Recently opened at Hindley Street in Adelaide, MW Dumplings offers Guilin and LiuZhou noodles, a variety of rice noodles famous in China. The noodles can be enjoyed in a soup broth or dry basted in a special sauce. The special sauce is made from beef and pork bones and flavoured with a selection of spices and herbs, which give it its distinctive flavour. Fresh chilli, Sichuan pepper, chilli oil, garlic, dumpling sauce and soya sauce are available on a self-service counter if you wish to enhance the flavours of your dishes.
One of the noodle soup dishes that is a prominent part of their menu, the noodles in their Signature Noodle Soup were cooked to al dente, with the soup broth imparting a delectable savoury flavour. Some pickled vegetables added a bit of sourness to the dish and the addition of fried tofu skin and peanuts provided a crunchy element. The 'bowl' size we ordered should be sufficient for most but a larger size is also available if you are particularly hungry or wish to share it with a friend.
Signature Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who prefer something dry, you can consider ordering the Dry Guilin Rice Noodles. The sauce used to dress the noodles had a bit of tongue-tingling sensation to it, indicating that Szechuan peppercorns were likely included in the sauce. The noodles were done as well as the one from the Noodle Soup dish with some meat added to make the dish a bit more filling.
Dry Guilin Rice Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from their noodle dishes, MW Dumplings also serves a few rice dishes. Great as a meal for one, the Japanese Pork Chop with Rice features a pork chop fried to golden brown, topped with what tasted like Japanese curry sauce to bring out its flavour. Aside from the rice, the dish also came with a small salad and two wontons that were cooked to perfection. Some sweet chilli sauce was provided as dipping sauce for the wontons to add a bit of tang to them.
Japanese Pork Chop with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Befitting a restaurant with dumpling in its name, MW Dumplings offers a selection of dumplings great for a snack or as a side dish to your main meal. We went with the Fried Pork Dumplings, which had a juicy pork filling contrasted well by the slightly crisp wrapper. Although delicious enough on its own, spooning some of the special dumpling sauce available at the 'condiment table' over the dumplings made them even more enjoyable to eat.
Fried Pork Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant had a cosy, causal feel and was pretty crowded when we were there. If you are craving noodle soup or dumplings while in the city, consider dropping by MW Dumplings for a visit.