The best Dim Sum / Yum Cha I ever had, surprisingly, was not in Hong Kong nor China's Shanghai or Guangzhou;
the best I had was located wayyyy away from any parts of Chinese region, it was in fact in Australia.
Last year I was brought to this restaurant for breakfast at Star House in China Town, Adelaide.
And the dish completely blown me away.
Far far away.
Almost every single dish that was served was amazing. Take the chicken feet for example, I've never tastsed chicken feet more succulent and full (usually they're very skin-ny and bony, hardly any meat-feel at all), I don't know where did they get their chicken from because those were the fullest chicken feet ever, of skin and meat?
Normally I never order pork ribs during Dim Sum, not because I don't like pork ribs (I adore them), it's just that they always tasted so wrong. It's either very jelly-like or very fatty or very gooey.
But this was perfect. The meat was tender, soft, full, lean, and the sauce absolutely fragrant.
This was the only single dish that did not blow my mind off. The turnip cake was alright, good, but not fantastic. It stood hard competiting against the rest of the award winning dish in my heart.
The har gao was very filling too, prawns were juicy, but nothingto shout about, however when compared to Malaysia standard, it's pretty good actually.
OMG. I love this. Wu Gok, my all time favourite, complete bias review. Enough said.
Never been a fan of Siew Mai, but this was very meaty, reminded me of the siew mai in Hong Kee Tim Sum in Puchong Malaysia I had one few occasions.
Oh I adored this dish. It's like some tofu jelly of almond and some.. fruit taste. I coudn't remember, was it Lychee? It was really good, subtle and soft, bouncy and gorgeous.
But when it came to dessert, nothing, I say, NOTHING beats this god forsaken heavenly loved MANGO PUDDING. Top with thick milk.
The only ever mango dessert that ever made me swoon was the mango pudding with bird nest jelly in Hong Kong, and this completely blew me off the tops!!!
It was SO good, I couldn't resist having seconds! And I NEVER had seconds!
It has the softest, juiciest, fruitiest, mango-ey, sweetish-simply-melt-in-your-mouth texture ever!
I am going to have this everyday when I visit Adelaide again this year.
We then end it with a little bit of Tao Fu Fa (soya jelly), very fragrant. I never liked the TFF, but this was actually pretty good that I could sit down to slowly sip through each soft bite tenderly.
Rating: 4/5 (5/5 to the mango pudding alone!)
Star House Chinese Restaurant
1/39 Gouger Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
Tel: 08 8221 6303
Fax: 08 8221 6303