UPDATE: 15 December 2011 – Sadly, this restaurant has permanently closed for business. We had some great meals and memories there.
Hopefully the owners Raymond and Po Po will start again somewhere to offer Sydney diners their wonderful food. We wish them well.
It is rather unusual when the name of your neighbourhood chinese restaurant does not include blase words like “golden”, “dragon”, “swallow”, “jade”, “palace” or “kingdom”. Therefore, when a chinese restaurant called Yummy Yummy opened its doors, we were intrigued by the name. The actual name is AYummy Yummy Chinese Cuisine which, in my opinion, is perhaps an attempt to rank more favourably in an alphabetical directory of restaurants.
Since our first visit there about three years ago, we have frequented this restaurant time and again. Apart from a few signature dishes that hits the mark every time, hosts Raymond and Popo are ever so friendly and courteous with their recommendations of choice dishes in this cosy restaurant in the heart of Crows Nest.
Tonight, we are dining with our friends Joanna and Giuliano who have not been to this restaurant that we have been raving about.
The main reason we come back here is to savour the signature mud crab with glass noodles that is served in a large claypot. The mud crab and glass noodles have been stir-fried with mince pork and dehydrated shrimps which are packed with flavours. This dish is a hit every time we bring friends to this restaurant.
A salt and pepper squid is light and fluffy. The salt and pepper batter is subtle andsome diced shallots and deep-fried onions give this dish an extra lift. The red wine we are drinking tonight is bringing out the peppery and salty flavours of the squid beautifully.
We are drinking a 2010 Tempranillo Grenache Shiraz from Chateau Tanundra in the Barossa Valley. This wine has smooth tannins and some spicy undertones that is enhancing the pepper flavour of a stir-fried black pepper beef with green onions and button mushrooms.
The beef is extremely tender and its wok flavours bold with crushed black pepper.
Another favourite dish that we never fail to order is the yam ring with stir-fried vegetables. A large yam cylinder deep-fried until golden brown is stuffed with stir-fried shitake and enoki mushrooms, baby corn, water chestnuts, black and white fungus, button mushrooms and bamboo shoots. The yam is crispy on the outside, meltingly soft inside and is accompanied by a flavoursome oyster sauce and steamed baby bok choy.
A ‘King To’ spareribs is succulent with a tangy plum sauce and julienne green onions.This dish is as good as any chinese restaurant can dish out in Sydney.
Dessert is a complimentary chinese pancake with redbean paste and each crispy piece is a beautiful sweet and savoury mouthful.
(Note: Another signature dish which we usually order but did not do so tonight is a slow-braised pork trotters with sour plum sauce.)
So dear readers, what is your favourite dish in a chinese restaurant? (Minus points for anyone who says lemon chicken!)
AYummy Yummy Chinese Cuisine
11 Alexander street
Crows Nest 2065
Sydney, New South Wales
+612 9966 8877
9 Basedow road
+618 8563 3888