When Dumplings Call – You Answer

The intention was to get a couple groceries and head to K-Mart for some junk. It turned into a dumpling dinner.

It’s been a while since we had an impromptu dinner date. Turns out we were both hungry and despite my best efforts on day 1 to eat better, I really don’t take a lot of convincing to throw it out the window. I’d prefer to call it a cheat day. Even if I’m only a day in. Better to fuck up on the first day than the 7th. I can always start again tomorrow without guilt.

We walked past a couple restaurants that were allowing people to dine-in and without a pre-booking which to be honest is a rarity these Covid days. They were all selling more or less the same stuff but lucky for me I’ve been craving a good dumpling for about a month. It’s one of those things I used to eat so often. I’d sometimes go out after work and get take away on my way home or me and a bunch of friends would go for dinner. Those days are long gone.

Dumplings in the city are a dime a dozen though. And there a lot of good cheap ones around. Out in the suburbs you don’t have that many to choose from and finding one that doesn’t cost you $16 for 10 basic ones is also rare. Now I want to make it my business to find the best cheap dumplings in my area. I wonder if I could do it…

We ordered:

  • Steamed Pork Bun
  • Vegetarian Spring Rolls
  • Braised beef brisket with rice
  • Special fried rice
  • Pan Fried Chicken and Shrimp Dumplings
  • Pan Fried Pork and Chive Dumplings
  • Spicy Wontons in Red Chili Oil with Peanut Sauce

What can I say? We like variety. I can’t help but feel like I’ve rubbed off on Brendan with that one because he eats a lot more than he did when he first came to Melbourne. He knows now, we can’t have just one thing. There must be at least 5 dishes. And if we can’t finish it, all good. We take it to go.

To summarize the food real quick.

They look lonely here but they were not lonely once they were in me. Beautiful cushions of heaven.
I don’t usually don’t like sweet chili sauce but this was so good. And so were the rolls.
The braised brisket was so damn good.
I have never had a special fried rice with capsicum and onion in it.
Really good but I didn’t taste or see any shrimp in it.
Exactly what I was crazing!
This was odd too me. Odd doesn’t always mean bad. I knew there was peanut sauce in it but I didn’t expect it to taste like straight up peanut butter. And again, I’ve never had this with that in it. Was surprising. But I like peanuts.

I will admit I did order more than I could eat (as usual). All good though. They allowed me to take it home.

It was nice going out to eat instead of ordering in.

One positive today besides food – I drank a lot of water.

  One thought on “When Dumplings Call – You Answer

  1. Timothy Price
    August 3, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    That was a good variety of dishes that looks like there were all delish.

    Liked by 2 people

    • August 4, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      They were so good but I really have to learn to not eat with my eyes. On the plus side I did have a good lunch today 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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