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Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published November 5th 2015
Located in St Peters, Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant's owner is notable for owning Fortuna Court Chinese Restaurant, a very popular restaurant located in Norwood. The dishes served at Chef Dong are quite unique, with some of the dishes using combinations of ingredients rarely seen in the Chinese restaurants that we have eaten at so far. Service here was also very good, with the staff regularly refilling our supply of table water throughout the meal.

One of the most unique dishes offered here is their 'Pork with Salted Egg Yolk', featuring pieces of pork chop fried with mashed salted egg yolk. The pork was tender and fried to golden brown, with the salted egg yolk enhancing the flavour of the dish without being too salty. It did have a few bones, but the bones are large enough to easily cut the meat away from.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Pork with Salted Egg Yolk, Adelaide
Pork with Salted Egg Yolk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their 'Five Spice Beef Rolls' is a very innovative dish in which beef slices, cucumber and spring onions are wrapped in roti prata, a flatbread that forms a core of part of Malaysian cuisine. The taste is quite similar to Peking duck with the roti being a wonderful contrast with the beef. If you prefer, there is the option of having the dish made in an entrée serving size instead.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Five Spice Beef Rolls, Adelaide
Five Spice Beef Rolls (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another innovative dish is the 'Fish Fillet with Crab Meat' consisting of deep fried fish fillets covered in a crabmeat sauce that somewhat resembles shark fin soup. The fish fillets were cooked just right with the crabmeat sauce being a good partner to the fish. The texture of the sauce was also thick enough to not mar the crisp coating of the fish.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Fish Fillet with Crab Meat, Adelaide
Fish Fillet with Crab Meat (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Braised Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk' is essentially a vegetarian friendly version of 'Pork with Salted Egg Yolk', with slices of braised pumpkin taking the place of the pork chops. The slices of pumpkin were tender but with still a bit of bite to them with the salty egg yolk being a perfect partner to the slightly sweet pumpkin.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Braised Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk, Adelaide
Braised Pumpkin with Salted Egg Yolk (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While the 'Dry String Beans' is one of their more "normal" dishes, it did not affect the enjoyment of the dish with stir-fried beans that had the right amount of crunch to it. The flavour of the beans was also subtly highlighted by the small pieces of garlic that were stir-fried with the beans.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Dry String Beans, Adelaide
Dry String Beans (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Chef Dong's 'Shredded Duck with Beans and Chinese Mushrooms' puts a unique twist on their 'Dry String Beans' with the slices of duck giving the dish its distinct savoury flavour with the Chinese mushrooms adding a chewy texture to the dish. The string beans were also done as well as the ones from their 'Dry String Beans'.

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant, Shredded Duck with Beans and Chinese Mushrooms, Adelaide
Shredded Duck with Beans and Chinese Mushrooms (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The restaurant had an inviting ambience with a bit of a formal air provided by the décor, with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. A decent amount of off-street parking is also available in the carpark of St Peters Village, the small complex where the restaurant is located.
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When: Lunch: 11am-3pm, Dinner: 5.30pm-late
Phone: 08 83628878
Where: 3/103 Payneham Road, St Peters, SA 5069
Cost: About $18 per main dish
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