Saturday, February 11, 2012

Taipei Delight

Location: 14 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
Cost: < $10
Score: 7.5/10

Looking somewhat more dilapidated than their original street-view photo, Taipei Delight still serves up some fantastic food.  Directly opposite Dan Murphys, this restaurant is well away from the  main Kingsway drag, and therefore, I'd assume, gets less custom.  That still didn't stop the place from filling up on a Thursday lunchtime.
Hot Spicy Special Fried Noodles
Of the five page menu, two of which are taken up by bubble tea, and another three quarters of a page was for takeaway, leaving our options a little limited.  I had the hot spicy fried noodles (above) which were quite delightful.  There was even a noticeable amount of chilli in it, so bonus points there.
Spicy Beef with Rice
While I didn't actually try any, the spicy beef with rice looked slightly less awesome, although this was made up by the inclusion of a fried egg.  Fried eggs make anything better.  The beef was a bit 'stew'ey which for me is a little bit of a turn off.
Pork Dumplings
The dumplings came in sixes, and were accompanied by red vinegar, which was a good touch.  Overall they seemed a little more delicate than the standard bulk-buy dumplings you can get elsewhere.

We also had a potato dish thingo that was on special, although for the life of me, I can't remember what it was called.  It started with a K.  These were ok, and the mayo on top of them were nice, but nothing stand-out.

Overall, Taipei Delight is a great place to eat, and I would have no hesitation revisiting.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mr Wang Food Dumpling House

Location: Shop 4, 251- 255 Burwood Hwy, Burwood,Vic
Cost: < $10
Score: 6.5/10

When diving past another favourite of mine, Taste Dumpling, I notice a new place named (quite spectacularly) Mr Wang Food Dumpling House.  This shop used to be a charcoal chicken joint, that I frequented during my uni days.  It looks like the Mr Wang people moved there overnight.  The signs seemed to be pinned over the originals, and in some cases (as in the above photo) not removed at all.  The odd thing about this is that all the tables and menus etc seem to be well travelled, leading me to believe that they left an alternate premise to move to Burwood.

In true chinese cafe style, the menu is brief, and full of spelling mistakes.  There are several dumpling dishes, which actually list the ingredients on them - I'm still not sure if this is a good thing or not.  There are also several modifications to the menu, classily omitted by the use of gaffer tape over the offending items.  When we visited, around 12:30, the place was completely empty, but soon filled up over the course of the next hour or so.

The food was adequate, however the dumplings had a weird taste that we could not put our collective fingers on.  I didn't mind it so much, but it was not what we were used to.  The ginger and shallot pork on rice was nice, however the rice was a little dry, which caused chopstick issues, especially due to the lack of a bowl present.

Mr Wang Food Dumpling House is worth a quick visit, but it's hard to recommend considering the proximity of Taste Dumpling almost immediately next door.

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