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Go-in Canteen

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published July 13th 2016
Located along Gouger Street, Go-in Canteen is a great place to enjoy a wide variety of delicious and relatively cheap Asian cuisine. The restaurant is very popular with the locals, attracting large crowd during the peak dinner hours when the weather is good.

One of the various noodle dishes that can be ordered here, the Special Cooked Hot and Spicy Diced Pork Noodle has noodles that were cooked to al dente with pork cooked just right and broth with a potent spicy flavour. If you prefer, this dish can also be prepared using rice instead of noodles.

Go-in Canteen, Special Cooked Hot and Spicy Diced Pork Noodle, Adelaide
Special Cooked Hot and Spicy Diced Pork Noodle (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Also known as Soup Dumplings, their Traditional Steamed Shanghai Mini Buns were of a generous size with juicy pork filling with a gingery taste. To best enjoy them, bite a small hole in the dumpling and sip the "soup" before eating it. While flavourful on its own, you can use the provided soy sauce and vinegar to make a dipping sauce to give it more flavour.

Go-in Canteen, Traditional Steamed Shanghai Mini Buns, Adelaide
Traditional Steamed Shanghai Mini Buns (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those that desire a rice dish, a good choice is chicken or pork chop served with fried rice. While both the chicken and pork chop were fried to golden brown, we preferred the chicken chop due to it being a bit crispier and juicier compared to the pork chop. We also enjoyed the fried rice due to its fluffy texture and delectable "char-grilled" flavour with the vegetables providing extra texture.

Go-in Canteen, Chicken Chop with Fried Rice, Adelaide
Chicken Chop with Fried Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Go-in Canteen, Pork Chop with Fried Rice, Adelaide
Pork Chop with Fried Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Great for a cold day, their Fish Slice with Pickles in Rice Noodle Soup had fish that easily flakes apart in a broth with a delectable sour taste with a bit of heat from the slices of chilli. They also have a variation of this which features beef instead of fish. The wait time for these dishes was a bit longer compared to the other dishes we have tried but the wait was worth it.

Go-in Canteen, Fish Slice with Pickles in Rice Noodle Soup, Adelaide
Fish Slice with Pickles in Rice Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Go-in Canteen, Beef with Pickles in Rice Noodle Soup, Adelaide
Beef with Pickles in Rice Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A good choice for a somewhat lighter spicy noodle dish compared to their Special Cooked Hot and Spicy Diced Pork Noodle, Chongqing Spicy Noodle features noodles cooked just right nicely accompanied with braised peanuts and bok choy. The soup used in this dish had a wonderful spicy flavour with a slight tongue numbing sensation.

Go-in Canteen, Chongqing Spicy Noodle, Adelaide
Chongqing Spicy Noodle (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Noted for using what we assumed to be slices of Korean rice cakes, their Stir-fried Rice Cake with Pork Mince and Vegetable had rice cakes cooked to perfection partnered well by the minced pork. The sauce the ingredients were cooked in helped to give the dish a slightly sweet flavour which was not too overpowering.

Go-in Canteen, Stir-Fried Rice Cake with Pork Mince and Vegetable, Adelaide
Stir-Fried Rice Cake with Pork Mince and Vegetable (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Similar to a dish offered at Bing's Chinese Restaurant, their Fried Pork Dumplings had a wonderful crispy skin contrasting well with a pork filling that we thought to be tastier compared to their Traditional Steamed Shanghai Mini Buns. As with the Steamed Shanghai Mini Buns, you can use the sauces provided on the table to create a dipping sauce if you wish to give it more flavour.

Go-in Canteen, Fried Pork Dumplings, Adelaide
Fried Pork Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While their Steamed Spicy Pork Bun comes as a serving of two buns, the size of the buns were generous enough for them to be easily shared with a friend. The buns had the chewy texture that we expected from steamed buns with the filling resembling a dry version of the pork from their Special Cooked Hot and Spicy Diced Pork Noodle. A non-spicy vegetarian version is also available for non-meat eaters.

Go-in Canteen, Steamed Spicy Pork Bun, Adelaide
Steamed Spicy Pork Bun (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Ambience of the restaurant was similar to a small café with a good amount of seating space. A good amount of parking space is available on the street where the restaurant is located with the choice of off-street parking in the U Park across the road. The drawback of this restaurant is its cash only policy.

Go-in Canteen, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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Why? To enjoy affordable and delicious Chinese food.
When: 4.30pm-11.30pm
Phone: 08 8231 1188
Where: Shop 4, 31-39 Gouger St, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $12 per dish
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