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Published January 1st 2015
Made While You Watch
As we walked around the corner in the Westfield Plenty Valley Shopping Centre we came across a young lady behind a shop window making homemade dumplings. You could tell she had done this a thousand times before. Each was filled meticulously and folded with one hand and then crimped together with the other. We wondered how long she'd been standing there and how many dumplings she had made today. It reminded me of the prestige Man Tong Kitchen dumplings, so we couldn't resist.
You can't get them any fresher than this
My question was: Which pan fried dumpling to try? These handmade panfried dumplings were an unbelievable $1.35 each. Where can you get a fresh snack for that? Of course they are cheaper by the dozen (eight for $9.50 actually) but we chose to sample a few different treats.
I'd like to try one of everything
The curry puff ($2.50) was on the hot side and delicious. My son loved the miniature dims sims on a skewer ($2.20), the best Spring rolls (I normally don't even try them) and the calamari was tasty. This was sold in a small take away tub for $7. I thought the food was very inexpensive. I just couldn't eat anymore but the steamed buns looked excellent value for $2.50.
All this for about $5
There were fifteen tables and even though we were early for lunch they were nearly all full. I noticed that the meals were very large. The photographic menu was extensive. Some of the dishes looked big enough for a family serve.
While eating my son said "Don't turn around!' I thought it must have been an ex of mine but he was warning me against looking at the ducks hanging up. I would have thought he would have seen these before but he said he just didn't think I'd like to look at them while eating.
Beware of the hanging ducks!
My son told me to pass on to beware of the self-serve soy sauce. It's very runny and ours ended up everywhere. However, to our relief the friendly waitress just said 'It's okay'.
There was plenty of staff waiting to serve us (and very patient with our indecisiveness). The tables were cleared quickly after diners left. So if you are looking for a fast, tasty, inexpensive snack or meal, look out for Dumpling Chef's delicious fresh handmade dumplings near The Coffee Club. That's down the Aldi end of the Plenty Valley Westfield Shopping Centre.