China House Ibadan
Palms Mall, MKO Abiola Way, Ring Road, Ibadan.
Wasn’t too excited to come here at first, cause to me every Chinese dish in Ibadan feels the same. The same restricted rice/noodles menu, same attempt at Chinese decor and average dumplings. But it’s Sunday. Sundays and Chinese is slowly becoming a ritual in African homes.
It’s a nicely carved out space in the mall, not so big too. They settled for the red decor with mild Chinese representations, nothing so over bearing. Just adequate.
The menu covers the Chinese basics, from starters, sauces to rice/noodle combos.
Went for the shrimp in chili sauce and beef fried rice.
The meal came in less than 5 minutes which was surprise. I barely blinked and the waiter was already back with what I ordered.
Both the rice and shrimp sauce came in medium sized plate, there was nothing wrong with the portioning here.
I didn’t like that the shrimps were so small, they were mostly overshadowed by the chili gravy, I was looking forward to some heavy duty shrimps.
The rice was good. If there’s anything Nigerians know how to make well its rice. It comes from years of conditioning lol. The rice had a bit of veggie vibe to it, mostly stained with the tangy slices of meat. I don’t know, I think that’s exciting enough.
Shrimp in chili sauce: N3,200
Beef fried rice: N1,800
Personally China house isn’t the place I’d go for a “sit out and eat” kinda thing. The food is good enough to go so why not. Plus I don’t like the publicity that comes with mall restaurant. But nonetheless a good attempt at a Chinese dining experience