cardiff. So here we go again, this time being more skilled and experienced in guiding friends around Cardiff.

A souvenir shop which is located across the Cardiff Castle.

Since our friend was craving for Chinese food, we decided to visit Happy Gathering as many friends have recommended this restaurant to us. We read from their website that the restaurant was voted as Britain’s number one Chinese restaurant in year 2007 by The Times. The restaurant is located in Cowbridge Road, it takes about 15 minutes walk from the Cardiff Castle.

A photo of a statue taken at the entrance of the restaurant.

The interior of the restaurant was clean, pleasant and comfortable. A piano can be seen from the left corner of the photo. The restaurant has 250 seating capacity, as seen from their website.

Our turnip cake (XO酱萝卜糕) arrived shortly we placed our order. Priced at £2.50, we find this fried carrot cake rather delicious. The outer layer is nice and crispy and it was pillow soft on the inside. The turnip cake would have been perfect if it is less oily.

We hardly have dim sum without having pork dumplings (鱼子蒸烧卖). Priced at £2.50, we find this shaomai rather delicious, it was large and generously filled with sweet and juicy pork meat. A highly recommended dish!

Priced at £3, the har gao aka prawn dumplings (相逢虾饺皇) were as good as the pork dumplings. The fillings were dense and rich in fresh and crunchy prawns, it was juicy and succulent. The skin a little too thick to our liking but nevertheless tasted delicious overall.

The rice noodle roll filled with pork (蜜汁叉烧肠粉) was quite good too. Priced at £3.30, the Hong Kong style chee cheong fun was generously stuffed with delicious char siu. Having the same problem as the har gao, we found the skin of the rice noodle roll a tad too thick.

We also had steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaf wrap (糯米鸡). It tasted rather decent, filled with Chinese sausage, chicken, pork and etc. But then again, it was on the oily side.

Kw had a braised beef noodles (牛腩汤面) for £6.50. We were quite surprise to see the serving of this noodle this large. Though kw had a great appetite, he couldn’t manage to finish it. Large chunks of beef slices were served and our friend claimed that the main course tasted nice and authentic.

The serving of the char siu rice (叉烧饭) which ys had was also enormous. The roasted pork was moist and flavourful and it went well with the rice. Priced at £6.50, we think that it was a good order.

The fried yee mee noodles (干烧伊面) which was priced at £6.50 was value for money. The large serving of noodles was soft and full of flavour and the shredded mushrooms complemented the noodles very well. We were too full to finish the noodles and the proprietor of the restaurant was really nice and friendly and gave us a box to pack the leftovers home for supper.

Overall, food was very good in the restaurant. It is hard to find authentic Chinese restaurants in the UK and we’re really grateful that we have found one in Cardiff. Service was extremely good and the staffs were nice and polite. We would definitely go back for more!

Restaurant Information
233 Cowbridge Road East
Cardiff CF11 9AL,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 02920397531

19 Responses to "Happy Gathering (好相逢)"

1 | sc

June 30th, 2009 at 12:41 am

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good that you manage to find decent chinese food over there :) though the char siew looks rather artificial red.. hehe

2 | foodbin

June 30th, 2009 at 1:52 am

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have not eaten lor mai fun in lotus wrap for a long time-the har kow with a transculent skin looks generous sized and tasty.

3 | Selba

June 30th, 2009 at 2:01 am

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The inside of the restaurant (decor, tables, chairs) is so similiar with the "old" common Chinese restaurants here in Jakarta :)

4 | SimpleGirl

June 30th, 2009 at 2:32 am

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wow,,,,,authentic chinese food in UK….so cool…the lo mai kai looks really good…made me craving for one now…

5 | ai wei

June 30th, 2009 at 2:34 am

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haha, kinda like the name for this place. sounds like a good place for gathering.

hmmm, not bad wer, the har gao crystal skin is quite thin and i can see the prawn inside. just… if wanna convert back to RM, that will be super expansive. ^^

6 | ♥-wanyi-♥

June 30th, 2009 at 3:29 am

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照片的质素好好噢~
让我怀念起马来西亚的点心了
呵呵

7 | mimid3vils

June 30th, 2009 at 4:51 am

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Definitely can cure ur homesick when u having dim sum :)

8 | thenomadGourmand

June 30th, 2009 at 8:29 am

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mhahaah.. gd ole dim sum!! Luvv it alwiz! And gd to knw got GOOD msian food there!

9 | Sugar Bean

June 30th, 2009 at 10:51 am

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sc, yeah, we're so glad to find an authentic Chinese restaurant in Cardiff. We were not used to the colour at first, but later realised that most char siew in the UK are very red.

foodbin, hehe, do indulge yourself with steamed glutinous rice in lotus leaf wrap, there are many good ones in Malaysia. Yeah, the har gao was very large and delicious. ^^

Selba, yeah, the interior of the restaurant did remind us of a rather traditional interior of a Chinese restaurant.

SimpleGirl, yup, so happy that there's a good Chinese restaurant in Cardiff. No worries, there are lots of restaurants offering dim sum and lo mai kai in Malaysia, I'm sure you can satisfy your cravings in no time!

ai wei, hehe, I do agree that the name is a good one. And the har gao was very delicious, just that the skin was a little thick. Haha, yeah, everything is so expensive when converted to RM.

♥-wanyi-♥, 我们也很怀念马来西亚的点心,所以才去吃点心。我相信国外很多地方都有点心,一定可以吃到!:)

mimid3vils, haha, at first quite home sick, but I think we've gotten used to it. Felt really happy to have good dim sum instead of feeling home sick. ^^

thenomadGourmand, yeah, dim sum is always good, guess it's everyone's favourite. Yup, very happy to find a decent Chinese restaurant in Cardiff! :)

10 | Little Inbox

July 1st, 2009 at 12:36 am

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I guess most of the time most of you will thinking of Chinese food, after consuming those Western food.

11 | Precious Pea

July 1st, 2009 at 3:09 am

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What a lovely meal! I tot that was Beef Stew dish (where is the rice???) Haha.

12 | Shell (貝殼)

July 1st, 2009 at 7:43 am

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the turnip cake (XO酱萝卜糕)very small portion leh..not enough for me^^

13 | 嘉CacinG進

July 1st, 2009 at 10:02 am

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虾饺啊啊啊啊啊~~~~最爱!!

看来在外国开店,但味道好像有 keep 水准的哦!呵呵~ 不错!

怪不到被 Vote 第一啦!

14 | J2Kfm

July 1st, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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funny when one's over here, one does not crave for chinese food,
but when surrounded by western elements all around,
a chinese restaurant, no matter how authentic or not, is pleasing to the eyes, the palate, and the soul. :)

15 | Hazza

July 1st, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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I have never seen fried turnip cake done like this before in the UK. Good price too!

16 | Sugar Bean

July 1st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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Little Inbox, haha, you're really right. Good Chinese food can lessen the feeling of homesickness. And it's a need to have Chinese food once in a while. :)

Precious Pea, it does look like a beef stew dish, without rice but with noodles, haha!

Shell (貝殼), the serving of the turnip cake looks quite small in the photo but in fact, it was quite large and very filling! :)

嘉CacinG進, 看来虾饺是很多人的最爱。真得很好吃!对,这家餐厅的水准真的很高,名不虚传!

J2Kfm, haha, yeah, you're so right! Guess it gave us a sense of belonging and homely feeling. We're always happy to have Chinese food, surrounded by Chinese style interiors, definitely cheer the day up!

Hazza, the turnip cake was quite delicious. Not too sure but we suppose they have it in Manchester too. Yup, the price was quite reasonable.

17 | 550ml jar of faith

July 2nd, 2009 at 6:34 am

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Hey what does the pork there taste like? The reason I ask is down under in Oz/NZ, the pork dim sum never sits well with me because of the pork's pungent!

18 | 潇洒走一回(少俊)

July 2nd, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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Wow DimSum!!!!!!! i would like to go HK again for dimsum~

19 | Sugar Bean

July 3rd, 2009 at 11:06 pm

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550ml jar of faith, I understand what you mean but I don't think we have this problem here. Is it that bad in Australia and New Zealand? In our opinion, the dim sum is fine. :)

潇洒走一回(少俊), wow, you miss Hong Kong's dim sum so much? It must have been very tasty. Would love to visit Hong Kong for good dim sum too!

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