I just wrote the article on Sunday about my Yum Cha restaurant of choice, East Ocean Restaurant in Sydney’s Chinatown (see Yummy Yum Cha in Sydney’s Chinatown) and I have to say sorry to East Ocean as I have a new Yum Cha Restaurant of choice – Pier Nine Chinese Seafood Restaurant at King Street Wharf.
I had seen the restaurant being built over the last few weeks and knew it was going to be Chinese but was unsure if it would serve Yum Cha. My friend at work said if they had fish tanks in the restaurant (which they were building) it was more than likely Cantonese and there was a good chance they would serve Yum Cha.
Pier Nine Chinese Restaurant opened on Monday, 15th December 2014. I went in for lunch today (Wednesday 17th December). As I walked in the door the waiter said ‘You want to try the Yum Cha menu?’ Oh yes I do! Finally Yum Cha close to where I work.
I work just 1 street away from King Street Wharf, and before this week the closest Yum Cha restaurant we knew about was in QVB Building – Fat Buddha Restaurant, which does serve good Yum Cha. We often used to jump in a taxi down to Chinatown just to go to East Ocean. Now we can just stroll around the corner to Pier Nine. Thank you Pier Nine for bringing Yum Cha to our part of Sydney.
The yum cha dishes I tried were exceptionally good. The main waiter (maybe the owner) had a chat with me while I was waiting for my food. He was rather proud of just opening the restaurant and said that their quality was much better than the restaurants in Chinatown. And he was right, oh yes he was!
First up was my favourite, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns. I always judge a Yum Cha restaurant by the BBQ Pork Buns and I was impressed. Light and fluffy buns with a delicious BBQ sauce and big, and I mean BIG chunks of BBQ pork inside. And let me tell you the experience just got better and better as I devoured each dish.
Next were the steamed prawn dumplings (ha gao) which were delightful. The prawns were large, plump and firm with great texture and the dumpling wrapping was soft though still firm and didn’t fall apart when I grabbed them with my chopsticks.
Then the rice noodles with beef. As I had already ordered the ha gao, the waiter suggested I try the rice noodles with scallops, which was tempting but I decided to go the beef. Oh Boy! Delicious! The rice noodles were glistening when they arrived at the table. The beef inside was thick, and I could see it has been prepared with coriander. I took a bite and was in heaven. Such beautiful flavour with the firm beef and the strong fresh taste of the coriander.
I was going to finish up with some egg custard tarts and then a waitress came over with a tray and offered me some glutinous combination dumplings. Oh go on. Why not. They were pretty damn good too.
I knew I had eaten alot though really wanted to try their custard tarts. BUT they didn’t have any. A damn good reason to go back. Stay tuned for the pics of the egg custard tarts from my next visit. I am sure it will not be long before I go back.
Pier Nine Chinese Seafood Restaurant is located at;
19 Lime Street
King Street Wharf
Ph: 0411 888 650
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