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Chan’s Chinese: A piece of East Ham’s history.

Feeding the east end chow mein since 1941…

Chan’s Chinese Restaurant is a little piece if east end history and has been feeding East Hammers chicken chow mein since 1941. If that isn’t a reason to go, I don’t know what is!

Ask any long standing East-Hammer, and they will tell you a story about Chan’s. Whether they went to school with Chan’s children, ate here with their Granny in 1956 or came here after the David Bailey moment in the 90’s, it is a close to being famous as an East Ham restaurant gets (it was even voted as one of the top 10 things to do in Newham by The Londonist. True Story.)

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A classic British-Chinese eating experience

Chan’s is a classic Chinese food eating experience circa 1995. There are no hipster fusion foods in here. Everything is exactly as you would expect: Classic chinese art on the walls, white table cloths and a menu that has remained largely the same since the sixties. It is not ground breaking but it is good, with no frills.

We loved the orginal 1958 menu framed on the wall. The hero dishes then were chow mein and Sweet and Sour Chicken. As it was then, so it is now.

We went for steamed dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, singapore noodles, egg fried rice, chinese greens and crispy seaweed and have to say that while it they were all good noshables, the egg fried rice was the thing to write home about (controversial I know, but it was seriously yummy).

Service was friendly, and authentic – we throughly amused the staff by scoffing our steamed dumplings so fast that by the time they came back with the dipping sauce, there was nothing left to dip! Lols.

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A rite of passage for East Hammers old or new.

Chan’s is not so much a foodie heaven as an exercise in understanding East Ham’s heritage, and something that you should do at least once, if not for the solid chinese food, but also to create your own Chan’s story to pass down the generations. They also offer takeaway so you can test the water from the privacy of your own sofa before committing to the full shebang.

The deets:

What: The most talked about Chinese Restaurant in East Ham. Open since 1941!

Where: 321 High St N, London E12 6PQ

£££: A Meal for 2 came to £35 including wine.

Linky: No website that we know of, but you can order takeaway via Zomato.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Gurkha May 5, 2016 at 7:12 am

    chans Restaurant although have been old menu but they have modern test. I like very much and announced my friends to order online.

  • Reply Bill Stammers February 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Used to go there around 1959 with my mates from East Ham Technical College doing Sheet Metal Work City and Guilds , Peter Joyce and Alan Young both from Custom House. Our regular fare was chopped chicken chow mein with curry sauce!! After my first marriage broke up I would take my 3 children and two of my in laws there for Sunday lunch the kids wanted Tizer so the staff went next door to the newsagents/confectioners and obtained a bottle or two for them wonderful food, really friendly staff!!

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