Apologies for the lack of updates – haven’t been home since Thursday and so I haven’t had access to the Internet either. :( BUT! now I’m back and BETTER THAN EVER (not reallyyy ..but anywayyy) !!
So if you came here looking to find out how you can feel like a celebrity, well, you’ve come to the right place! Just take a walk through Chinatown, and you’ll be met with rows of Asian girls clamouring for your attention …no, really.
Unfortunately, it won’t be because of how really, really ridiculously good-looking you are, but rather because they’re trying to wave their menus in your face and sell their specialities!
Jenny and I had half an hour to kill before class started on Monday, so decided to eat at the first random place we came across that we hadn’t tried before. Not even 20 metres into Chinatown brought us in front of Hingara Chinese Restaurant, one of the proprietors of such girls.
The deal with these girls is that they shout Mandarin, Cantonese and English at you ..hoping that you can speak one of the above. The only issue is if you can’t – and this particular Hingara girl was trying to sell a set meal (3 entrees and 3 mains for $15 per person) to us in Mandarin ..but only about 5 minutes into the sales pitch did she decide to ask us, “ke yi shuo zhong wen ma ?” (can you speak Chinese)
I’d say a definite upside to this place is the ability to mix and match the dishes in the ‘set’ meals. Usually, most restaurants are pretty stingy in terms of mixing up the set meals, even if the price is the same ! We ended up getting:
Spring rolls and dim sim
Crispy pillows of carrot, choi, mushroom, onion, and some kind of unidentified meat, and fried battered packages of beef balls laced with soft wonton-esque pastry, all with a serving of sweet & sour sauce.
dim sim and sweet & sour eyes and spring roll mouth!
Our attempt to eat everythign in half an hour was FOILED by the slow cooking of the staff, though! Even though the entrees were pretty prompt, we waited about 45 minutes for the mains, and ended up having to ask them to give it to us in takeaway containers.
…Seems I’m always late to class because of food.. -_–;;
Eggs scrambled to perfection x] but there were waaay too many onions in here, and I completely missed the crab!
mini prawns, peas, scrambled egg, ham …I’ve had a craving for fried rice for the past couple of days and this was really good!
I’m also a super duper big fan of lemon chicken, and this was pretty nice as well! Not a lot of fatty chicken pieces, the sauce wasn’t too sour OR thick, and the chicken wasn’t stringy or tough, either!
The only thing I could say was that it took AGES for the meals to come (or maybe that was just because we wanted it to come quicker), buttttt restaurant food is never that fast anyway, and we shouldn’t have tried to bite off more than we could chew :(
And on the bright side, we got to look at the pretty hanging lantern/puppet/decoration thingss!
Looks like Chinese New Year dragons !
Hingara Chinese Restaurant 靓征酒家 (visited 18/05/09)
82 Dixon St
Haymarket NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9212 2169