162-164 High Street
Kew VIC 3101
+61 3 9853 8301
It seems like all I’ve been eating these days is pho and dumplings. I don’t know why, but those two dishes are essentially the only thing I feel like eating when I eat out these days. Probably because they’re cheap, no-fuss and so damn delicious. Can you blame me? That said, I still have a backlog of non-dumpling and non-pho places to work on but for now, here’s another review of yet another dumpling restaurant. And hopefully the last one for a very, very long time (… no promises, though).
A few weeks ago, I decided to tram it up to Kew to get my dumpling fix at Chinese Jin Dumpling House. Earlier in the year, everyone’s favourite food critic, Larissa Dubecki, gave it a positive review in The Age. It would have been a good review too if it weren’t for the fact that the idiot has NO knowledge of regional Chinese food, and assumes that anything that is Chinese in Australia MUST be Cantonese. Fact-checking fail. Fairfax, please get your act together and hire writers who actually know what they’re talking about! Anyway, it was dead quiet when I rocked up one Saturday afternoon after a session at the gym, followed by a massive impulse shopping spree at Toscano’s (oops). Apart from an elderly couple sitting by the wall, there were no other signs of life in the dining room. I’m guessing that they draw more of a crowd during dinner.
It goes without saying that dumplings rule the very modest roost here. In addition to staples such as pork and cabbage, and chicken and chive dumplings, more unusual offerings such as lamb dumplings are offered. On the day I went, I choose a plate of fried pork, prawn, egg and leek dumplings (12 pieces for $11.80, or 16 pieces for the same price if you decide to have them steamed).
They weren’t bad. There was an even spread of pork mince and chopped prawn in each dumpling, intertwined with bits of egg and chives (which they called ‘leek’). The skins were thin and crispy, but lacked that little bit of puff that I like to see in my dumpling so I’ll take minor points off for that. They also didn’t have chilli oil available (which would have made the pork and prawn filling taste Michael Clarke triple-century-OMG-amazing) so chilli sauce and vinegar had to suffice.
It’s a nice enough dumpling restaurant, with a great selection of dumplings and I can certainly see myself coming here to work my way down the menu if I lived in the area. Unfortunately, Kew is a bit of a hike if you’re relying on public transport (hopefully this will change very soon as I will be taking my first manual driving lesson tomorrow morning!) so I can’t see myself making a return visit unless I have other business to attend to in the area. Hmm, maybe another ‘impulse shopping’ spree at Toscano’s should be on the agenda?