Ying Chow is an institution in Gouger St, perennially popular thanks to its low prices, the quality of the cooking and its late opening hours. Book early or be prepared to wait for one of the tables on either side of the long room or the few crowded on to the footpath outside. There's no napery and little in the way of adornment, except for the narrow coloured cards on which special dishes are written, in Chinese on one wall, English on the other. Among them are Peking duck, green beans with chilli, salt and pepper squid and vegetable hot pot. Other favourites include the shallot pancakes, scallops and/or oysters steamed with ginger and shallots, eggplant and salt and pepper bean curd. Food is served quickly, as soon as it's ready, which may mean you get your greens first and have to wait for the rest.
Advise to book in, BYO and order the BBC and duck (three ways)...amazing. The service is what you pay for, nothing terrible but nothing to write home about. They are happy to cater for extra large groups, when rolling with a bit of a crew - we opt for the 1x dish per person, minus two and that feeds even the hungriest. They are happy to top you up if you think you've shortened yourselves though. Tip: If you're here during the day, tuck into the markets behind and visit the Bun Chef for dessert.