LAST UPDATED MARCH 2014
This little stall is the joint that got us hooked on Northern style Chinese food. It has had a makeover and name change since our previous visit last year, but it's still cheap and tasty. We were going to crop the diners out of the photo above until we noticed that these fine folks look like us in the future...
Braised pork (or lamb) burger $4.20. Spicy, cumin flavoured pork in a simple stodgey bun. The chilis aren't nearly as mean as they look. We have to get a 'Chinese hamburger' whenever we visit.
Spicy pork balls - $7.80. Shawn can't resist anything resembling rissoles, he's a dag. These little beauties are served in a spicy sauce with two choices of veggies from the bainmarie of delights: we went seaweed and tofu.
Dumpling soup - $8.80 with 12 dumplings - bargain!
The dumplings are delicious, floating in a clear, lightly spiced broth with veggies. Bargain.
BACK AGAIN, APRIL 2012...
Stir fried cumin lamb - $9. Lovely, lovely chunks of cumin lamb with grated potato, eggplant, fried potato and a generous serve of rice. The more we visit this place the more we like it.
Back again March 2013...
Handmade noodle soup with lamb - about $9.50. Nice lamby flavours in a thin homely broth.
Handmade noodles with chili oil - about $9.50. This is a killer dish - thick chewy handmade noodles coated with chili oil, with a handful of veggies and roasted chilis to give it a twist. Fantastic.
Pork with bamboo shoots - about $9.50.
Braised pork burger - $4.50. Always a winner. Nice crispy bread with cumin flavoured pork in the middle. Those chilis have a bite.
Stir fried Chinese veggies with mushrooms - about $8.
Stir fried handmade noodles with cumin lamb - $9. The noodles really are handmade and have a lovely chew to them. We prefer a less saucy, more cumin-y version of this dish, but it's pretty good all the same.
Oriental Dumpling King is a great place for a cheap, Northern Chinese fix.
BACK AGAIN MARCH 2014...
#16 - Egg and tomato soup with handmade noodles - $9.80. Chinese tomato and egg dishes are comfort food deluxe, it's a magic combo with a sweet umami kick when done right. The broth is simple with homely tomato touch. And the noodles...
...oh those noodles... these are handmade on the premises, thick with a perfect chew to them. This place is a gem.
Oriental Dumpling King is in the Dixon House Food Court, corner of Dixon and Little Hay Streets in Chinatown.