The weather finally seems to be changing so I took the opportunity to go for a lovely relaxing walk under blue skies to Northbridge and stop by Shanghai Tea Garden. I walked in and was immediately met by the inquisitive eyes of the patrons probably wondering what a foreigner is doing in their restaurant. I grabbed a menu which caters to a larger group with an array of dishes, or you can grab lunch time items for a few people. Takeaway is also offered. I chose the pork cabbage dumplings and the dry slightly spicy Shanghai daan noodles. I took a table outside. The dumplings are quite slippery, the skin is pretty thin and reasonably silky, the filling of pork and cabbage delicious. Dip a dumpling into the soy sauce mixture and devour. Dumplings carry a subtle flavour with the soy sauce adding just a touch of seasoning and is a great way to start the meal. With a serving of 15 dumplings there’s no skimping here. The Shanghai Daan Noodles is a little thick and slightly heavy but tasty. It comes served with a minced pork mixture with a slight spiciness, crushed peanuts, and is almost a spaghetti Bolognese of sorts. The mixture is enough to lightly flavour the noodles turning it into a very enjoyable dish and something quite unique. I had to ask for this to be packed away. I also couldn’t resist one of my favourite dishes, red bean pancake. A lovely golden brown deep fried pancake batter encasing soft delicious red bean mix. So yum, totally satisfied but really full. Good thing I’ve got a long walk back.
Chilli King Chinese is a simple decor restaurant on Northbridge serving northern Chinese cuisine, some dishes from the Szechuan region. The clientele is Chinese and I got a few looks reminding me of my time in China at a “foreigner” entering the restaurant. I was greeted and taken to the table to peruse the extensive menu. The waitress came over which is a prompt to “you’d better be ready to order!” I was and I settled on the spicy soup noodles with beef brisket, perfect for the cold winter. After some time, a bowl arrived filled with a dark red broth with lots of chillies hidden under the thin noodles, chunks of beef brisket, and bits of buk choy. The broth is tasty but probably needs a bit more seasoning. However, there’s plenty of spiciness via the lip numbing Szechuan chillies which have a slightly numbing effect but aren’t that hot. Slurping the broth with the noodles is a tasty affair, one is warmed up pretty quickly. I really loved the super tender delicious chunks of beef brisket which melt in your mouth. It’s a great meal for this weather and I polished off the soup.
Saturday 21 May After waking up at 4:30am to catch an early flight, I was glad to finally land in Hong Kong and be in Kowloon. I’m staying in Hong Kong to break up the long flight to Perth but I’m also here for a specific food which I’ll get […]
Thursday 19 May After a 13 hr overnight train ride from Xi’an we arrived in Beijing. I had an interrupted sleep and was tired like everyone else. After a taxi ride in peak hour traffic, an experience in itself, we arrived at our hotel. Unfortunately rooms aren’t ready (we have […]
Tuesday 17 May After getting off the train it was a short ride to the hotel where our rooms happened to be ready which was very fortunate since we arrived well before check in. Time for a shower before heading to breakfast. A few of us decided to head out for […]
Friday 13 May It’s an early start with a drive to Guilin before catching a flight to Chongqing before more traveling to our boat to begin a cruise along the Yangtze River. Upon arriving we settled into our rooms. My roommate and I decided to pay a little extra for […]
Wednesday 11 May Yangshuo seems pretty busy with lots of activity. Not a large developed city like Shanghai, the town has quite a buzz. I notice this place is filled with large rock formations which suddenly jut out of the ground and are very steep. Unlike a mountain with a […]
Tuesday 10 May After a hotel buffet breakfast, we went to the West Lake region and popped into Longjing Tea Plantation Visit. It’s a musuem about all things tea. I’m not a tea drinker but it’s quite fascinating learning about tea. We then sat in a room where we had […]
Friday 6 May My time in Taiwan has come to an end and now I’m off to Shanghai. I thought the lunch served in the airplane would be Asian but was Western. Quite disappointing and the entire plane bar the few foreigners must be wondering what this is. And I […]
The Darlings Supper Club offers a fusion of Asian cuisine but the dishes offered still stay close to it’s roots. The balance and execution of the dishes were generally excellent, complemented perfectly with a dipping sauce or salad. These latter elements were crucial to keeping the dish in check, the perfect balance of acidity, sweet, sour or spicy helped compliment or counteract any richness or strong flavours. A few of the dishes were over salted which was disappointing. While I enjoyed the food and the service, if you’re going to set up shop in Northbridge you’re going toe to toe with all the other Asian restaurants. Darlings Supper Club matched them on flavour, but failed miserably on price. A yum cha restaurant a few blocks away would not charge $10 for 4 prawn dumplings. A typical nasi goreng wouldn’t push $14, half the price of Darlings version, albeit with roast duck, at $28. Darlings is not your typical Asian restaurant, it’s proposition is different but I felt the pricing is on the high side for comparable dishes available close by at other Northbridge restaurants. The total bill was just under $150, just under $100 after the voucher.