It’s definitely been a VERY long time since I have been to Fook Yuen. Fook Yuen has been around for as long as I remember, even when I used to work in Chatswood which was at least 10 years ago! Fook Yuen can be found on Help Street, just near the station. The restaurant was relatively big, and it was quite a busy evening especially on a week night. We were here for Dragon’s birthday, it was more for the adults than anyone else really. I left all the ordering to ‘The Mother’, which is VERY RARE! However, I was pleasantly surprised how well he ordered – again VERY RARE!
We started with free pork soup – clear broth of pork bones which was a tad on the salty side for me.
The pipis in XO sauce was a hit – I didn’t have any as I am still not eating shell fish but my fellow diners absolutely loved it. Full of flavour, and the chili gave it a nice kick.
The black pepper stir fried beef was wonderful. Tender chunks of beef with lots of black pepper, mushroom and sugar snap peas – one of my favourites!
I can never say no to sweet and sour pork and I have to admit, it was good! Tender pork and they went like hotcakes – had to be very quick – we are all pork lovers.
The tofu hot pot with mushroom and vegetables was simple and hearty.
King prawns with chili were another favourite amongst the diners. Plump and juicy prawns, the chili were a wonderful complement.
I was looking forward to the fried eggplant, took one bite and realised that it had prawn paste at the bottom. It was good though, the eggplant was soft and had the right amount of batter.
I was getting full by this stage but couldn’t resist having some of the crispy chicken. We all enjoyed the crispy skin and tender chicken meat.
Dessert was red bean soup and a plate of biscuits. We also had a cake for Dragon – I was STUFFED and ready to roll home.
Service was good, food was surprisingly good! Much better than I had anticipated or remembered. I have to admit, ‘The Mother’ really ordered well! It was nothing fancy but everything we had was good and delicious.
Happy Birthday once again my sweet Dragon! Love you to bits!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
7 Help Street
Ph: +61 2 9413 2688
I can’t remember the last time I went to Chatswood, let alone Chatswood Chase! I didn’t even know that New Shanghai opened there. It can be found in the lower ground floor food court, and there were a massive queue outside which is a good sign. They don’t take reservations, so diners are to get a number and once your number is called you are then seated.
The menu is vast, which offers a range of Shanghainese cuisine ranging from noodles, soups, rice and vegetable dishes. We perused the menu and definitely wanted the xiao long bao – steamed mini pork buns. Eight delicious, juicy xiao long bao – they were fantastic and I could have definitely eaten them all on my own!
We had originally wanted the New Shanghai pan fried pork buns but I ordered the wrong ones and got the pan fried pork dumplings. They were just as hazardous as the pork buns, hot juice squirts out of the dumplings if eaten at an angle.
The shanghai noodle stir fried with shredded pork and vegetables were good, but nothing special I thought.
I especially LOVED the pork belly braised overnight in sweet soy sauce. OMG! Tender and plump pork, it had the ‘right’ amount of meat and fat, the sweet soy sauce was perfect, not too rich. Probably one of my favourite dishes of all time!
Lastly, fried garlic American pork ribs. Deep fried, the garlic was subtle, but the ribs were tender and succulent!
Service was friendly and efficient and we were beyond stuffed! Will definitely be returning to try their other dishes, wouldn’t mind trying the deep fried blue swimmer crab coated with salted egg yolk! YUM!
Thanks to George from Wasamedia and New Shanghai, it was absolutely delicious and we will be back!
*GA dined as a guest of New Shanghai and Wasamedia
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood Chase
Ph: +61 2 9412 3358
Family dinners – I really do love them! Thank goodness we all share the same passion – food! It was our weekly dinner catch up and my parents suggested Sushi-ya. They have heard wonderful things about this place from their friends, and my brother, F and sis-in-law, O have been a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Sushi-ya is located in Chatswood, just in the outer fringe of the shopping district on Victoria Avenue. I don’t venture out to Chatswood very often and wouldn’t have known this place existed if it wasn’t from them.
A two storey restaurant, the ground level has a nicer decor than upstairs. The upstairs decor is very simple and minimal. It’s a bit of a trek to get up there (around the back, past the kitchen and up the stairs!) but don’t fret, diners are not neglected up there, service is still just as good.
We left the ordering to F, which meant a lot of fried goodness! We started with the agedashi tofu ($7.90) which was topped with finely chopped negi (spring onion) grated daikon and bonito flakes. Love good agedashi tofu and these were deliciously soft and excellent.
The whitebait ($11.50) is one of F’s favourites – crunchy and crispy. It was so hard not to keep popping them in your mouth!
I couldn’t go past the pork katsu set ($17.50), which was served with rice and miso soup. The pork was a little thin for my liking, it was tender and batter crunchy but did have a lot of ‘meat’. A little on the dry side, and I have definitely have had better pork katsu.
The chicken karage set ($17.50) was excellent. I love the juiciness and the tenderness of the chicken, the batter was good and dipped in mayo was oh so sinful!
Dad and I love unagi so couldn’t resist ordering the unagi don ($17.50). A generous serving of eel which was served in a shallow rectangular box. I really do love the box and was ‘tempted’ to take it home! The eel glistened and was incredibly succulent. Dad and I fought for every single last piece.
The smoked salmon wrapped around rice, avocado and mango ($9.80) was nice but nothing special. The mango was a little disappointing, I am guessing as it is not mango season it was hard to find fresh mango. The thin layer of smoked salmon was lovely and we certainly enjoyed it.
The spicy calamari tempura ($13.80) was a tad oily, the batter wasn’t as crispy as I thought it would be and wasn’t spicy at all. The calamari itself without the batter was tender, but taking the batter off would defeat the purpose of it being ‘tempura’.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the soft shell crab ($12) – I was supposed to order the soft shell crab ‘roll’ but ordered wrong. Regardless, the soft shell crab was excellent. My only gripe would be that there were only two small soft shell crabs cut into halves, and there were five of us!
I think Dad was hoping for more sashimi and sushi, however, F do prefer their hotter dishes. My favourite would have to be the unagi and the chicken karage.
The service at Sushi-Ya is warm and friendly and extremely welcoming. I have read that their sashimi is not as good as their cooked dishes. We sat there discussing about our next family holiday – Bali? New Zealand? China? I don’t mind where as long as we all go!
We were all too full for dessert! I would have liked some green tea ice cream with red bean but that would probably put me in the upper range of full! A great Japanese restaurant, I would go back if I lived closer, but there are probably better Japanese restaurants closer to where I live. Regardless, still a wonderful meal with the family. There are so many eateries in Chatswood, I really do need to venture out there more often!
GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10
174 Victoria Avenue
Ph: +61 2 9413 3300