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Chinatown Plaza

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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 August 2nd 2018
Update August 6th 2018
Bazaar and Dumpling Mama have been replaced by Dumpling King.

After undergoing a major renovation, Chinatown Plaza is finally reopened for business. This food court features a good variety of stalls offering dishes from various cuisines so there should be something to suit everyone's taste. Portion size of the dishes is quite generous, ensuring that they will be sufficient to satisfy your appetite.

Mandarin Duck specialises in offering various dishes, such as Roast Pork, Char Siu Pork and Roast Duck, that can be seen at places that offer Chinese roast meats. Their Roast Pork was well done, with a crunchy crackling setting off the succulent flesh nicely. The Chinese Sausage was also enjoyable to eat, with the slightly sweet flavour that you would expect. All of their dishes came with soup, steamed bok choy, pickled green beans and some sweet sauce to dip the meats in.

Chinatown Plaza, Mandarin Duck, Roast Meat with Rice, Adelaide
Mandarin Duck's Roast Meat with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While its name may not immediately suggest it, Bazaar is where you can order Japanese cuisine. Their Crispy Chicken had a lovely crisp coating contrasting well with the flesh. Accompanying the chicken was a combination of Japanese mayonnaise and sweet chilli sauce that the chicken can be dipped for more flavour. Some of the other dishes available were Grilled Chicken Skewers and Beef Rice Bowl.

Chinatown Plaza, Bazaar, Crispy Chicken, Adelaide
Bazaar's Crispy Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


If you are in the mood for Malaysian street food, Kampung Boy is the stall for you. Their Char Kway Teow had a good amount of Wok Hei – "breath of the wok" that made the dish piping hot and scrumptious. The ingredients that came with the rice noodles were all cooked to perfection. Kampung Boy's Fried Bee Hoon was also well done with the noodles cooked to al dente and had enough sauce to ensure that the dish was not too dry. Fried Bee Hoon was not on the regular menu but my father saw the cook preparing the dish and yielded to temptation. A variety of chilli sauces were available at the counter if you desire to add a spicy kick to your meal.

Chinatown Plaza, Kampung Boy, Char Kway Teow, Adelaide
Kampung Boy's Char Kway Teow (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Chinatown Plaza, Kampung Boy, Fried Bee Hoon, Adelaide
Kampung Boy's Fried Bee Hoon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


As its name suggests, Yum Cha specialises in serving dishes that you can expect to see at a Yum Cha restaurant. We had my father's favourite Bean Curd Rolls, which had a juicy filling and the bean curd skin was not too chewy. There was also an ample amount of sauce to prevent the dish from being too dry. The sauce also imparted a savoury-sweet flavour to the dish.

Chinatown Plaza, Yum Cha, Bean Curd Roll, Adelaide
Yum Cha's Bean Curd Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Fittingly enough, Dumpling Mama is a good place to enjoy delicious dumplings. We liked that the filling of their Pork Dumplings was very juicy and the skin had a bit of crispiness to set it off. To complete the dish, you can choose from a combination of soy sauce and vinegar or chilli sauce as dipping sauce.

Chinatown Plaza, Dumpling Mama, Pork Dumplings, Adelaide
Dumpling Mama's Pork Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Other stalls in the food court include Posyidon Seafood which offers seafood dishes and Bay's where you can enjoy Vietnamese cuisine. This food court has lost its typical food court look; it is now a cross between a food court and a casual dining restaurant. The common theme of the furniture is wood. There are the usual table and chair seatings, seats within a wooden gazebo, bench seatings and booth seats too. The average price per dish is about $15, which is slightly higher than that at the nearby Market Plaza Food Court. However, the portion size is bigger and the dishes are better presented.

Chinatown Plaza, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm, Fri: 11am-9pm
Where: Moonta Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: Varies, usually about $15
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