Hu Tong Dumpling Bar - Melbourne

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Don't know where to go for dumplings - Xiao Lung Bao?  Plenty of tables and spread over three floors.  Doesn't matter what time of the day or what time of the week, this place is always fully booked.  Make a booking if you don't want to be disappointed. 

We have been to this restaurant many times, and now it's time to sit down and write a review about this place.

Xiao Lung Bao, soup filled dumpling is a must try

Xiao long bao or the literal english translation is bun steamed in small bamboo baskets. It is originated from Shanghai and it is supposed to be cheap street food.  Xiao lung bao are made of pork traditionally, but now there are vegetables, and all sorts of combinations.  The wow factor is the juice inside the xiao long bao.  Traditionally, you are meant to eat it with chopsticks by holding the xiao long bao by the neck, put a few thin slices ginger onto your spoon together with black vinegar, dip the xiao long bao into the vinegar and put the whole one in your mouth.  The good ones will be so juicy that it will burst inside your mouth. The ones at Hutong did the job.  We ordered not only the traditional xiao long bao, but also the spinach dumplings. They were just as tasty.

Next was the hot and sour soup, many chinese restaurants do these differently, but by far this restaurant has the best hot and sour soup compared to the restaurants in Adelaide. Tofu with century year old egg was the best appertiser, we have ordered this everytime we came.

Next we had the tofu and fish head soup, that was very tasty.  Tea tree mushroom with pork mince was very interesting, all types of mushrooms I have tried, just not tea tree.  They were a little chewy but delicious, the duck was tasty and the meat was tender.  However I prefered the crispy skin chicken, it not only looked good but tasted awesome, ginger with the crispy skin on top was perfect.  Chili cuttlefish was a good choice, the mix with capsicum was perfect combination. The cuttlefish was cooked so perfectly that it melted in my mouth.  This restaurant deserves 5 out of 5 daisies.

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