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"The warrior said nothing, for his mouth was full. Then he swallowed. And then he spoke: 'Enough talk. Let's fight!'"
Po, Kung Fu Panda

A fight scene taking place in a Chinese restaurant. Typically this involves everybody Kung Fu fighting, with disrupted dinners and broken china to the nth degree. Paying for the Action Scene, as always, is optional.

Not related to Cooking Duel. Compare Chef of Iron and Frying Pan of Doom when the woks, etc., are being used as weapons. See also: Diner Brawl, Kitchen Chase. Being part of a Chop Sockey setting is, of course, not unheard of.

Not to be confused with Wakfu.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of Kung Fu Panda, Tai Lung throws Po into an empty restaurant during the final battle, and as a result the panda throws several woks at the snow leopard, puts the Dragon Scroll under one of them and swaps them around so that Tai Lung will get the wrong one. Tai Lung just goes "screw it" and knocks away all the woks.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ip Man 2 has a close enough example with the fight at a fish market in Shanghai — everyone is armed with butcher cleavers.
  • Rush Hour had a fight followed by a chase through a Chinese restaurant.
  • There is a cross between a gunfight and a fistfight in a Chinese restaurant in From Paris with Love.
  • Warriors of Virtue, in which a Chinese chef is constantly doing Wok Fu when he's cooking (doing spins, kicking faucets). Actually does some good when another chef trips; Wok Fu Chef manages to catch the guy using his leg, brings him up, and then proceeds to catch all the falling food.
  • A massive one happens in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
  • Ying Yang uses two frying pans to curbstomp some mooks surrounding him in an abandoned kitchen during the opening sequence of The Expendables 2.

    Live-Action TV 

    Tabletop Games 
  • The opening battle of the Feng Shui adventure "Baptism of Fire" takes place in a restaurant in Yaumatei. Depending on the makeup of your party this could be a kung fu battle, a shootout, or a more general brawl.

    Video Games 
  • Like a Dragon; if there is a Chinese triad involved in the plot of a game, chances are the heroes are going to get into a fight in an upscale Chinese restaurant (which the triads like to use as fronts for their illicit businesses) at least once. Examples include:
    • Yakuza; Kiryu attacks a restaurant the Snake Flower Triad are using as a headquarters in order to rescue Haruka from their leader, Lau Kai Long
    • Yakuza 6; Kiryu and his allies try to infiltrate the Saio Triad's headquarters (also a restaurant) in order to speak with their leader. They get caught and have to fight their way through hordes of triad goons.
    • Yakuza: Like a Dragon; Ichiban and friends attack Zhao's restaurant in an attempt to save him when his treacherous advisor Mabuchi attempts a coup.
    • Twice in Lost Judgment, Yagami gets into a fight in a dining area controlled by the Yokohama Liumang (against one of their up and coming officers named Tesso, and against his newfound ideological rival Kuwana). Unlike other examples of this trope, it's an outdoor cafĂ© rather than a full Chinese restaurant, and both times the triads clear out some space to make it a proper fighting arena rather than just throwing down as is.
  • Resident Evil 6 features a Chinese marketplace and the restaurants therein as a recurring combat zone across all four campaigns. The microwaves and meat grinders are important to gameplay, but they are abandoned by the time you get there.
  • The first fight in True Crime: Streets of LA is in a Chinese restaurant where Nick and his partner Rosie are dining. Triads threaten an employee, and Nick shows Rosie what a Cowboy Cop he is.
  • A stage in Street Fighter V takes place in one. It's possible to launch someone into the kitchen, resulting in a bowl of noodles stuck to their head for the rest of the match.
  • The Chinese Restaurant is one of the signature levels of the Timesplitters franchise, appearing in all three games.

    Western Animation 
  • An episode of American Dragon: Jake Long had Jake and Haley in dragon form fighting against a trio of demons released on Chinese New Year. One of the places they fought the demons was in a Chinese restaurant, albeit for only a few seconds.