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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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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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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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Parwana Afghan restaurant

Parwana is a favourite of my family. It’s so small but we always seem to be able to find a table! The prices are reasonable but definintely not my usual cheap and cheerful eatery, with smaller sized portions!

The Banjan Biryani, or eggplant with a tomato cumin sauce topped with yoghurt, is one of my favourite dishes. It’s tender and tasty.

I always get the mantu dumplings, stuffed with soft and sweet carrots and onions, topped with a lamb sauce and more yoghurt.

The lamb kebab is great and filling, but they used to serve them on rods – it’s now a bit more of a calm affair with small skewers.

For dessert you can’t go past the falooda, with rose flavoured syrup, basil seeds and icecream… yum!

The downside is they only accept cash… be warned! 


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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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Fork faces uncertainty

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Food trucks are new and definitely decisive among the local community. While patrons love the opportunity to try new foods and there is definitely hype surrounding them, small businesses in physical premises are worried that they are losing business. Like this. The council has some stringent measures already in place for food trucks, only giving out a certain number of permits, having food trucks move locations after a certain amount of time, and not being able to visit the same place each day. Food trucks advertise their whereabouts over Facebook.

Fork on the Road is an event which attracts thousands of visitors, and as one of them, I can say that Fork is the reason I travel into the city. No permanent business in the city is missing out on my patronage at that time, because I would not be there otherwise.

I’m hoping that the Adelaide City Council will continue to let Food Trucks and Fork on the Road operate, as it is so important to have diversity.

Small businesses will hopefully keep their own patronage and it is easy to see why they are worried. They do have higher overhead costs (such as rent) and presumably rely on repeat customers. That said, there are some permanent businesses that I will never return to because I don’t like the food, or the quality/taste of the food that they serve. Permanent businesses should keep trying to be competitive – here I’m not talking about price, because I don’t think Food Trucks are particularly cheap. I’m talking about new, exciting and DIFFERENT flavours. I’ve loved Viet rolls for years. I love Pho. I like eating Bibimbap. Show me where the dumplings are and I’m all over it.

Offer me some lacklustre sandwich with wilted “fancy” greens or a heavy, dense rolls and dry chicken, and I’ll take my business elsewhere.

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