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Jane’s Kitchen, CNY Dinner, Carlingford

February 10, 2011 1 comment

Jane’s Kitchen has been around for as long as I remember. The last time I was here was three or so years ago – we came here a couple of days after ‘The Mother’ and I got married and have not been back since. Not because we had a bad meal but it is one of those restaurants that you forget.

We were catching up with the extended family and the mother-in-law suggested this place. Jane’s Kitchen can be found on Pennant Hills Road, in between Carlingford Court and Carlingford Village. If you haven’t seen it or have never been, it can be easily missed.

It was a busy evening, it seems like everyone was celebrating Chinese New Year in Jane’s Kitchen. Thankfully we had a reservation so we didn’t have to wait for long.

We left all the ordering to both mums, started with the complementary soup – pork and bean soup which is one of my favourites. However, mum’s version is definitely better. I thought the soup was a little watery and the pork not as tender as it should be.

The vermicelli crab hot pot is one dish that we all enjoy. We have never had it here before, and we were all pleasantly surprised. The crab was fat, juicy and succulent. The noodles moreish and cooked to perfection. Compared to Excellent Chinese Seafood Restaurant? I thought the crab at Jane’s kitchen was definitely better, however, the overall dish, Excellent is definitely better. It is more flavoursome and tastier.

Hello fatty crab claw – it was deliciously tender and full of flavour.

Next, the black moss, ‘fa cai’, which actually means ‘hair vegetables’. The black moss is served with lettuce, dried oysters and shiitake mushrooms. It’s a dish that has many symbolisms and a must order on Chinese New Year. The dried oysters (for good luck) were tender, the shiitake mushrooms (longevity or sizing opportunities) is cooked to perfection. A favourite of mine and one that I haven’t had for a very long time.

The fried prawns with fried onions were absolutely tasty. I love the crunchiness from the fried onions and fried noodles. The prawns were fresh and delightful.

Next the steamed fish served with soy sauce, ginger and shallots – ‘The Mother’s’ favourite dish. The fish was firm and moist, and the sauce was a great complement.

The fried chicken topped with shallots and chili was juicy, tender and succulent with crispy skin – what’s there not to like?

Last but not least, scallops cooked with snow peas, celery, carrots and corn was also tasty. I love the crunchiness and freshness of the snow peas and the tenderness of the scallops. Dollop with a bit of chili, it was just scrumptiously good.

We were all too full for dessert. We were given complementary oranges, however, ‘The Mother’ demolished it before I could take any photos!

It was a wonderful dinner with family, it’s not every day that we all get together and indulge in food. Part of the many reasons why I love Chinese New Year!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Jane’s Kitchen

841 Pennant Hills Rd

Carlingford, 2118

Ph: +61 2 9873 3288

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Dinner at Excellent Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Part 2 of Dad’s birthday celebration is at Excellent Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Carlingford. You can’t miss it, located in Carlingford Court (outside of the mall) on Carlingford Road. It has been around for as long as I can remember and we have been coming here since I was a child.

We originally wanted to go to Eastwood Garden Peking Restaurant (our local) but it was fully booked, and Dad was craving for some crab. It was his birthday after all and well, who can say no to crab right?

We started with oysters – steamed oysters with ginger and shallots with soy sauce. Simple but yet delicious. The oysters were fat, juicy and absolutely satisfying.

Next, the tofu pocked stuffed with mushrooms served with a serving of broccoli. I love this dish, I love how the tofu is fluffy and moist on the inside.

I love the texture, the flavours, the hoisin sauce and most of all, the mushrooms! Two of my favourite dish combined together is just brilliant!

Their specialty is the Vermicelli Crab hotpot, and one of the family’s favourite. I have had this dish many times now, and each time it is just as good as the last. The crab is juicy, succulent and well cooked. The noodles moreish, and the sauce is a great complement. I can see why this dish is their specialty, it is incredible.

Last but not least, deep fried pork chop served with ginger, chili and shallots. My word, this was fantastic. The batter thin, salty and crispy. The pork incredibly tender and succulent and the combination of ginger, chili and shallots – wonderful. I couldn’t help but eat three or four pieces of this deep fried pork chop – it was just too good not too!

Free dessert is usually a serving of fruit and some sort of a dessert soup, that evening it was red bean soup, but I have had green bean soup, sweet corn soup or other herbal Chinese soup.

I have to admit though, the service that night was surprisingly ‘better’ than last. By service I mean the waiters and the quickness of servings of food. I was a little reluctant in coming here at first. I remember how slowly it was for the food to come out, 1.5 hours for the first dish! But the thing is, we come back again and again, as the food is ‘Excellent’. Yes, the food is more than just good, service is a bit of a hit and miss, but the food will make you come back for more!

We have taken many of our relatives here, and every time they come back to Sydney, they request this place as they love their delicious goodness of Vermicelli Crab hotpot. I can definitely understand why! It is a must try if you haven’t been. Definitely one of our favourites.

Not only did Dad satisfy his crab cravings, but so did we. I am truly loving family gatherings and family dinners!

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

101 Carlingford Road

Carlingford 2118

Ph: +61 2 9873 6113

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