Uighur Cuisine, Haymarket
I have no idea what type of cuisine ‘Uighur’ cuisine is. I have walked past this restaurant many times and always wondered. According to Wikipedia, Uighur are a ‘Turkic ethic group living in Eastern and Central Asia. The largest community of Uighur outside Xinjang in China is in Taoyan County, in south-central Hunan province’. They also live in neighbouring Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Many Uyghurs also live in Turkey.
You are immediately hit by the aroma of strong spices upon entering the restaurant. It was decorated with painting, photos, and musical instruments, but it still didn’t give me any idea of where / what ‘Uighur’ is.
The menu had some unfamiliar dishes, but I did notice some ‘Chinese’ influence, like dumplings, noodles and vegetables. I also noticed there were a lot of lamb on the menu – not my strong point but we thought we would try one of the dumplings, which was filled with lamb.
We started with Tawa manta ($9.80) – fried dumplings with lamb. I must admit, they were absolutely delicious! It didn’t have a strong lamb taste at all, it tasted like beef, and I couldn’t help but pop these babies into my mouth. Be careful though, as the juices inside were quite hot.
I really enjoyed the Kuda tuhum kormisi ($12) – stir fried egg and leek, the combination really worked.
‘The Mother’ wanted to try Kala gushi yangyu kormisi ($13.80) – stir fried beef with potato. Both the beef and potatoes were tender, but it didn’t quite hit the spot like the dumplings. It was nice but nothing special I thought.
The most let down was the Nan ($3.50) – bread. I think we were both expecting it to be a naan, like the ones in Indian restaurant. Alas, this was thicker, heavier and more focaccia like.
Overall, the food was quite tasty and reasonably priced. I did notice a lot of people ordering the lamb skewers, which was their specialty, but considering my love for lamb, I am not sure if I would be able to finish a whole skewer.
Service minimal, it was good to try something different, and those dumplings were definitely tasty.
GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10
Shop 1/8 Dixon Street
Ph: +61 2 9267 8555