Our newest love isn’t your usual high profile cafe or restaurant in Sydney but none other than a small and easily missable (no disrespect intended) Dim Sum Bar located in Haymarket in Sydney’s Chinatown.
Every time we’ve gone to Chinatown in search of good Yum Cha we’ve always seemed to come up short and walk out unimpressed. Could it be that we don’t really know what to order, the waitstaff seeming to struggle with their English, or as we’re in Chinatown the fact that we can’t speak Chinese? Maybe a little bit of all these things but most likely we don’t know what we’re doing 🙂
I’ve quite honestly found it a frustrating search for good service and good dim sum (yum cha) in Sydney up until recently with this new find, The Dim Sum Bar and a previous find Zilver Restaurant. (I’ve recently added Sky Phoenix to our list of Yum Cha Restaurants in Sydney to try and excited to give it a shot).
We had a walk around Dixon Street Haymarket one sunny Saturday when we came across The Dim Sum Bar which turned out to be a fantastic find. We’ve been there three times in the last 2 months and no doubt will frequent it more in the future. As you can see it’s not much to look at but that’s what I actually enjoy…….coming across your unusual, small hole-in-the-wall type restaurants similar to the small street type restaurants I’m accustomed to in Thailand.
Inexpensive, quick and really good yum cha is what The Dim Sum Bar is all about. We’ve never spent more than $30 for myself and Mrs Spicy to eat here including hot tea and drinks which makes this place a really good deal, on top of that I find their yum cha quite good, juicy and great flavour. Coming from a Caucasian background in the Northern suburbs of Sydney, we didn’t grow up eating Chinese on a regular basis, more as a special treat every couple of months or for a Birthday celebration and it never included yum cha.
Mrs Spicy likes their Chicken feet as she prefers them steamed instead of deep fried and these steamed chicken feet come with a spicy sauce…..WINNING! 🙂 I have to say the Xiang Longbao is one of the best I’ve had so far in Sydney and considering they run specials from time to time of 3 for $1 (usually $4.80), you really can’t complain. Nice and fluffy noodle shell with a tender yet chewy inner with the delicious sluuuuuuurp from the chicken broth we all wait for. I ordered 3 sets……fatty!
An added bonus that Mrs Spicy and I always chuckle about is one of the waiters looks just like Jet Li in his younger days; small things amuse small minds I guess. I’m really happy we found this Dim Sum Bar and no doubt it will continually be on our list of places to go, especially as it’s such a quick and cheap place to eat.
So tell me dear reader, where is your favourite quick dine-and-dash eatery that isn’t considered “junk food”?
Photos by Trent Carpenter