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Dumpling Hut – Kogarah NSW Restaurant Review

Let’s be honest. Dumpling Hut in Kogarah doesn’t look very appetizing. Their decor leaves much to be desired, but if you can get past this barebones, no-frills visual style you will find very well priced, fresh from frozen pan-fried dumplings.

The pork and chive dumplings are very yummy and delicious. They’re only $8 for 15, and even cheaper if you bring a friend with you. They come out hot and juicy, and are great for a quick lunch.

The service is also good and friendly. I feel like the staff are very dedicated to their restaurant and I really hope they succeed.

I’d love to go again but unfortunately I hardly have time to leave work during the day now.

Dumpling Hut Kogarah
Shop 5/13 Belgrave St, Kogarah NSW 2217
0455 376 304

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Chinese

No.1 Malatang 壹號麻辣燙 – Kingsford NSW Restaurant Review

Wow. What a legitimately bad time for two humans.

No 1 Malatang (壹號麻辣燙) was one of the only restaurants open late on a weekday night in Kingsford. The first thing you notice when you enter is the toilet-like smell, concentrated in the area where you choose your ingredients. We should have turned back then but unfortunately hunger won and we prevailed.

The ingredients weren’t fresh, so much so that when we were waiting for our food to be cooked we saw one of the staff members holding up a tray of raw meat to sniff it to see if it was still good.

Once the meal arrived some of the ingredients (notably the tofu and the quail eggs) tasted unusual.

Towards the end of our meal we noticed that the honey tea which we had paid $3.50 for each had expired five months ago in January.

Overall, dining No 1 Malatang in Kingsford was an awful experience that had us wondering whether we should just leave even though we had already paid the entire time. I am very concerned about the food safety at this restaurant and actually don’t think places like this should exist.

I would strongly advise you avoid this restaurant and instead visit Yang Guo Fu Malatang which is just down the road.

No 1 Malatang Kingsford
522 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

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The Good Kitchen – Hurstville NSW Restaurant Review

I wanted to go to Canton Noodle House after work last night. I was so keen that I asked my girlfriend to drive me from work straight to the restaurant to optimise parking time. Unfortunately when we arrived at 8:45 the restaurant which had advertised itself to close at 9:45PM was already closed. So we went across the road to The Good Kitchen instead.

I was initially drawn to the Good Kitchen by a photo of 皮蛋瘦肉粥 on its Zomato page. This implied to me that it would be a quick and easy place to get a quick and easy feed. It was only until we were situated and tea had been served that I realised that The Good Kitchen is very much a legitimate restaurant, complete with its own live seafood tanks (more on that later), and not as accommodating for a quick and easy meal. My girlfriend will attest that I deliberated leaving after looking at the menu, but ultimately stasis was the basis of my decision.

Hokkien Fried Rice

I enjoyed the Hokkien Fried Rice. It was a large portion, with plenty of topping. The flavours were adequate but not what I was expecting from Canton Noodle House.

Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork in Claypot

We felt that the Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork in Claypot was somewhat middling. The eggplant we felt was not cooked enough and required too much biting and chewing. My girlfriend, who is the local expert in spicy eggplant and minced pork also felt like it was not spicy enough.

Eight Treasure Tofu in Claypot

I am an absolute sucker for combination braised bean curd hot pot and was sad and alarmed not see it on the menu. The closest I could find was “braised tofu in hotpot”, however upon asking the staff we were dismayed to find that this particular dish was tofu only. Taking a gamble on the Eight Treasure Tofu in Claypot was a great decision. I didn’t know if it would be what I wanted to be, as eight treasure soup is just eight different beans, but it was. And it was good.

It is important to mention that our meal was rudely interrupted by a lobster cage match which broke out in the left lobster tank. I think that when you are a Chinese restaurant your threshold for putting more aquatic animals into a tank is that as long as there’s water on 3/4 of the animal’s surfaces then it’s plenty of room and more can be put in there. While I’m not the world’s strongest advocate for the welfare of delicious crustaceans I do think that overcrowding may have been involved in the 7-way free-for-all that transpired during our meal. We were also witness to a vertical fish in a socially distanced tank far away from the lobsters.

Overall The Good Kitchen wasn’t what I was looking for, but it ended up being what I needed. A protip for new players is that eight treasures is literally combination. I would rate The Good Kitchen four angry lobsters out of five.

The Good Kitchen
171 Forest Rd, Hurstville NSW 2220
(02) 9579 1688

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Chinese Drinks

Hey Fresh – Kingsford NSW Re6staurant Review

There are a number of great places for bubble tea in Kingsford. What a shame that none of them are open at 10PM on a Thursday.

Hey Fresh is co-located with Yang Guo Fu Ma La Tang on Kingsford’s main strip. It’s one of the last tea places to stay open every night, and with the ongoing two for 1 special we thought we’d give it ago.

What a mistake.

Neither the lychee or strawberry fruit teas tasted very good to us. I guess it’s difficult to describe but I think they just tasted way too artificial. I was surprised to find the lychee fruit tea pink in colour, as lychee flesh is generally white and only the shell has some redness to it.

Overall rating: I would not recommend to a friend or colleague.

Hey Fresh Milk Tea
520-522 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032