Chinese food is having a moment in Madrid, and I love it!
If like me you enjoy the real deal, try “El Winnie”, as it has been baptised by locals. It is so unfiltered Chinese that the name is only displayed in Mandarin. Don’t tell Disney, but pictures of the lovable bear feature everywhere, hence the nickname.
Sichuan food is the speciality, so expect spicy, although you can ask them to hold the chili! I love the dim sum and always order some bao; soft, pillowy steamed dumplings, stuffed with pork, lamb or cabbage. Apart from dim sum, there’s a huge selection of things on skewers, which you choose from a big cabinet. Then order some soupy noodles from the menu, or your make own selection – just pick out what you want, and they will cook it up for you in a delicious hot broth. My favourite dish is cold noodles with peanuts and cucumber in a spicy sauce; it’s really refreshing.
Avoid the lunch crowd by coming before 14:00, when you’ll find mostly Chinese customers, which has to be a good sign. It’s also the perfect place to have a late supper after a movie at the nearby original version cinemas. They have a continuous menu, and it’s cheap – you’d be pushed to spend more than 10€, even including drinks. They do take-away too, and on warm evenings, I love to take my noodles and eat al fresco in the nearby square.