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Published May 31st 2013
Change that name
When I was working at Flinders Hospital it was a common occurrence to skip over to Pasadena for lunch at a Chinese takeaway. At that time, Ching Hwa Chinese Restaurant and some other small shops were part of the complex which then housed the Crows Foodland. With a complete makeover the place is now called the Pasadena Green Shopping Centre. During the rebuilding of the centre the owners decided it was time for them to hang up their aprons for a worthy retirement. Much to my dismay I have been thinking and dreaming of their deep fried, Singapore-style chicken ever since.
With no other good reason to drive all that way for a meal, I was persuaded by a Malaysian friend to give Yumlicious Dumplings a try. It is a coincidence that the latter now sits on the site of the ever popular Ching Hwa Chinese Restaurant which was a haunt back then for the many Malaysians and Singaporeans residing here in Adelaide.
Yumlicious Dumplings strikes resemblance to some of the popular Hong Kong style cafes one might find in Adelaide Chinatown. However it is a notch less bustling and getting a car park was relatively easy.
With a name like Yumlicious Dumplings, one might expect the menu to comprise dumplings only. This could not be further from the truth. Apart from dumplings and wontons, there were many other options like noodles, buns and rice dishes. All were reasonably priced with most around the $9.80 mark. We observed a steady takeaway trade and there were two occupied tables apart from ours.
Whilst snapping up photos for this article I was startled by the boss who came out questioning me the reason for my taking photographs. As he could only converse with me in Mandarin, one of his staff members had to act as a translator. I explained I was taking photographs for an article about his café on WeekendNotes. He was on the verge of telling me to delete my photos but after assuring him of my intentions, I was able to hang onto my camera. A large bag of prawn chips on the house helped to dispel any further awkwardness.
Before long my order of Taiwanese beef noodles arrived piping hot; smooth Peking style wheat noodles in a flavoursome beef broth spiced with star anise and cinnamon was accompanied with a generous serve of beef brisket. The beef brisket was surprisingly nice and lean which scored points from me. The bold flavoured broth was similar if not better than some of the Taiwanese beef noodles I had recently enjoyed on my trip to Taipei.
10 units of chicken and prawn dumplings, just a little too pan fried $9.80
The pan fried chicken and prawn dumplings was also a generous serve which was more than substantial for us. Though the chicken and prawn stuffing was pleasantly well seasoned, we found the dumpling skin 'hardened' through over frying. I would think that the steam ones would be more desirable.
Yumlicious Dumplings was a good find. Its simple décor is catered for casual meals with no frills and at affordable prices as well as takeaways. Though I will steer away from ordering pan fried dumplings from them again, I am not yet ready to dismiss the steamed version. Moreover, the Taiwanese noodles was a good example of a tasty, filling, well priced meal that I would happily recommend. As you may have guessed, I will be detouring to Pasadena Green Shopping Centre more often. It is nice to discover another decent Chinese suburban restaurant when others have closed or moved away.
Would love to try that chicken rice from the former restaurant! Really authentic Singapore style?!
So miss home food!!!
There's another Yumlicious Dumplings along King William Street in the city, will give it a try.