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One Plus One Kitchen

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published September 4th 2020
From Australian favourites through to authentic Chinese food
In recent years, authentic Chinese food has been spreading out from Sunnybank, and restaurants, where you can get a real Chinese meal, are appearing everywhere. One Plus One Kitchen serves a wide range of Chinese dishes, from the cliched Australian favourites that aren't really Chinese food through to proper Chinese dishes for the adventurous diner.

One Plus One Kitchen serves Chinese food in Chermside
One Plus One Kitchen serves Chinese food in Chermside


About Chinese food

China is a vast country with 1/6th of the world's population. There are multiple different types of cuisine in China as well as many local variants. Yes, here in Australia we have picked up our favourite Chinese dishes that turn up on the menu of many restaurants, but that leaves a lot to try. In particular, we are now seeing the proliferation of dishes from Sichuan province (also referred to as Szechwan in many TV shows thanks to the US refusal to learn how to pronounce anything properly). This is because this cuisine is very popular in China and many restaurants in Brisbane have chefs from that province, no matter what the style of Chinese food is.

About One Plus One Kitchen

One Plus One Kitchen's also has the Chinese name 中餐厅, pronounced Zhong Canting, essentially Chinese Canteen or just Kitchen. It is located on Gympie Road, just a little way down from Hamilton Road. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining, and of course, does great business with takeaway and delivery. Parking isn't really a problem. You can park in the street outside the restaurant or turn on the first side road park on the side streets.

Enjoy a range of Chinese food at the One Plus One Kitchen in Chermside
Enjoy a range of Chinese food at the One Plus One Kitchen in Chermside


For the person who wants Australianised Chinese food

They have both sweet and sour chicken and pork, and they do have sweet and sour fish, but I will explain about that below. They also have honey chicken. These are Australian favourites, and combined with the spring rolls, kung pao chicken, chicken wings and fried ice cream, provide a menu that is suitable for people who enjoy the most common Chinese foods in Australia. They are all genuine Chinese food (except maybe the New Orleans style chicken wings), but at this restaurant, I would recommend trying to be a bit more adventurous.

Honey chicken (image courtesy of One Plus One Kitchen) is an Australian favourite
Honey chicken (image courtesy of One Plus One Kitchen) is an Australian favourite


If you know a bit about Chinese food

The menu also includes a number of items that people who have eaten beyond the basic Chinese food will know. This includes the spicy mapo tofu, four seasons green beans with chilli and chilli chicken (eat around the chilli). Yes, they are all spicy, but you can ask them to make them with as much, or as little, chilli as you want.

Image of delicious four seasons beans with chili courtesy of One Plus One Kitchen
Image of delicious four seasons beans with chili courtesy of One Plus One Kitchen


For the adventurous diner

If you want a culinary adventure then you can try some of the other more authentic Chinese dishes that tend not to be popular outside of Asia. For an entree, you might choose the pickled chicken feet, the beef tendons or the pigs ears. Personally I like the steamed chilli chicken, also called 口水鸡, which directly translates as spit chicken, but I think the better translation is mouth-watering chicken.

Adventurous diners will find a lot worth trying at One Plus One Kitchen
Adventurous diners will find a lot worth trying at One Plus One Kitchen


Another great dish to try is the whole Asian sea bass (or barramundi as we call it in Australia). Not everyone likes a whole fish on their plate with the eyes staring at you and others don't like having to eat around nibble around the bones, but that is half the fun really. You can choose between ginger and shallots, chilli or sweet and sour.

The whole fish is delicious if you don't mind eating around the bones
The whole fish is delicious if you don't mind eating around the bones


Overall

This nicely maintained and friendly restaurant on Gympie Road in Chermside is a perfect balance between Aussie favourites, Chinese standards and food for the adventurous diner.
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When: Lunch & Diner Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: (07) 3148 4148
Where: 817 Gympie Road,Chermside Brisbane, QLD, Australia 4032
Cost: Mains from $12
Your Comment
good likes a good way to enjoy the favourites and try something a little different, Roy (like the pickled chicken feet). Good find.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1389) 20 days ago
My favourite food Roy, apart from the more exotic bits like chicken feet and pigs ears. I came to Chinese food late in life as my father used to say, "I,m not eating that foreign muck." Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 2|767) 22 days ago
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