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Go-In 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 May 8th 2016
Located along the quieter part of Gouger Street, Go-In Chinese Restaurant serves a good range of Chinese dishes, many of them being a bit different from those we ate at other Chinese restaurants. Service at the restaurant was very efficient, with our dishes arriving not long after we ordered them. The place appears to be very popular with the locals with a large crowd present during our visits.

For a dish whose name suggests only consisting of tofu, their Marinated Fried Tofu with Spicy Sauce actually consists of squid, fish, peas, corn and luncheon meat cooked with tofu in a spicy sauce. All the ingredients accompanying the tofu were cooked just right with the spicy sauce lifting their flavour without overwhelming them.

Go-In Chinese Restaurant, Marinated Tofu with Spicy Sauce, Adelaide
Marinated Tofu with Spicy Sauce (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another great dish of the restaurant is their Grilled Cooked Cauliflower. The cauliflower had the right amount of bite to it and the slices of pork cooked with it complemented the vegetable well. Both ingredients were cooked in a spicy sauce which helped to give the dish a moreish spicy taste.

Go-In Chinese Restaurant, Grilled Cooked Cauliflower, Adelaide
Grilled Cooked Cauliflower (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Smoked Yellow Croaker in Shanghai Style is one of various dishes on the restaurant's menu that is served cold. As its name suggests, this dish is made from smoked yellow croaker which we thought were fried to help crisp up the skin. While it can be a bit difficult to eat due to the bones, the fish still had a subtle smoky flavour with the flesh contrasted nicely by the crisp skin.

Go-In Chinese Restaurant, Smoked Yellow Croaker in Shanghai Style, Adelaide
Smoked Yellow Croaker in Shanghai Style (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


We don't think the chicken in their Deep-Fried Chicken in Tinfoil is actually cooked in tinfoil but it's still a lovely dish. The flesh of the chicken was very tender, which was a great contrast to the lovely crispy skin. Served with the chicken is some sweet chilli sauce that it can be dipped in. Compared to the sweet chilli sauces we tried at other restaurants, the one at Go-In had a bit more of a savoury flavour.

Go-In Chinese Restaurant, Deep-Fried Chicken in Tinfoil, Adelaide
Deep-Fried Chicken in Tinfoil (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For those who like something spicy, their Stir-fried Pork Slices with Shallot is a good choice. It features pork stir-fried with two types of chilli, dried chilli and spring onions. The slices of pork were cooked to perfection with the three types of chilli giving the dish a delectable fiery hit. The firmer spring onions also helped to give the dish a bit more texture.

Go-In Chinese Restaurant, Stir-fried Pork Slices with Shallot, Adelaide
Stir-fried Pork Slices with Shallot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The solid Chinese furniture of the restaurant gives it a formal feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. The carpark spaces on the street where the restaurant is located tend to fill up quickly during the peak dinner hour so it advisable to arrive early to avoid having to search for a space.

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When: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Phone: 08 8231 9889
Where: 161 Gouger St, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $18 per main dish
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