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 Baobut 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.
On the first week of my arrival I explored the suburb of Strathfield and it was very Korean. There is no shortage of Korean BBQ here and I wonder how they all stay in business. After wandering up and down the block a few times because I’m indecisive, I finally decided to pop into The Mandoo. Not really sure what drew me here compared to the other places. Maybe because it looked small and homey? The menu is small and consists of dumplings and noodle soups.
I’ve made multiple visits to Dinesty so I thought it was time to update my post. This was the culmination of two visits to the Aberdeen location. Dinesty is located on the second floor near Chef Hung and Guu. They have expanded again this year and now have a location near Metrotown as well.
Pictured above are the Shredded Pork in Hoisin Sauce with Pancakes and the Drunken Chicken. The pork is saucy but tasty and it’s always fun to make your own pancake wraps. The drunken chicken is served chilled and the portion is not that big but there’s plenty of wine flavour. Continue reading →
Dragon Group Seafood Restaurant has taken over the spot where South Ocean used to be. I remember I used to go to South Ocean quite a bit when I was younger. The restaurant has been re-decorated to give it a more high end feel.
First off, we had the Pan Fried Rice Rolls. We found the portion to be smaller in comparison with some other restaurants but the taste and texture was good. Continue reading →
Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
I was invited to another Chinese Bites event last month and this time it was at the Aberdeen food court with 60 other foodies. I’m quite familiar with the food court (or so I thought) and I’ve spent a lot of time here when I was younger. Now I had the chance to try EVERY food stall! It was a dream come true yet I feared for my growing waistline. #foodbloggerproblems
So without further ado… let the gluttony begin!
Starting from left to right:
Milk tea with pearls (Estea Express)
Iced lemon ribena (Bubble Waffle)
House special: mango coconut juice with tapioca, mango and pomelo bits (8 Juice)
Yu Xiang Yuan Restaurant is on Fraser and 50th and a bit further down from Breka Bakery. The restaurant isn’t really noticeable but it has a big sign board outside. They seem to be known for their hand made noodles in house. There was someone making the noodles in the back and you can see him through a window. I forgot to post this earlier so my memory is foggy now and I probably got the two types of noodles mixed up…
On the back of the menu you can see the different types of noodles you can order for your dish. I couldn’t read the Chinese character which would tell me the difference though but at least they had pictures… and sorry my picture is bad =(
These were some Pork and Chive Steamed Dumplings. It came with 12 pieces. I wasn’t really into this since I prefer my dumplings pan fried usually and also the dumpling skin was also really thick too. Filling was flavourful though.
This was the Ja Jiang Mein. I believe this was the Pushing noodles but I could be wrong. The noodles are really thick and chewy in a good way. There was a good proportion of meat sauce to noodles but I thought the sauce was different than what I expected (can’t really say how though). I just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.
This was the Dan Dan Noodles with Cutting noodles. These noodles were flatter in shape but also equally chewy in texture. I preferred the Dan Dan noodles since it turns out I like the peanut flavour more than the meat sauce. The peanut sauce was smooth and thick enough to coat the noodles but it could’ve been spicier though.
The noodle bowls were about $8-9 and the portions are really filling (for me at least) since there is a lot of noodles! It was also interesting to see the different types of noodles they had and I like how you get to choose which one you want. I wouldn’t mind trying some of their other fried noodle dishes.
On Boxing day we had a family dim sum lunch and we ended up at Continental Seafood Restaurant. I’ve never been here before and didn’t even know there was a dim sum restaurant in East Richmond. It’s in a plaza on Cambie and No. 5 road. The interior was also very spacious and they have a stage and a dance floor too so you can hold large events here.
When I walked in, there was a picture of Stephen Harper with the owner/manager? in their display case so I assume he must’ve eaten here too. Most notably though, they still have push cart dim sum!!! I haven’t seen that in ages!!! Although I think the ordering system where you submit a sheet with exactly what you want is more efficient, this was a nice throw back moment. I also realized I’m not that picky about dim sum so here are some of my thoughts…
We had some Bean Curd Rolls filled with mushroom and pork. They didn’t seem well wrapped but the filling was moist and flavourful. In the back we have some Siu Mai which is a staple whenever I have dim sum. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this version as much because the pork felt dry and overly chewy.