Rich, diversified, and utterly flavorsome; there’s no doubt why Chinese cuisine is one of the top favorites for diners seeking a culinary experience of fine taste. Located at Le Meridien Cairo Airport, China Red has ticked all the boxes of creating an authentic experience of Chinese gastronomy and rich culture. As we stepped in, we paused to notice the interior design with red as a prominent color, which in Chinese culture symbolizes long life, vitality, luck, and happiness. The restaurant brings together contemporary elegance with the warmth of old tradition, and with old Chinese music playing in the background, the whole ambiance creates a little China in the heart of Cairo.
As we got greeted and seated by the friendly and hospitable team, we have to admit that we took our own sweet time deciding and selecting from a wide array of appetizers and entrees, soups, and main courses until we picked our choices and followed through other recommendations from the staff.
For appetizers we tried Fried Vegetables Tempura, Seafood Dumplings, and Shrimp Spring Rolls; each was served with a side of sweet chili sauce and soy sauce. The dumplings were really soft and the seafood filling of shrimps and calamari was fresh and bursting with exotic flavors. We totally fell in love with the Shrimp Spring Rolls for how crispy they were on the outside plus the filling of mixed vegetables and baby shrimps. The Fried Vegetables Tempuras were a mix of carrot, zucchini, Eggplant, and Shitake mushroom and a really good thing about this appetizer is that it was not oily at all and also very light.
Moving swiftly from one delectable dish to another, it was time for the main course. The menu has a diversified selection of chicken, beef, seafood, and vegetarian options prepared in different cooking styles, so you can rest assured that all your appetite’s cravings will be fulfilled. First, let’s take a moment in awe of the Wok Stir-Fried Surf & Turf Beef, a sizzling dish of Guangzhou-style sliced beef fillet, shrimp, calamari, and vegetables served with steamed rice. We were literally speechless on that signature dish of China Red. The beef was smooth, tender, and juicy enough to just melt in your mouth, and along with the shrimps and special cooking style, our taste buds were instantly stimulated. Moving to the next main course, we were recommended to try Beijing Duck, a roasted duck served with thin and light pancakes, onion, and cucumber with Beijing-style sauce. The dish is filling enough to be shared with another person. The duck was tender and not dry at all with a crispy outer layer and you get to really enjoy this dish when you roll the duck slices along with the sauce, cucumbers, and onions in those thin and light pancakes to experience deliciousness till the last bite. We also tried Wok Fried Egg Noodles Vegetables and we totally fell in love until we learned the secret from the Chinese chef of the restaurant; the noodles and any other pastry-based ingredients are all homemade.
We ended this exquisite culinary experience on a sweet note with delicious and crispy Deep Fried Bananas with toffee, fresh whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream all together creating a blend of a heavenly taste.
Overall, we had a delightful experience at China Red. The ambiance was perfect and can be an ideal choice for date nights. The food was utterly delicious, flavorsome, and aromatic, and we also got to meet the Chinese chef behind all these great creations and dishes who succeeded in delivering an authentic Chinese culinary experience