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Dumpling King, Newtown

I visited Dumpling King last Sunday. Not Adelaide’s famous Dumpling King, and it was a little more expensive. It still tasted great!

Pork and chives dumplings

Pork and chives dumplings

The dumplings were nice – not as good as Adelaide’s Dumpling King, but better than the Chinese  Noodle Restaurant. I love the vinegar that comes with these! Sorry about the very dark photography tonight.

Hand pulled noodles

Hand pulled noodles

Hand pulled noodles with veggies were nice and disappeared quickly!

Broccoli

Broccoli

This was yummy with nice salty oyster/soy sauce pooled around the edges. It was perfectly cooked, not too soft or too crunchy.

There was also a plate of chilli eggplant that was spicy and richly flavoured with plenty of oil soaked into the eggplant flesh.

Overall, Dumpling King was great. I’d definitely go back, although there are so many other places I want to visit!

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Chinese Noodle Restaurant: no thanks

I’m a dumpling and hand pulled noodles lover. Dumpling King in Adelaide will always be my favourite. Quick, cheap, tasty, fried and piping hot, with delicately flavoured insides. Shanghai Night in Ashfield is pretty darn good too. Chinese Noodle Restaurant on Bathurst Street in the CBD is great, both dumplings and noodles.

Chinese Noodle Restaurant on Quay Street in Haymarket now boasts the tiniest, filthiest establishment with the worst noodles and dumplings I’ve had so far.

Upon entering, we were seated in a corner. The fan happily buzzed over my head, providing all other diners with an air stream. There was even a baby cockroach on my table, which I stared at, along with the waitress. I brushed it off the table after realising the waitress wasn’t going to do anything. I should have walked out then but I’m pretty laid back about my food. I’m just as happy sitting on the street side restaurants found all over Vietnam. Sure, there’s a little dirt and some of the more rodent like fauna sharing your space, but nothing too heavy.

We get the attention of a different waitress when we’re ready to order, and ask for hand pulled noodles with beef, as well as a plate of pork and chive dumplings. We drink some tea.

We get served hand pulled noodles with chicken and egg and chive pan-fried dumplings.

Chicken hand pulled noodles

Chicken hand pulled noodles

Compare that to my dish from Chinese Noodle Restaurant (Bathurst Street) and you might see why my stomach sank a little.

Next up were the dumplings.

Egg and chive pan-fried dumplings

Egg and chive pan fried dumplings

Unlike Dumpling King, pan frying here involves thick, doughy skins being a little browned. There was no real crunch factor. The egg was tasteless. The brown vinegar didn’t lift the taste because there was no real taste to lift.

This is probably my least positive review. I am a dumpling fan. I am a fan of cheap restaurants. I feel I’m not that picky and it’s pretty easy to make me happy. I felt pretty depressed.

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Yum Cha at Marigold

Dumplings

Dumplings

Marigold is a great place to go for Yum Cha. It’s busy and bustling with efficient staff and a range of food options. The dumplings were fantastic, as were the prawn toast, the prawns on eggplant, and the fried prawn parcels. The steamed BBQ pork buns deserve a mention, light and fluffy and sweet, with a tasty interior which may have been a little stingy on the pork! We also had green beans which were fried and crispy.

I didn’t get many pictures because I was too busy eating!

It was fun flagging down the carts and choosing different delicious morsels. My only letdown dish was the salt and pepper squid, which had probably spent a tad too much time being wheeled around the dining room before we were given it.

Desserts

Desserts

Wow! The desserts were pretty good. The doughnuts were light and airy, made of choux pastry. The mango pancakes were a highlight dish for me, with a light thin pancake wrapped around a slice of fresh mango and cream.

I highly recommend visiting Marigold for Yum Cha! The four of us left feeling extremely satisfied.

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Seabay Restaurant

Seabay pumpkin steamed dumplings

Seabay pumpkin steamed dumplings

Seabay is a great little restaurant on Pitt St that serves reasonably priced dumplings, massive soups and tasty handmade noodles.

Seabay pumpkin dumplings

Seabay pumpkin dumplings

The pumpkin dumplings are amazing. The pumpkin filling is sweet and goes well with a touch of vinegar.

Seabay pork fried dumplings

Seabay pork fried dumplings

Pretty good pork dumplings, though definitely not better than Dumpling King. If you’re not in Adelaide, though, these are fine!

Seabay pepper lamb handmade noodles

Seabay pepper lamb handmade noodles

If this dish was a little less spicy, I would have loved it. The noodles were slippery and fun, the lamb was tender and the cucumber tried to keep it all cool.

Check it out!


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Uighur Cuisine – Haymarket, Sydney

It was Chinese New Years and we had dinner before watching the parade.

We didn’t have a certain restaurant in mind, but walked past and decided to check Uighur Cuisine out. I’m really glad we did!

Uighur cuisine skewers

Uighur cuisine skewers

These were amazing. Slightly spicy, perfectly cooked with a little touch of charcoal. Sharing between three people was difficult!

Uighur cuisine samosas

Uighur cuisine samosas

These samosas were tasty. Crunchy outside, gingery meaty oniony filling.

Uighur cuisine handmade noodles

Uighur cuisine handmade noodles

These were long chewy handmade noodles. It was difficult to break them up using a fork and spoon, the cutlery we were given. They had that wonderful vinegar flavour that handmade noodles have when stir-fried, and the black fungus had just soaked up the salty flavours.

Uighur cuisine fried potato and chicken

Uighur cuisine fried potato and chicken

This dish was amazing. The potato had gone crispy, the herb mix was perfectly balanced and it was great fun to eat. This was the last dish brought out, and we were definitely slowing down by that time!

Uighur cuisine eggplant

Uighur cuisine eggplant

The eggplant had a beautiful sweet and sour flavour. The eggplant was sweet and tender, the sauce matched it perfectly.

Uighur cuisine dumplings

Uighur cuisine dumplings

We had to have dumplings. These were good. Perfect with a little vinegar squirted into their insides.

This review is glowing, and I don’t regret it. We had a great meal here. Completely happy with the food and definitely happy with the price. Once the waiter took our order, the food came out quickly. I have to admit we were all hungry, and we left completely stuffed full, but the hunger did not contribute to how positive the review is – the food really was fantastic.

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Favourite Dumpling and Noodle

I had a great weekend in Melbourne, and while I was in Moorabbin came across a quiet little Shanghai restaurant called Favourite Dumpling and Noodle. Their serving sizes were generous and the dumplings were nice.

Pork Dumplings

Pork Dumplings

You know what though? My favourite dish was the duck!

Crispy Roast Duck and Fried Sliced Rice Cake

Crispy Roast Duck and Fried Sliced Rice Cake

The road duck was fabulous, succulent and tender flesh with a crispy exterior, and no bones!

Now… a couple of weeks ago I visited Shanghai Night in Ashfield and ordered Fried Sliced Rice Cake. The picture above at the far end of the photo is what I was expecting, rice cake sliced and then stir fried with veggies.
Below is what I received at Shanghai Night…

Shanghai Nights Fried Sliced Rice Cake

Shanghai Nights Fried Sliced Rice Cake

If you can help me out, please do. I’m confused!

Favourite Dumpling and Noodle restaurant is worth a visit. It fed three people as well as a fourth (when they got the takeaway container of our leftovers!)

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Harajuku Gyoza, Kings Cross

Harajuku Cucumber Miso sauce

Harajuku Cucumber Miso sauce

This cucumber salad with miso sauce is seriously photogenic hey? It’s actually sweet, crisp, refreshing with a miso kick.

Harajuku deep fried eggplant

Harajuku deep-fried eggplant

Another flash fail, this is deep-fried eggplant. Hot and so oily, perfectly decadent and perfect for soaking up sauces!

Harajuku Gyoza

Harajuku Gyoza

Gyoza… Yum, we had vegetarian, duck, chicken, pork… Pretty darn good. Favourites were vegetarian, duck, chicken pork…

Harajuku Pork Belly Kakuni

Harajuku Pork Belly Kakuni

I’ve seen plenty of comments on the dryness of the pork belly. Agreed. It’s tasty but there could be more melt in your mouth softness.

Harajuku Salted Caramel and Apple gyoza

Harajuku Salted Caramel and Apple gyoza

Delicious salted caramel gyoza, dark, sweet, salty.

Fantastic apple gyoza.

It was a great place, with loud shouting going on with every shot of saké poured. The shots were generous, sloshed into a glass placed in a small tray, which ends up holding another shot of saké itself… pour into the glass and repeat! 

The servings are small and the prices are a little steep but it’s one of those places where everything’s about socialising and food and not stuffing your face. Sometimes it’s good to leave and still be able to walk without feeling ill. Sometimes.


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Chinese Noodle Restaurant – Bathurst St

Chinese Noodle Restaurants in Sydney CBD get a little confusing. This is a review of the restaurant at 77 Bathurst Street.

Chinese Noodle Restaurant Handmade noodles

Chinese Noodle Restaurant Handmade noodles

They have yummy handmade noodles. Serves are massive so don’t over order – 2 or 3 dishes is plenty to satisfy two people!

Chinese Noodle Restaurant Soupy buns

Chinese Noodle Restaurant Soupy buns

They have fantastic soupy buns which squelch and flop on the base of the steamer.

The soupy buns are filled with delicious liquid and meat.

It gets busy but if you go soon after 5 it’s quiet and easy to get a table.

There’s also other yummy dumplings, steamed and fried, that are all reasonable prices. It’s a great, cheap night out and it’ll fill you up!

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Shanghai Night, Ashfield

My parents visited from Adelaide recently and we ate some great food! I forgot to take photos of Papa Pasticceria, but I will definitely be back there and buy more food…

I did get photos of Shanghai Night in Ashfield though!

Shanghai Night Xiao Long Bao, Handmade Noodles

Shanghai Night Xiao Long Bao, Handmade Noodles

Yummy handmade noodles – though heavy on the sauce. Chinese Noodle Restaurant in the CBD is superior. Xiao Long Bao are delicious filled with delicate meat and savoury soup!

Shanghai Night Chicken and mushroom dumplings

Shanghai Night Chicken and mushroom dumplings

These dumplings – we ordered the large serve – were nice but I should have gone for another pork filling – pork is always the winner for dumplings!

Shanghai Nights Fried Sliced Rice Cake

Shanghai Nights Fried Sliced Rice Cake

Now this was the weirdest dish. I ordered it thinking it was the glutinous sliced rice cakes stir fried with veggies in sauce that I buy from Dumpling King in Adelaide. This was completely different, but it wasn’t too bad!

Shanghai NightThis is my artistic bun.

The most surprising part of the lunch was the price – super cheap! I’d love to try a few more dishes because I suspect there are some on offer that I would enjoy more than what I had.

 

 

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Bibimbap, baby

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Bibimbap at Mandoo

Korean food is yummy. Mandoo proves this by having yummy food that is Korean. Failproof logic. You’ll find Mandoo on Bank St, Adelaide. They are more famous for their dumplings but I am enarmoured of their Bibimbap. Fresh taste, pickled veggies, and so much fun! I love dishes that require a little putting together (wrap your own cold rolls being another!) and Bibimbap is a perfect example. Serve yourself a bit of this, a bit of that, some chilli sauce and mix it all together.

Dumplings at Mandoo

Dumplings at Mandoo

I can’t simply forget to mention the dumplings, of course. Accompanied by some greens and potato, they were flavoursome and wholesome. I missed my dirty fried chicken and prawn dumplings from Dumpling King, frankly. These made me feel guilty. I’d recommend them. I don’t think they trump Shanghai dumplings, however I’ve only tried them from here and haven’t had any other Korean dumplings before. I’ll have to try some other places. I’ll also let you in on something else – when I first had Pho, I wasn’t impressed. The flavour was outside of my comfort zone. It took me a few tries. Dumpling King took me a few tries, as well. I never feel quite comfortable saying I don’t like something, because chances are I will – someday. Just let my taste buds catch up!

Anyway, they are popular on Urbanspoon!

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