Director, Chung Ying
James Wong is director of one of Birmingham's best-loved Chinese restaurants, Chung Ying, established more than 30 years ago by his father Siu Chung Wong.
Born in Birmingham, James returned to his family's native Hong Kong aged four, but returned just three years later when the business was established.
Chinatown didn't exist in 1981, but Siu Chung's success in persuading Brummies to sample and enjoy the delights of Cantonese food was a critical catalyst in the area's later expansion.
Six years later, as the demand for Chinese food grew rapidly, Siu Chung set up a sister restaurant, Chung Ying Garden.
Sadly, he died in (2011), but by then James was well-placed to take over the business - having joined in 1997 as assistant manager - and has since modernised both restaurants, whilst retaining their traditional appeal and charm.
One of Birmingham's first Chinese restaurants, and more than 30 years later, still as popular with both the Chinese community and locals. Traditional cooking techniques, with a strong focus on fresh seafood from Birmingham's famous fish market, combined with authentic spices and seasoning from Hong Kong.
Chung Ying Garden
Established in 1987, after the success of its sister restaurant, this offers traditional Cantonese food, with a menu running to 400 dishes, all freshly-prepared. Old favourites alongside modern cuisine, and its spectacular lunchtime Dim Sum, with more than 100 tempting choices, remains a major attraction.
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