11 August 2013
Excited and hungry after booking our trip to Beijing, we headed around the corner for dim sum at Northbridge Chinese Restaurant. The boss lady quickly seated our group of 3 and we were immediately served tea. Chilli oil was already resting on the table. Yay!
The food trays and trolleys arrived quickly, so we promptly tucked into lots of favourite dishes. No black bean tripe, but otherwise a good range of items available.
Egg custard tarts
My mum loves these tarts and often eats them first, even though they are sweet dessert items. She has eaten enough during her life to count as a pro, so I trust her judgement that these ones were good.
Tripe with ginger and shallots
The tripe was soft and well-cooked with a nice thick sauce. I still prefer the black bean version, but this one hit the spot.
Fried pork balls
I excitedly pulled apart one of the pork balls but found that it was not fresh. The waiter silently took the plate and returned a minute later with the same pork balls, a tiny bit warmer from the microwave. Not cool! At least at Yum Cha House, they took the dish away and deleted it from our bill. Also there was not enough filling inside, mostly just the chewy pastry.
BBQ pork buns
The pork buns were light and fluffy but needed more filling. Good enough.
We caught the tray of sesame balls leaving the kitchen so they were warm and fresh. Lovely brown crunchy fried sesame seeds, soft rice flour outside, and sweet red bean inside. Yum!
Pork and prawn dumplings
The shu mai dumplings were tasty coated in chilli oil, but stuck together because they were sitting on the trolley for too long. We visited during Friday lunchtime, so there’s no excuse for food that isn’t piping hot and fresh.
Prawn rice flour roll
The waitress was lovely and obliged my request for “lots of sauce please”. Standard and tasty, possibly a bit chewier than I would prefer.
The xiaolongbao (little dragon buns) were juicy and the dumpling skins were soft. My favourites are served at Xintiandi because they provide Chinese vinegar and ginger, plus they are made fresh-to-order.
Pickled jellyfish and chicken
The cold dish of picked jellyfish, chicken, and vegies is an acquired taste. Jellyfish has a weird rubbery texture! We were disappointed that this dish was not sour and vinegary. Next time I’ll remember not to choose jellyfish unless the colour is pale and unappetising because that’s when it tastes the best.
Our meal was $65 for 3 people, including my fav Chinese tea (bolay cha). Very reasonable prices considering how much food we ordered. Pity about some of the dishes served luke-warm. We might return on a weekend so the food is fresh, but I don’t want to join the long queue outside on a Sunday.
Likes: good range, very quick service
Dislikes: some dishes served luke-warm
Value for money: good
Overall: might return, but it’s not my favourite dim sum in Northbridge
26 Roe St
(08) 9328 9288