In my opinion there are not many outstanding Chinese restaurants in Adelaide. The owner of the restaurant used to own Gouger Palace on Gouger Street, now long gone. I remembered going to yum cha there in those times. This restaurant is located on Payneham Road and there's a handful of Chinese restaurants down that way. This restaurant serves yum cha and opens for dinner at night except for Tuesday. I must say the service is not great, the owner of the restaurant is always friendly but some of the staff there are just rude. However I do commend their food there, it has always been consistently good, from the time it was Gouger Palace till now. I do enjoy dining at the restaurant for the food. This time I decided to blog about dinner. It was jam packed on a Sunday night, we did not make a booking and was lucky enough to take the last table that was available. I didn't realise that on a Sunday night it could have been so busy. It took us some time to read through the menu, so we decided to speak with owner - Freddy and asked for recommendations. No one knew better than him.
We started off with a seafood and tofu soup. The soup is thicker than normal and that is how it should be. It has always been one of my favourite. There were peas, bbq pork, prawns, tofu and egg in it. Very tasty indeed and I could have had another bowl quite easily. However, I didn't want to feel up my stomach too quickly.
There was pipa tofu. A lof of restaurants does this dish very differently. It is basically tofu mushed together with some prawn meat, spring onion and some seasoning beore they are made into balls to fry. A special sauce was made and poured over the dish. I much preferred the sauce to be on the side of the bowl. Every restaurant has his dish, but there's not one that's the same. I much prefer the ones at Ding Hao. They are smaller and a little more tastier.
The marinade on the pork ribs were delicious, the meat was tender. They were covered in the right amount of salt and pepper.
Super delicious crispy skin chicken!!
The crispy skin chicken was one of the best that I have had in a while. The skin was so crispy, that it came right off the bone. The meat was done perfectly, and the meat was very flavoursome. It wasn't bland at wall. We thought we had ordered enough, but there was more to come. Seafood combination in a clay pot, seafood with some vegetables cooked in clay pot. Yes there was actually seafood in the pot, unlike some chinese restaurants when they say seafood, and only a couple of prawns would appear. There was fish fillet, squids, scallops, prawns, fried tofu and vegetables. It was delicious. Just that our eyes were bigger than our stomach.
Last, we ordered the special fried rice. Again this is one of the best fried rice, second best after my parent's cooking. We tend to order this fried rice over steamed rice everytime we go. It had all the basic ingredients, all tossed in a wok.
This restaurant hadn't lost its quality. A little was out from the city, but that's doesn't matter, if you want good food, you have to hunt them down.
I enjoyed my dining experience at Payneham Chinese Restaurant and I will keep coming back.
Visit Payneham Chinese Restaurant - 307 Payneham Road, Royston Park, SA 5070, (08) 8363 6883