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Where's the Best Chinese Restaurant around Adelaide Central Market?

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami and Pokémon
Published August 21st 2015
Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 and officially opened on 22 January 1870. Located between Gouger Street and Grote Street, it's the most visited tourist attraction in South Australia. The market has over eighty traders under one roof, offering multicultural cuisine and fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, cheeses, baked goods and health foods. Eating places have sprung up around Central Market over the years; Gouger Street is now lined with cafes and restaurants, with some spilling over to Grote Street. My family was amazed at the number of Chinese restaurants located in this one single area when we first visited Adelaide. Central Market is now the go-to place for us when it comes to a delicious Chinese meal.

What makes a good Chinese restaurant? For my family, it's tasty piping hot dishes full of "wok hei" (achieved by cooking food in a very hot wok), quick service, the inclusion of new dishes periodically (we just love trying new dishes) and the ability of the chef to turn out off-the-menu delicious dishes on request. Ding Hao Restaurant ticked all these boxes for us. Our favourite dishes at this restaurant are the 'Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab', 'Oyster Omelette', 'Minced Pork with Olives, Mustard & Long Bean, and Aniseed Smoke Tea Duck.

Ding Hao, Adelaide
Ding Hao Dishes

T Chow Restaurant is another restaurant that serves yummy dishes with "wok hei" quickly and efficiently. We have not visited the restaurant often enough to know if they introduce new dishes periodically and are not familiar enough with the staff to request off-the-menu dishes. We love their 'T-Chow Green Peppercorn Chicken' and the 'Deep Fried Quail with Pine Nuts'. The quail is a bit fiddly to eat, but the tender meat, set off by crispy skin, makes the work worth it.

T Chow Restaurant, Adelaide
T Chow Dishes

For casual dining, we tend to revisit Bing's Chinese Restaurant. Their 'Pan Fried Pork Dumplings' is still the best that we have tasted in Adelaide and their steamed whole fish the cheapest we have come across. They also serve my favourite version of 'Spiced Hot Chilli Chicken' due to the generous size of the chicken' and what we currently consider to be the best BBC (Broad Beans with Chinese Chutney) dish in Adelaide.

Bing's Chinese Restaurant, Fried Pork Dumplings, Adelaide
Bing's Fried Pork Dumplings

Hong Fat BBQ Restaurant is where we go for a reasonably priced tasty dinner. The free soup that they provide gives us the feeling of eating a home-cooked meal because a typical Chinese home-cooked meal consists of three dishes and a soup. One of the dishes that we like there is the 'Salt and Pepper Prawns' which has the right amount of zing from the salt and pepper seasoning accompanied with crisp prawn crackers.

Hong Fat BBQ Restaurant, Salt and Pepper Prawns, Adelaide
Salt & Pepper Prawns

Chanay Restaurant and Park Lok Chinese Restaurant are two other Chinese restaurants in the Central Market area that we have dined at and we are still discovering more everyday.

Chanay Restaurant, Beef Fillet Japanese Style, Adelaide
Chanay's Beef Fillet Japanese Style

Park Lok Chinese Restaurant, Taro Duck, Adelaide
Park Lok's Taro Duck
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BBQ city has the best range of inexpensive good tasting food and are very at service
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Happy Corner on Magill road is fantastic.
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