The Dickson Dumpling House was chosen as a venue for one my work dinners. I'd been here a few years back and didn't think it was that impressive. However, two of my work colleagues have been raving about it, so I was happy to try it again.
We decided to go with Banquet B at $25 a head. The food came out very quickly after we'd placed our order and the waitstaff are busily bringing dishes in and out of the kitchen.
First up were the spring rolls - these were huge but not the best tasting. Just simple vegetarian spring rolls.
The shredded dry chilli beef was the first of the mains to come out. This was an AMAZING dish and my favourite of the night. Shredded bits of beef, lightly fried and smothered in a beautiful sweet/sour and slightly spicy sauce. YUM. Definitely will be ordering this again.
|Shredded dry chilli beef|
|Soft shell crab|
Usually a crowd pleaser, the honey prawns were a disappointment. The batter was a bit too thick and gluggy (perhaps too much flour?) and just did not taste good, even with the honey. To be slightly healthier, I thought I'd just peel away the batter and enjoy the prawn. Alas, although the prawns were huge, they had no flavour and were very bland. The most untouched plate of food for the night.
The banquet also included satay chicken which wasn't too bad, and mixed green vegetables. I thought for $25, this was pretty good value. There was plenty of food left over. I noticed how loud it got inside the restaurant, and when I looked around, I realised the place was jam packed with people. There was a queue of people by the door waiting to get a table. This was a Thursday night (and not a public servant pay week either). A really popular place with the locals!
Undecided about this place - it seems a bit hit and miss. Considering it is a dumpling house, I've decided to go back this weekend and try out more dumplings on the menu :P