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Fly in for lunch at Wing’s

If you’re looking for quick, casual lunchtime dining then head over to Wing’s Dai Pai Dong in the Arndale Market.

Published on December 13th 2006.

Fly in for lunch at Wing’s

Try and say ‘dai pai dong’ without descending into a ridiculous Chinese accent. Go on, I challenge you.

Traditionally a dai pai dong (you’re doing it now aren’t you) is a type of open air food stall once very popular in Hong Kong, characterised by its untidy atmosphere and lack of air conditioning. Thanks to the ever trusty Wikipedia for that information.

Wing’s Dai Pai Dong in Manchester Arndale market is neither untidy, nor does it have any noticeable air conditioning issues. But it does have a busy, bustling atmosphere and a touch of Hong Kong about it. Thankfully though, there’s no dog on the menu - as far as I’m aware.

Roast Duck with Rice

I was having lunch with my friend Cat yesterday, so hearing about this place through another friend I suggested that we try it out. Immediately I was worried. Cat’s a bit posh you see, definitely a lady who lunches, and not really one who frequents the Arndale Market too often to do so. I hadn’t really thought this through.

What Cat didn’t know was that the Manchester Arndale has undertaken a bajillion pound refurbishment (figures are approximate) and is virtually unrecognisable from its former self. Click here for a full report on the new market. For those of you who don’t know, it’s clean, quirky, and doesn’t smell of fish.

Char Sui in Vermicelli Soup

Wing’s Dai Pai Dong is situated on the edge of the food hall, the first eatery that you come to after entering the market from the new Winter Garden section of the Arndale.

The baby brother of the acclaimed Wing’s Cantonese restaurant in Lincoln Square, the Dai Pai Dong follows a similar format to Yo Sushi, with high chairs arranged around a

long island table, and a conveyor belt travelling round transporting small plates of sushi and dim sum underneath diners’ noses. It all looks very flash, I must say.

We helped ourselves to a portion of delicately flavoured cuttle fish nigiri (£2.50) from the conveyor belt while we looked at the menu. Wing’s Dai Pai Dong serves a selection of Cantonese, Thai and Japanese dishes, so there’s something for everyone. To have a look at the menu, click here.

We decided on a selection of Thai and Hong Kong style dim sum to share, as well as a main dish each. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake, as the low prices deceived me into thinking that the main dishes were smaller than they actually are. I chose Char Sui in Vermicelli Soup (£4.50), while Cat went for Roast Duck with rice (£3.50). Both delicious and very filling.

The dim sum that we chose from the extensive pick n’ mix selection were Thai style Satay chicken skewers, steamed beef dumplings, and Thai style spring rolls. The dim sum are priced per piece, with most pieces costing 60p each, which means that you can order as many or as few as you like.

Service was quick and very friendly, and the clientele is mixed, with a range of shoppers, students and office workers.

Wings Dai Pai Dong is a great option for a quick lunch or snack, and I’m sure will become more and more popular as more diners catch on. Even lunching lady Cat said that she would be back. Result.

For more information on Wings Dai Pai Dong, click here to visit the website.

Jayne Robinson

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