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Chinese Dumpling Master

Sometimes all you need is a good plate of dumplings, but today I’m in a rather unusual place to be getting them – Newtown. But there’s a good reason for this; I wanted to chase my dumplings with yet another visit to my beloved MaPo. And after a quick search, I found Chinese Dumpling Master. An outpost of Chinese Noodle House, a Chinatown stalwart, Chinese Dumpling Master is your classic minimal frills, maximum thrills eatery. People pop in and out for a plate of dumplings, a bowl of noodles, and maybe a casual stir fry or two to go with their BYO bottle. The only exception to that is the fake grape vines covering every inch of the ceiling; it…

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Bodhi Restaurant

Now that I have finally finished medical school, I have a glorious two-month window before I start my internship where I’m expected to do nothing except what I want. And even if most of this year hadn’t been spent in lockdown, hitting up restaurants that I normally don’t have time to visit would still be top of my list. And very high up on that list is Bodhi Restaurant. Because even though it’s open lunch through dinner, it’s the yum cha menu that I’m really interested in, and spending half a day on something like that just wasn’t the kind of time I had… until now. Bodhi is tucked away in a lush corner of Cook and Phillip Park, almost…

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Chongqing Street Noodle

A good few years back, K went on a month-long trip back to Hong Kong with his family, and proceeded to be inundated with so many rounds of yum cha that he couldn’t look at a prawn dumpling without gagging for months after. I thought it was pretty funny at the time, and gave him a good amount of grief over it. But as they say, what goes around comes around, and a few years later I was back in Kunming, where my relatives ‘treated’ us to so much of the oily, chilli-heavy local cuisine (basically think Sichuan food) that I’m convinced it was responsible for the gastritis I developed sometime last year.

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Sydney Dumpling King

You know what was the best? Driving 10 minutes to David And Camy’s in Box Hill for a plate of the most delicious dumplings in Melbourne, and having change to spare from a tenner. Growing up with some amazing dumplings on my doorstep, it was easy to take the local Chinese restaurant for granted. Unfortunately all that changed when I moved to Sydney, and whilst there was some fantastic Lebanese food in my area, I was left bereft of dumplings.

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BBQ King

As obnoxious as the term may sound, I consider myself to be a flexitarian, which is really just a buzzy way of saying that I’m semi-vegetarian. For those of you who’ve read a few posts on my blog, this may seem like a big fat, juicy, meaty lie. But even taking into account the one or two times where I go out to eat, I probably don’t have meat more than 4 or 5 times out of the total of 30-odd meals I have each week. Mind you, this wasn’t so much of a conscious decision on my part as a combination of a lack of time, and seeing one-too-many limbs amputated due to diabetes at the hospital, but I…

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Xi’an Eatery

I had first come across Biang Biang noodles at the eponymously named Biang Biang, and have been head-over-heels in love with them from that moment onwards. But whereas Biang Biang is a relative newcomer to the wide noodle scene, Xi’an Eatery has been around for years, serving up bowl after bowl of carb-y goodness to the hungry masses in Burwood. This is a little crazy to think about, but Xi’an Eatery was actually the last restaurant I managed to have a meal at before Covid-19 restrictions shut everything down. And even then, you could already see the pandemic taking its toll. Despite normally having lines out the door, the Friday night crowd was reduced to a mere half dozen. The…

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