06 May 2010

Happy Chef Review ~ Chinese - King Street Newtown


We are going to Hong Kong in a couple of days so we shouldn’t really be eating Chinese food…





Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia


Tonight we planned a huge celebratory feast at Happy Chef in Newtown with our entire readership, ie Mel, but she was feeling unwell and went home. Miss Chicken & I drowned our sorrows in schooners then ventured bravely forth to Happy Chef, it's what Mel would have wanted.


We hadn't been to Happy Chef for a while but we are glad to back. They recently updated the front of the shop but thankfully they didn't touch inside, it is still gloriously basic. It's an eat and run kinda joint, a place you can feel comfortable eating on your own. The menu is standard Cantonese fare (sweet and sour pork etc) plus noodle soups and a few interesting choices.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

I'm not usually a fried chicken kinda guy but the Emperor Chicken is divine. We think the chook is poached before being lightly fried. It is lovely and moist inside and lightly crunchy on the outside. The sauce is served on the side, you can dip or pour it over the chook. The sauce completes the dish: it has a sweet soy flavour, reminds me of kecap manis (sweet Indonesian soy sauce). It is topped with chopped ginger, shallots and chili, maybe some herbs. It has a real zing and I wonder if there is a Chinese Malaysian influence. It also comes with a small bowl of clear soup. The rice at the end qualifies as food porn. Very happy. $12.30.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

Miss Chicken chooses mushroom and beancurd soup, a wise choice. A standard chinese noodle soup with egg noodles, excellent vegetable broth, hunks of fried tofu and dried mushroom.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

The dried mushrooms are divine. How do they make them taste so much better than when we use them at home? $9.50.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

Happy Chef is licensed, $5 for a Tsingtao is a sweet deal.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

The insides have barely changed in the 15 odd years I have been coming here, hopefully it won't change for another 15.

Happy Chef Chinese Restaurant King Street Newtown Australia

Happy Chef is at 266 King St Newtown.

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for your post! I love Happy Chef, my hubby and I go there every week. It is the perfect ending to a long week and I always look forward to it! Easily my favorite place to eat Chinese food, and it's cheap, bonus!

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  2. Ahh love Happy Chef! I used to go to the one in Hunter Connection CBD. The boss lady and dude are super nice! But don't go to the Sussex St food court one as they sold it ages ago and they're not as good (I've tried and wasn't impressed). The Newtown one is their relatives'. Next time you're there try my fave dish the Wonton Noodle Soup yummmm ..with thick flat egg noodles.. add some chilli sauce, chilli oil, and a bit of vinegar and you're good! :D

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Thanks for your comment joy - please keep your musings happy - if you want to complain about a restaurant please do it on a restaurant review site (or your own blog) - we're all about celebrating cultural diversity and the great eats that come along with it. Think Maeve O'Meara, not Masterchef :-)

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