How about some Taiwanese Tapas? If i’m not mistaken, Huang Jin, means gold.. and parts were surely gold! A colleague introduced me to Mr. Huang Jin because of their taiwanese fried chicken (TFC). They’d always order a 2nd dish whenever they go.
And it did not disappoint! We went on a Wednesday night around 6pm, at about 7pm it was full house! So be in quick or perhaps make a reservation.. It is a cosy restaurant just off an alley way of Katherine Place…
I think I have to talk about the TFC first… it was nice and hot when it came out. seasoning was just right. It wasn’t too salty and dipping with the mayo was a good combination of sweet, savoury and sour. I reckon it would be great with beer. They lightly fried some greens, it was tasteless, but crispy just like chips.
They were very quick at serving their food! Our table was soon fighting for space… We ordered 1x pork xiao long bao and 1x laksa xiao long bao. Pork xiao long bao were the standard size and the pork pieces were a little larger than other xiao long bao from other places. They served it with thin slices of ginger for us to dip the dumpling with vinegar.
The Laksa xiao long bao had so much more flavour than the pork. If you are to try this, have it last as it will overpower all the other dumpling flavours you might be trying. Whilst still holding its delicate broth-filled pocket, I could taste a lot of the herbs. I found it unique incorporating malaysian flavour with taiwanese.
Spicy squid was another nice tapas, easy to eat. Again dipped with tomato mayonaise. But be careful.. those red specks of powder, is spicy after a few nibbles!!!
As you can tell we didn’t have many veggies on the table, so we ordered the veggie roti roll. Pancake/Roti wrapped around meat and veggies especially wrapped with egg is a traditional breakfast dish in Taiwan. So it brought back memories of my Taiwan trip 3 years ago. Despite it being vegetarian, it was a great combo! The only flaw was Mr Huang Jin doesn’t have many vegetarian options to choose from.
Overall, the highlight was the TFC, followed by the laksa xiao long bao. It was a great selection on the menu. It totalled to $31 each for the night, which I think it was more towards the expensive side. I guess it’s tapas after all?
Location: 24 Katherine Place, 3000, Melbourne