just another girl touring around looking for delicious food!
Published April 29th 2012
In close proximity to Cabramatta Station is a bustling Chinese restaurant that has been known to be great for yum cha and dinner. This time around, I was informed of the recent promotions here where the Peking Duck and Live Mud Crab was cheap and delicious. Every Monday and Wednesday evenings, the Peking Duck is $29.80 whole and is served in 2 courses and the Live Mud Crab is $16.80 per half kg. So remember if you want to try these out, it's best to go early to grab a parking spot there before it's all full. When we arrived at around 7:30 pm, the restaurant was already really busy and bustling with people.
Iron Chef Restaurant promotions (credits to Iron Chef website located down below)
The soup was plain with a hint of salt and a tinge of sweetness to it. It's a really good starter to the meal and there are usually some pieces of meat inside as well. Lightly flavoured but definitely something I always look forward to in every Chinese meal at restaurants.
Finally, the first course of duck was served where the waitress displayed to us how she cut the duck into pieces and wrapped the duck in the pancake with a long piece of shallot and cucumber complemented with Chinese Hoi Sin sauce. The pancake was a bit doughy but the strong, crispy and warm taste of the duck with a tinge of freshness from the cucumber complemented with the sweet Hoi Sin sauce made it taste marvellous. Definitely drool-worthy before even tasting it; the smell of the duck had been so enticing.
Then, the other half of the duck was then served chopped into pieces for us to eat. The duck was good but it became rather salty for the pieces on the bottom. However, if you dip it into the sauce provided, it gives a sweeter and a tiny tinge of chilli to it giving it more refined taste as the bottom pieces were plain salty.
The main star of the meal has arrived. We chose to have the live mud crab with ginger and shallots along with 'yi mein' (egg noodles with a chewy and spongy texture). The noodles complemented with the ginger and shallots sauce was so delicious. The taste and texture of the noodles are definitely something you have to try with crab if you haven't. It tasted beautiful. As for the crab itself, the taste was fresh and great complemented with the ginger and shallots (my favourite with crab).
Last but not least, there was the dessert. It was Fu Juk Tong Sui (directly translated as Chinese dried bean curd strips in sweetened water). I was really looking forward to my dessert this time around, however, it wasn't as good as I thought it would taste. It was sweet but not the usual type of sweetness that I like. Many people love this dessert though so don't base it on my preferences. Try it out yourself and see if you're one who loves or dislikes it.
Overall, I really liked the food here, especially since it was so cheap.It's definitely worth a trip. In addition, there are pool tables and a bar connected to the restaurant, so it is possible to chill and relax there afterwards as well.