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Published November 3rd 2012
Want the best value, most delicious Yum Cha in Adelaide?
After a big night out on Friday night, I ventured into Ding Hao Chinese restaurant in Gouger Street at 11:30am for some brunch on Saturday morning. I was a little anxious having not booked a table as it is usually full at this time of day, sometimes with a long line stretching from the cash register out onto the street. Fortunately today my favourite Yum Cha place in Adelaide was not as busy and there were a few empty tables inside.
The unassuming interior seats 130 people in comfortable high-backed chairs, Chinese menus and paintings adorn the walls, and the place is a hive of activity. This licensed venue is open all week for lunches and dinner with a fully stocked bar, wine by the glass and an outside dining area with heaters for the winter months.
The wait staff are plentiful and attentive, and constantly coming out of the kitchen with a delicious array of meals. Spring rolls, fried eggplant, steamed pork ribs, roast duck/chicken and pork, fish cakes, steamed broccoli, crispy beef, fried tofu, chicken feet and sticky rice are some of the mouth watering delights that pass my table. A range of dumplings (either steamed or pan fried) are also on offer including seafood, snow pea, scallops, pork or traditional. The mango pudding or custard tarts are a great way of finishing off the meal, all washed down with a plentiful supply of aromatic Chinese tea.
I was very hungry and opted for the steamed dim sims with pork and prawn which were firm, meaty, hot and delicious. The coriander and prawn dumplings were soft and full of flavour. The crispy chicken with lemon was a generous serve, and the steamed pork buns were sweet and full of delicious tender pork inside. Finally, I couldn't resist some salt and pepper squid which was cooked perfectly; firm but not chewy in a light batter. My only complaint here was that there could have been more of the tasty shallot, chilli and onion mix that really crowns the dish.
I was completely stuffed at the end of this; for the cost of $30 this would have served two people and was very good value. Normally when I go, I usually spend around $20 for three dishes which will buy you a satisfying lunch, but on this occasion I had to sample an extra couple of plates in order to write this article (well that's my excuse, anyway).