Restaurant Review – Golden Chopstick (Melbourne)

Published September 20, 2010 by Mary Jane

Afternoon Bloggy friends, I have a feeling tonight I won’t be making any post so thought I better to it this arvo while I’m still awake. Anyways, this particular restaurant we went with our brother in law’s family. My sister in law hasn’t try out this restaurant before and she wanted me to try out with them so I can give them an opinion as to whether this restaurant sells authentic Taiwanese food. I’m very harsh when it comes to Taiwanese food, so far I have not found a restaurant that I would recommend that sells authentic Taiwanese food.

It was a small restaurant, but was quite packed with people. The tables they had came with a round steamboat/bbq tin – I would imagine they use that for steamboat or bbq. Perhaps we should have tried out their steamboat/bbq thing as it might be their specialty. We decided to share a few cold dishes and hot dishes so here they are:

Piggy ears

Piggy ears

Piggy ears are not your typical dish but I love them. I remember when I was young my grandma used to make them and they’re delicious even though the thought of eating an pig’s ear puts me off. The presentation for this cold dish was nice but the taste was only ok, it wasn’t crunchy like the ones my grandma used to make..so a little disappointing.

gibblets

gibblets

The next cold dish was the gibblets they were really nicely seasoned, well balanced with some seasame oil. So I liked this dish 🙂

Tofu with century eggs

Tofu with century eggs

next cold dish was tofu and century eggs, one of my favourite cold dishes – you can’t go wrong with tofu and century eggs as long as it’s well balanced with some soya sauce. So this dish was fine too.

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

The chicken fried rice was disappointing – it’s quite dark in colour and all you taste is the soya sauce and chicken – nothing special, I’ve had better fried rice else where – so this was not up to standard!

Deep fried battered prawns

Deep fried battered prawns

Once again the deep fried prawns were pretty average, nothing special just tasted like prawns battered and deep fried not much flavouring or spice in it…

dumplings

dumplings

Shredded pork wraps

Shredded pork wraps

The next dish is even more bizarre, a shredded pork dish that came with some wraps. At first we thought that’s quite special as the menu had no mention of wraps. Then when I wrapped the pork inside the wraps – the skin texture of the wraps tasted really weird. I only had one wrap. The shredded pork was way too sweet. Something wrong with their seasoning – I wonder if the cook taste his/her food when they send it out cos this one was not up to scratch..

I always go for dumplings – I love dumplings..but I have a feeling these ones won’t taste as good as I expect them to be. The filling is quite nice but the dumpling skin is way to chewy and doughy for my liking. I prefer thinner skin, that’s the way Taiwanese dumplings are – and we use a lot of ginger too so unfortunately, the dumplings aint Taiwanese style. More of mainland Chinese.

Shanghanese Dumplings

Shanghanese Dumplings

The Shanhanese dumplings are not bad, it isn’t one of the best ones I’ve tasted before. But at least its less chewy and doughy than the dumplings.

So overall, the dishes were pretty average – I wouldn’t call them authentic Taiwanese – maybe more close to Mainland Chinese style. Perhaps their other dishes might be better…the Non-Taiwanese ones. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend? Probably not!

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