Chinese food seems to be something which we all secretly like to indulge in on occasion. Reddies Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway is a fantastic little Chinese restaurant located in the Kenridge Centre on the Tygervalley road. This unpretentious restaurant serves home-style Chinese food in the heart of the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. The restaurant is always busy with regulars, who swear that this is the best Chinese food in the area. Many people eat there at least once a week – they seem to crave Chinese from Reddies, and I’m starting to wonder if theres some secret ingredient in the food that draws you back …
Actually, I think the secret ingredient is Reddi herself. This charming doyenne warmly welcomes you into her kingdom, making you feel right at home. This is an authentic family business that serves delicious food based on family recipes. You are served by members of her family, and her husband and son cook enthusiastically in the kitchen. The restaurant is small and often packed with people, many of whom Reddi greets by name, something that I always take for a great sign.
If you do go there for dinner, go hungry, because everything is good and the portions big. Start with some of their delicious sushi. The sumptuous Rainbow Roll – fresh veggies, wrapped in sticky rice and draped with succulent salmon and tuna. Have a few pieces of the Maki, with its dark norri surrounding an avocado or cucumber heart. Then try a soup, Chicken Sweet Corn soup being a resounding hit, is delicate and slightly sweet. For a fiery punch, try the Hot and Sour Soup with its range of flavors, or the light and refreshing Wonton Soup, which is my personal favorite.
For mains, order a selection and share, so that you can all sample some of Reddies delicious dishes. Chicken with Cashew Nuts, or the drama of Sizzling Beef being resounding crowd pleasers. Try the complex umami flavor of Chicken with black bean sauce. The portions are big, and not as oily as fast food from most of the places I’ve tried in the past. The beef was sweet and salty, with depth and a great umami taste. The Chicken Chow Mein was also delicious, with shredded chicken, strips of carrot and delicately flavored noodles.
For dessert, refreshing Chinese green tea and Bowties are the perfect light finale. For something a bit more indulgent however, try their Sticky Caramel Banana, with the caramel set in iced water at the table, then drizzled in sesame seeds.
Reddies is the perfect place for an informal night out in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Reddies is open till 10pm and the damage is around R 150 a head for starters mains and dessert, excluding wine.