Going out for Chinese food is one of the most fun things you can do. China is the home of a great variety of dishes, which include red and white meat, seafood, vegetables and lots of unusual spices, sauces and seasonings. However, because of the wide range of different types of meals on the menu, it can sometimes be tricky to find the perfect drink to go with your meal. Below is a guide to some drinks which are the ideal match for different meals at a Chinese restaurant.

Red wine

While red wine may not be your first thought when you sit down in your local Chinese restaurant, you shouldn't rule this option out. If you are planning to order a dish which contains beef, BBQ pork or duck, you may wish to consider also putting in an order for a glass of Merlot, Malbec or Shiraz. The depth of flavour in these wines will complement the rich flavours of the meat and the sauces it is served in.

Champagne or white wine

A glass of champagne or white wine is a great choice if you are planning to dine on Chinese food such as stir-fried vegetables or dim sum. They are also a great choice if you have decided to order a Cantonese dish which contains fish or shellfish, as these tend to contain more delicate flavours. If you don't fancy ordering a bottle of bubbly, you could instead opt for a crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc or a dry Rieslings from Austria or Germany.


When ordering a beer with Chinese food, it is best to avoid the corporate brands which are popular in Europe and America. While these beers may be great for drinking in a bar while watching sports, they do not have enough character or flavour to compliment the flavours of Chinese food. You should instead opt for wheat beer from Belgium and Bavaria, which have a depth and zing that will complement any sweet and sour dish or starters such as spring rolls and dumplings. If you are not a fan of wheat beer, you could instead opt for a traditional brew such as Leffe. However, you should be warned that these beers are much stronger than popular beers such as Fosters and Budweiser.

If you would like further advice about the best drink to go with your meal, you should ask your server at the Chinese restaurant.