In the 60ties of last century a large part of the Dutch Chinese community moved from Amsterdam to The Hague, for different reasons. Our city was then enriched with a lot of very good Chinese restaurants. Today I researched quite a few of them, and here I describe my favorites. By the way, in a Chinese restaurant you don’t go out to eat, you simply go to eat. You won’t get pampered the way you’ll be in other restaurants. This said, the food is of high quality for very reasonable prices.
The basic rule is to always go where you see many Chinese customers. In case you see non, my advice would be: run out of there as quickly as you can! And don’t look back. There is a Chinese restaurant in every city and village in the Netherlands. They started over 50 years ago, and serve dishes adapted to the somewhat conservative taste of the Dutch in those days. This is now actually celebrated as part of our Dutch/Chinese heritage. Do try this if you can, but that’s not what I’m talking about here now.
On the menus in our Chinatown you’ll also find pigs ears and chicken claws, as the Chinese eat animals from head to toe. A pot of Chinese tea to drink with your meal is a very good idea. In case you empty the pot, put it on the side of your table with the lid upside down. It will then be refilled.
Here are three of my favorites for lunch as well as for dinner: