Cup wonton soup

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I came across a “cup wonton soup” down at the local woolworths. It’s was under two bucks, I was hungry, it was convenient for work.

You just open the packet and pour hot water over, but the contents were already soggy with broth.

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0/5 wontons – no wontons in sight here, just a messy mix of something….

2/5 broth – this would have been quite fine minus the wontons, the mushrooms were a good taste

Well I’d only recommend to buy this if your crazy about finding out new wontons like me, or if you’re bored!

Pho Huang Gia – The Valley

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In wanted to go to the usual Vietnamese, but they were booked out.
So we decided to try the one a few doors down.

It wasn’t as busy and the food came fast, wonton soup of course!

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Wow the size of it was crazy! ( I did manage to finish it of course!)

4/5 service – quick and friendly

2/5 wontons – they were ok

3/5 broth – nice fresh broth

Not a bad place! Big portions, fast service. It’s a good alternative to the Vietnamese down the road if you ever can’t get in!

Yum cha Carindale Shopping centre

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Hi everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve last posted… I’ve been busy at Bootcamp getting fit and haven’t been eating many wontons!
But it was time this week for a wonton fix so a friend invited us to the yum cha at Carindale Westfield. (In the new area food court)

It wasn’t too bad!

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I was really happy that they had a small wonton soup on the yum cha menu!
Even happier once I tasted it and it was home made.

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Shanghai dumplings were ok, Just lacking a bit of juiciness.

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The BBQ pork buns were yummy – as they are everywhere.

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We didn’t really like the fried pork dumplings too much, the skin was too thick and dry, the filling was also dry.

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The steamed seafood dumplings were actually my favorite. They stayed together, we’re really tasted and the skin was light. Definitely order these!

3/5 service – friendly and efficient

3/5 waiting time- they were quick here, but when we wanted the bill, we were ignored

3/5 dumplings – I have had better!

4/5 wonton soup – next time ill be getting a big size!

This place isn’t bad, especially if you’ve just finished shopping and need a yum cha fix!
Otherwise I’d stick to good old Chinatown for yumcha!

Aldi frozen Yum Cha

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We do our weekly grocery shopping in Aldi. This week I decided to pick up a packet of frozen yum cha for our Sunday snack.
Sure was keen to see what we’ll get for $5!

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12 Spring Rolls
6 Dim Sims
4 Prawn Toasts
4 Money Bags

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It was actually quite yummy, considering its frozen and just under $5!
It filled me and boyfriend up.

2/5 – big enough and tasty enough for frozen food!

Chinahouse Yum Cha

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I’ve realized that I haven’t had one Yum Cha entry yet!! It is my favorite brunch in the world ( besides champagne)…

So after a concert and a few drinks this Saturday night I was well prepared for a Sunday yum cha session.

We randomly stumbled into Chinahouse Seafood restaurant in China Town.
It was packed and we somehow scored a small table next to the fishtanks.

The trolley was onto us in a minute and first up was pork and peanut dumplings and prawn dumplings….

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Yummmmmy! This and green tea was just the right thing for us today!

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We always get sticky rice with yum cha it just goes really well with everything and I love using it as a plate!

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Siu Mai – one of my all time favorites!

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And of course we can’t go without custard tarts and mango pancakes!

Love yum cha!!

3/5 service – weren’t the best waiters when we wanted extras

4/5 waiting time – had to wait a bit for sauce and water

5/5 dumplings – you just can’t go wrong at a place like this!!!

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Satay Ria – Cannon Hil

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I’ve always been keen to know what the Malaysian/ Chinese little restaurant is like in Cannon Hill Shopping centre. First because I love Malaysian food and second, it’s a tiny supermarket restaurant and I usually expect fatty, fast and below average food.
Satay Ria proved me wrong- great Nasi Lemak and chrispy chicken!

So we were having a lazy Saturday night and I was craving some wontons for a change ( and some deep fried anchovies), we decided to try this place.

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They only had a small wonton soup but that was all I needed.

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Plump housemade wontons- yes please!

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Well , instead of Choy Sum, I got two snowpeas. But it’s about the wontons, isn’t it! The broth was definatley home made, really nice. The pork on top was ok.
The wontons were home made but a bit dry and I just couldn’t find any crunchy chestnuts. They were alright as an entree, if I had this as a main meal, I would have wished for a bit more juiciness and taste.

2/5 Wontons – slightly too dry

4/5 broth – really fresh and tasty

5/5 service – friendly staff and it didn’t take too long to cook our dinner

5/5 price – cheap and yummy! What a great place for yummy authentic malaysian food.

What really made my evening though was the main – my all time favorite, Nasi Lemak.

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4/5 Nasi Lemak – yummy!

My new favorite place for Malaysian food!

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Happy Little Dumplings Grand Opening

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Bulimba’s best dumpling makers just opened their own little dumpling haven just off Oxford st in Bulimba and it was super exciting for me ( and everyone else).
I’ve been to HLD before (also have a review on this blog), so having them set up this little dumpling cafe permanently was a great idea for the business. And for me…

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The place looks absolutely beautiful, cozy and welcoming! The groovy AstroTurf is a great way to have the seating area decked out, its like walking down the red carpet, but for yummy food!
It’s cute inside and the girls are generous enough to give us free green tea!
And I was happy that they still make their home made chilly soy. Also they had a lemongrass chilly sauce ( correct me of I’m wrong) and that was superb too!
Onto the best bit:
The dumplings were cooked to perfection. I actually had some for morning tea after my run and then went back for lunch later with a friend.
Once you go here, you will become an addict.
I ate my way through every different flavor, duck, roast pork and buk choi, mushroom, pumpkin, prawn and chives, tofu, and the tasty siu my.
And to top it off, a home made scrumptious pork bun…

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The girls have outdone themselves again!

5/5 dumplings – simply the best

5/5 service – always a smile and a thanks

extra points for free tea and the best soy in the universe

Well all I can say is, if you miss out on these dumplings, you’re pretty crazy!

Ps. Don’t neglect the mango pancakes, a special treat! My boyfriend gobbled down two the other day!

Dragonfly brisbane

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I got really excited when a couple of friends of mine decided to try “Dragonfly” Brisbane city.
I only heard of it through another blog about brisbanes dumplings and was even more excited when I heard that its all you can eat!

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The first impressions on the restaurant were, trendy, cozy, not really a place where you would eat yum cha and the music could have been Asian inspired.
Our expectations were very high for our $18.95 meal.

You got to pick between for baskets at a time – deep fried or steamed.
We were told by the waitress that we weren’t allowed to pick the exact dishes from the menu, they will be sent out randomly to us, which was fine with us because we planed in having every dish once.

So or the first round we got samosas, spring rolls, veggie pot stickers and pork gyoza.
I personally wasn’t expecting samosas at yum cha, but they were still yummy.
The spring rolls were delicious and so far our favorite.
The dough of the pot stickers and gyoza were the same and quite thick and doughy. The fillings were tasteful though.

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Onto the next round. Disappointment, as we got exactly the same dishes again.
I didn’t want to have any more deep fried samosas, but we all enjoyed another round of the spring rolls and dumplings.

We were starting to fill up at this point and we were worried we were going to get the same dishes again, so I called the waitress over to adk her to please tell the kitchen to send something different out ( there were still prawn wontons, Sui Mai, pork steam buns and some deep fried puffs to try). She told us again that the kitchen just sends them out randomly but We insisted on her getting us other dishes and she did.
On to the next excitement.

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We had prawn wontons, pork steam
Buns, sui mai and more pork gyoza.

The steam buns looked like dumplings and tasted good, then prawn wontons were quite tasty but the sui Mai wasn’t the best I’ve had. Again the dough was heavy and tough.

We were now at our limits and had to give up eating. No deep fried ice cream for us!

The experience was quite fun and exciting, the yum cha not the best I’ve had. I won’t go running back any time soon, only to show more people that would be interested and hungry!

2/5 steamed dumplings – the dough was too heavy and thick, fillings only ok

3/5 deep fried – spring rolls were our favorite although I do not want to be eating deep fried all night and certainly not any more then two samosas!

2/5 service – very slow staff and it took us more then ten minutes to pay because no one was trained to split the bill ( which we didn’t know we weren’t allowed to do)

4/5 price – not bad for what we got!

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Veggo Dumplings for my sister

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I had a request from my little sister to make Vegan dumplings. I havent mastered my own dough yet, but my filling is Vegan. This is quite funny as my sister is on the other side of the world and she can’t even taste them, so she will have to go on her own little dumpling making mission to make these!

I was feeling creative and had some leftover veggies, so I decided to make the tastiest filling I can.

My ingriedients were:

  • a large handful of fresh shitake mushromms
  • Half a block of Firm tofu
  • Garlic and spring onions
  • Half a sweet poptato
  • leftover pumpkin
  • a whole chilli
  • coriander
  • ginger
  • sesame oil
  • chinese cooking wine
  • soy sauce
  • salt and pepper

First i made two different mixes but then i decided to go and mix them both together.

yummm!!

So first i chopped all the ingridents into tiny pieces all into a bowl. In the meantime i had the pupkin and sweet potato cooking in the mikrowave and the garlic and the spring onion on a quick fry. When the potao and pumpkin was ready, i mashed them all up together and added it to the bowl with the other ingriedients. Then I made the dumpling magic happen!!

These dumplings came out wonderful!! Sophie, my sister can now cook these for my mummy!!

Enjoy!