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Dim Sum Destination: A Review of Tung Nan

Tung Nan is a Chinese restaurant located in Karachi that offers delicious and popular Chinese dishes. Though the restaurant itself isn't particularly upscale or luxurious, their food definitely delivers when it comes to taste. The service is okay-okay, but the prices are more than reasonable.

Updated Apr 26, 2023

Editor’s Rating


What we don’t like

  • Lackluster ambience
  • Average service

What’s up, foodies? Well, I recently ventured to Tung Nan, and now, I know what those of you who’ve been there are thinking, “Tung Nan? Meh, it’s just okay.” Well, you’re all not terribly wrong. 

But listen, I went there, and let me tell you upfront, it’s not as bad as you might think. Sure, it’s not the Mulan of Chinese restaurants in Karachi, but it’s not the Kung Fu Panda 3, either. It’s more like Ping – not the best, but it still manages to get the job done.

But hey, don’t write it off just yet! I mean, who doesn’t love a good underdog story? Plus, I’ve got some juicy deets about Tung Nan that might just surprise you. So, keep reading for my full review of this restaurant. Trust me, it’s gonna be better than the ending of Game of Thrones.

Taste: Caught me by Surprise

To begin, I highly recommend trying Dim Sum at Tung Nan. Their version is excellent, especially the steamed shrimp dumplings, which have a perfectly cooked shrimp filling wrapped in delicate, translucent skin. But my love affair with Tung Nan’s menu didn’t stop there. I also tried their Szechuan Chicken, and it had the ideal level of spiciness. The chicken pieces were tender with a coating of a red, fiery sauce that was just right in awakening my taste buds.

And don’t even get me started on their Egg-Fried Rice – it was the perfect accompaniment to the spicy chicken, with fluffy grains of rice and just the right amount of seasoning. But the real standout dish for me was the Sizzling Black Pepper Beef. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for anything with a bit of spice, and this dish definitely delivered. The sizzling platter of tender beef, coated in a rich, savory sauce, had just the right amount of heat.

Price: As Expected

Now, if there’s one thing that Tung Nan can’t compete with the other restaurants in Karachi on, it’s pricing. Let’s face it – this is an inexpensive restaurant. But that’s expected because the restaurant is not very upscale, and anything higher than the market average would have been a travesty. That being said, you can expect to pay between Rs 300-500 per person for a full meal at Tung Nan.

Service: Okay-Okay

Honestly, it wasn’t anything to write home about. The waiters were friendly and attentive enough, but they weren’t overly helpful or knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu. But hey, at least they’re doing their job!

Ambience: Just Satisfactory

Now, I won’t lie and say that the ambience of Tung Nan was anything special. The restaurant, located in Maniya Corporate Housing Society, PECHS, is a small place with limited seating for dining. Plus, it’s air-conditioned, but nothing that blew me away or anything like that. All in all, it’s just satisfactory – nothing more, nothing less.

Honorable Mentions: You’ll Find Only Chinese Here

If the dishes I mentioned above don’t quite hit the spot, don’t worry – Tung Nan has plenty of other options to choose from. I heard their Hot and Sour Soup is particularly tasty, and their Crispy Fried Wontons are a crowd favorite. So, go ahead and explore their menu – you never know what delicious dish you might stumble upon!

Final Verdict

While Tung Nan may not be the crème de la crème of Chinese restaurants in Karachi, it still manages to hold its own with some dishes that are definitely worth a try. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up having an even better time than I did! So, if you’re feeling adventurous, give Tung Nan a shot and see what surprises it has in store for you.

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