6 January 2014
Three awesome ladies headed to Northbridge on Friday afternoon to satisfy dumpling cravings. Xintiandi is our usual haunt for xiao long bao (“little dragon buns”) but it was closed without explanation. We headed down the road to Joy Garden in search of an alternative spot.
It’s fun choosing dishes from trays and trolleys moving around the restaurant. Also it’s worth noting that there’s rarely good value in the online discount coupons for dim sum. Just rock up and choose what looks tasty - it usually will be.
Deep fried squid tentacles
We enjoyed the slightly oily and tender squid tentacles. The batter coating was light and flavoursome, with enough salt to keep me happy!
Xiaolongbao are awesome delightful little mouthfuls. The dumplings are typically served with Chinese vinegar and fresh ginger shavings, but sadly I’ve only seen ginger in Perth at Xintiandi. We were pleased with the made-to-order duimplings because they were piping hot with a delicate wrapper and tasty soupy filling.
Prawn and pork dumplings
The shu mai dumplings were freshly made with bright orange fish roe sprinkled on top. Dunked liberally in chilli oil and chomped down in a few seconds.
Prawn and coriander dumplings
Soft rice flour wrappers, lots of bursty prawn pieces, and freshly steamed. This is another fav dumpling to drown in chilli oil, yum.
Deep-fried prawn dumplings
A scattering of deep-fried indulgence among the steamed dishes is defs the best approach for dim sum. However, it was difficult to smother the dumplings with warm thin mayo (heh that’s what he said) so this one was not really a winner.
Custard buns with salted egg yolk
Both my frends love salted egg custard and I find it facinating and gross to watch people eat these buns. Be careful of the molten gold liquid inside because otherwise it will sploosh out everywhere. These buns were gobbled up quickly even though we were already full!
We feasted and enjoyed endless refills of my favourite tea, bolay cha, but the bill only added up to around $13 each. Dim sum is always such good value aaah! I enjoyed Joy Garden but I don’t think the food distinguishes itself from the hundreds of other dim sum spots in Northbridge. Service was great, no complaints.
Likes: freshly prepared shu mai and xiaolongbao dumplings
Dislikes: no fresh ginger with xiaolongbao
Value for money: dim sum is awesome and cheap
Overall: good food and service, similar to most other dim sum spots
5 Francis St
(08) 9227 8638