[CLOSED - MARCH-ISH 2014]
Yummy Eight specialises in dishes cooked in steamer basket thingies. Plus they make killer meaty noodle soups and hellbento breakfasts as well. We love it.
Yummy Eight is a super happy restaurant, a bright, pleasant space. It's not huge but there's enough room for a group or two, and it's plenty comfy for dual and solo feeders. The staff are super friendly and helpful, not to mention super kawaii.
We love the super happy terrific drawings on the menus and the cheery customer photos on the wall. There's one photo of a little fella slurping noodles with a huge grin on his face that has us giggling every visit.
Shredded tofu with coriander is wonderful, light and garlicky. The kale has a lovely mustard-y kick, it's chopped up into small pieces so you get bits of leaf and small bits of stalk. Good cheap veggie dishes are hard to find, these are highly recommended, $4.80 each.
Yummy 8 excels in the meaty noodle soup department. The noodles are made daily on the premises, and the broths are nice and sweet and meaty, just the way we like it. Noodles with mince is like a soup-y spag bolg made with pork mince. Mr Shawn is ecstatic. The hot & sour noodles has some bitey chilis floating around in a tangy sour broth. In the middle is an island of pickled chopped beans (almost the same as the acid beans at Fujia Chinese). We tried the small size for $9.80, which was plenty for big eaters like us. The $12.80 large size must be huge.
We come back and have a lunch set each. Lunch set C comes with a veggie dish, a meat dish, rice and a soup - a sweet deal for $11.80. With two or three people you get a mini banquet going. We went for steamed pumpkin, steamed eggplant, steamed mushrooms with drumstick, and steamed pig trotter.
Black sesame and azuki bean ice cream for dessert - $2.80. It's the perfect size (one scoop) for the digestion after a big lunch.
We come back for some intriguing breakfast specials. Yummy 8 opens at 9am and breakfast is served all day.
Breakfast round one, clockwise:
- Eight treasure porridge - $4.80. A thin soupy rice porridge with more treasures than we can identify including red bean, corn, barley. It's sweet and savoury, fun and rehydrating.
- Miss chicken must have her tea egg - 80 cents.
- Sweet-toothed Mr Shawn must have rice cakes with sugar - $2 for 3 pieces. These were like a rice cake pikelets in sugar syrup. Another fun one.
- Sweet rice wine with egg - $3.80. A pot of thin, sweet soup that tastes of sugar syrup, with whisps of egg. The sweet and sour goji berries added some depth.
Breakfast round two: dry tasty rice noodles - $4.80. This was our favourite: a simple yet amazing dish of rice noodles dressed with oil and soy, sprinkled with fresh and dry shallots, served cool. The oil has some magic umami property that raise our monobrows with delight, it was almost cheesey in flavour. The other breakfast dishes were fun to try but this one we'll be back for.
[Edit - reader LucyL translated the Chinese menu and says the magic umami ingredient is pig fat. No wonder they're so yummy. Thanks Lucy!]
Breakfast round three: Xiao Long Bao - $6.80 for six pieces. These cute little steamed dumplings are filled with soup and a little pork, causing mouth flavour explosions just like on tv commercials for chewing gum with fruity juicy centres. We don't usually get excited about dumplings but we dig these bigtime.
Yummy Eight is at 345B Sussex St Sydney, near corner of Liverpool Street.