The other day, Adam and I were walking down Swanston Street when something caught our eye:
Chinatown Dumplings received a make-over!
What I found kind of amusing was the little turban-wearing ethnic-looking man they decided to use as their logo. WTF?! As Adam and I walked away, we wondered why they decided to use that man as a logo rather than say, something more seemingly appropriate such as an oriental-looking fella. We both figured that maybe the new owners were Uyghuric, an ethnic Chinese population that come from the Xinjiang region of China and that the restaurant was similar to that of 1+1 Dumplings, a restaurant in Footscray run by Uyghurs (yeah, what a name, right?!?!). Now, I went to 1+1 Dumplings last year but never got around to writing up a review (I can’t do it now because I forgot everything… bloody hell). Oh well, that gives me another excuse to go there soon!
So anyway, today we decided to try out the “new” Chinatown Dumpling Restaurant which was pretty deserted at 2:30pm. The menu itself has shrunk down considerably largely thanks to the omission of pork items (as you can see from the signs above, the place is ‘halal’).
Spicy lamb skewers @ $2 each (we had to order a minimum of four), a popular dish that flies out the door like hotcakes at 1+1 Dumplings (except that 1+1 Dumplings make better ones, according to Adam). Still, Chinatown Dumplings’ version was tasty thanks to all the cumin they marinated the very tender lamb with.
Beef dumplings (15 for $8.50). They weren’t as nice as pork dumplings. The meat just wasn’t tasty enough and what pissed me off the most was this…
Someone needs to teach these people to drain their dumplings before serving them. F*cking gross.
Steamed vegetarian dumplings (15 for $7.50). They were okay, nothing that other nearby places can’t do.
I don’t think I’ll be coming back again. Not only did the excessive oil thing turn me off, I think I just can’t have a meal in a dumpling house without my pork dumplings. If you must go here then, come only for the spicy lamb skewers and get your dumplings elsewhere.