Combination with cripsy fried noodles


Great Chinese Food!  It took me a while to finally try this place as I thought it might just be another run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant. It’s not, and since that first time, I’ve been going back – I need my regular fix!  The menu is full of really interesting dishes, and dishes that are right up my alley!  Two of my favourites are the Braised Dried Scallops with Enoki Mushrooms and Vegetables, and the magnificent Shark Lip and Duck Feet Hot Pot.  If the sound of those scare you, don’t worry – there are also a number of more mainstream dishes.  The fried rice, which is always a good test of a good Chinese restaurant, is excellent, as is the combination chow mein (crispy noodles).  This night we tried all new things.

We thought we’d order a couple of mains just to start – the Stir Fried Scallops with Clear Vermicelli and XO Sauce, and the ‘Green Jade Purse’ which is minced pork & seafood wrapped in Chinese cabbage leaves with minced prawn balls and broccoli in special sauce (how could you go past that one?!). When they arrived, we were stunned (and somewhat excited) at the large servings!  However, there were only two of us and we were wondering how on earth we were going to fit in the other delights that we were intending to order!  Slow and steady, we thought.  And so we ate.  The scallop vermicelli is Malaysian inspired, and nice and spicy.  The Jade Purse dish was awesome and that special sauce is pretty special!

Halfway through, even though we were getting full, we decided we needed something meaty so we ordered the Chinese Belly and Tender Beef Casserole – nothing wrong with takeaway packs if we couldn’t finish it!  Loved it!  Meaty goodness, textural and flavoursome.

As full as we were, after we spoke with our waiter Jeremy, we decided – sure, let’s have a couple of baby abalone too, served up with ginger and shallots!

It’s a nice spacious area and one of those places where you can opt to choose live seasonal seafood from the tanks. I also like the fact that you can BYO wine.  I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll roll out of the restaurant every time as I just want to order everything – there’s no holding back!  In addition, they do yum cha daily and that’s also really good.  Being down the southern end of Hutt street, it’s a bit of a hidden gem, but well worth a visit!  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!

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