When this place first opened a couple of years ago, Mr Black and I were sooo excited. We were also anxious that it might not survive, being one of Newtown’s gazillion restaurants on King Street. Happily, Dumpling King is still there and (deservedly) busy!
The menu is extensive, as you can see – this is only half of it! Other must-try dishes are shredded pork with pancakes, chilli eggplant hotpot, eggplant in Beijing sauce and all of the salt and pepper dishes.
One of the things I love about this place is that they have all my favorite north Chinese dishes, as well as delicious dumplings. Having said that, the night I took these photos we were in need of a dumpling fix!
Mr Black loves fried northern style pork dumplings; the ones here are really nice, crispy and not too oily (though they can’t beat the ones at New Shanghai in Ashfield!).
I always get the steamed vegetarian dumplings here as they are the best I’ve had in Sydney. They’re a little chewy and doughy on the outside, and are filled with a combination of cabbage, soft tofu and veges. Even Mr Black likes these, and he doesn’t really care for vegetarian dumplings in general.
One last dish we ordered on this (and every!) occasion is the Chinese cabbage in vinegar sauce. I first tried this at North China Noodle Restaurant in Chinatown and it was love at first bite – and Dumpling King do it beautifully, with a little fresh chilli and a loooot of garlic. Lush.