We were looking for a place to eat after checking out Vivid Sydney at Darling Harbour so as we were wandering around Chinatown and we passed by Aussie Dumpling King. It’s located on the strip of restaurants on Dixon street and there are just so many options there. They weren’t very busy but the menu seemed pretty cheap so we decided to give it a try. It’s hard to go wrong with dumplings right?
For our appetizer, we had the Spicy Beef Tripe. This was served cold and they used a bit of the chillies that give you that slightly numb feeling but it wasn’t too spicy for us. The beef tripe was marinated well and had great flavour.
We also ordered the Xiao Long Bao but what we received was not what we expected. Instead of the traditional dumpling with a thin dough, we had something that was more like a pan fried pork bun with a soft bun instead of a thin dumpling wrap which we found strange and misleading. It still tasted good but it wasn’t what we expected. Also I don’t think they made a mistake as they have another item on the menu which is the pan fried pork bun and these also weren’t fried on the bottom.
The Combination Meat Sauce Noodles were better than I expected as they used home made noodles which were very chewy and I loved the texture. It’s a very basic noodle dish but the noodles were the star of the show.
Lastly we had the Hot and Sour Soup with Dumplings. I’ve never seen this before but we like hot and sour soup. The hot and sour soup wasn’t the Cantonese style we were used to though (although we didn’t expect it). Firstly, it wasn’t a thick soup and it was more sour than hot. In addition to dumplings, it also had some meat bits and veggies mixed into the soup so it was actually quite a filling meal. You can’t tell from this photo, but this was an enormous bowl of soup. They were very generous with the amount of soup. Maybe they wanted to make the portion look bigger? The dumplings themselves were good but we weren’t big fans of the soup.
I think if you decide to visit Aussie Dumpling King, you should probably stick with steamed or fried dumplings and noodles.