Located opposite T Chow Restaurant in Adelaide's Chinatown, Star Dumplings serves a good range of Chinese cuisine. Despite what the name suggests, most of the food offered here are rice and noodle dishes.
The noodle dishes served here are notable for using handmade noodles which give them a slightly different texture compared the machine-made noodles. While the chunks of chicken in the Hot and Spicy Chicken with Handmade Noodles have bones in them, the chicken is tender enough to easily fall off the bone and the spicy taste complements the noodles nicely. It also has chunks of potato to give a bit of extra texture.
Hot and Spicy Chicken with Handmade Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you prefer something milder, there is the option of choosing their Stir Fried Minced Pork with Bean Sauce with Noodles. The slightly sweet taste of the minced pork in the bean sauce was a good partner to the noodles with the noodles having the right amount of bite to them. The dish also had a few lettuce leaves scattered on top to give the dish a refreshing note.
Stir Fried Minced Pork with Bean Sauce with Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that prefer rice dishes, Star Dumplings has a good range of dishes accompanied with a serving of rice. The Quick Fried Pork Belly with Spring Onions and Rice had pork belly that was cooked just right with the chunks of capsicum and onion helping to bring out its flavour. The sauce the ingredients were cooked in also had a delightful spicy hit that was not too hot.
Quick Fried Pork Belly with Spring Onions (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We also chose to order their Fried Pork Dumplings to see what they were like. The skins of the dumplings were crisp without being too tough which was a good contrast to the succulent filling. The store offers soy sauce, vinegar and chilli sauce that you can dip the dumplings in and if you prefer, and the dumplings can be made with a chicken or vegetarian filling instead.
Fried Pork Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ambience is what you would expect from a small café and there isn't a lot of seating. However finding a place to seat is not too hard because most the locals choose to order the food to takeaway. Parking space within walking distance of the café is located along Gouger Street and at the covered car park on Grote Street.