I started a new job at the beginning of the new year and within a week I knew I had found some fellow foodies. We are all interested in cooking and eating, so a lot of our conversations revolve around what we ate, what we are eating and what we plan to eat. It’s fantastic! For a Friday lunch, a few of my colleagues and I decided to cross the train tracks to gorge ourselves on dim sum in Northbridge.
When we arrived at Northbridge Chinese Restaurant, we were seated straight away. In less than a minute of sitting down, an array of ladies and their food trolleys were at our table, offering us a variety of dishes. We chose quickly, and before long our table was covered in dim sum. I love quick, easy service and thankfully the food was not compromised for this efficiency.
The first dish I tried was the soft-shell crab. The batter was light, and the crab was tender underneath the flavoursome batter. There was a generous amount of chili and garlic, which was perfect for my preference. Around the table, this was a favourite.
It was the first time I tried baked BBQ pork buns and they were a little bit of a revelation for me – I loved the pork filling (the same which is in the steamed pork buns), and the pastry-like exterior.
Our table also grabbed a suite of different dumplings to share, including steamed prawn and pork dumplings. I was surprised at how juicy these dumplings were, as well as the generous amount of prawn within them.
The prawn and chive dumplings were also made with a generous amount of prawns. The subtle chive flavour was a great combination, as it didn’t overpower the prawns.
The steamed prawn dumplings had a very subtle flavour. I loved that these dumplings also maintained the texture of the prawns.
The roast pork was another favourite of our group, with the crackling being possibly the best I’ve had. The pork was juicy and tender, and the overall flavour of this dish was phenomenal.
It’s hard to find perfect steamed pork buns but these were very close. The buns were soft, slightly sweet and the pork filling was a good ratio to the bun exterior.
The bean curd with mince, prawn and mushrooms was the least favourite dish of the day. We found the dish slightly bland, possibly due to the lack of seasoning.
We decided to finish our lunch with kai lan – Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce.
I really enjoyed our lunch at Northbridge Chinese Restaurant – so much so that I can’t wait to head back for dim sum again and I’ll be trying to persuade my team for another visit soon!