Yesterday my sister and I went to Chinatown for a walk and a shop and lunch. It was a beautiful day, a public holiday, sun and warm breezes around us.
We arrived around 12, and it wasn't too crowded at all.
We walked up Dixon Street, ducking into malls and interesting shops until we came to the end of the precinct
Next door to the guardian an interesting juxtaposition:
Enormous queues outside Mamak - this Malaysian roti and satay restaurant continues to draw the crowds. I've been to the one in Chatswood and it's very good food, the roti and sauce are really tasty and spicy.
BUt one of our main reasons for visiting Chinatown was to go to a supermarket for necessities!! Chicken curry sauce which can also be used for Laksa, peking duck pancakes, bean curd pastes, panko breadcrumbs half the price of the big name stores, wonton wrappers. The fruit and vegetables were beautifully displayed and so fresh!!
Wandering off again we spied shops with lots of different cakes
and then it was time for lunch!!
Back to the Emperor's Court (and a 10 minute wait) then upstairs for yum cha (or dim sum as it is more correctly known).
As there were only 2 of us we had to be a little circumspect and not go overboard with accepting everything that came our way. So we settled on 6 dishes, though the rice noodles with beef and the beef balls aren't in this shot:
My favourite barbecued pork pies are though, inset at the top!! Also shown are barbecued pork, deep fried calamari, and steamed wontons with garlic chives and prawns, the latter another favourite of mine. The food was exceptionally fresh and it was obvious that only top-notch ingredients were used. Absolutely delicious with a pot of jasmine tea.
Then back out into the streets for another wander. Things had changed since our last look, as food stalls were setting up
and other stalls were selling all manner of trash and treasure, from lucky elephants to thongs decrated with plastic grapes, butterflies and seashells. More people were around, and it looked like there might be a street market later on.
But one of our chief reasons for visiting Chinatown was a duck from BBQ King
so we quickly bought half a duck each. Off home with our purchases, for a dinner of Peking Duck pancakes and stir-fried duck with vegetables. Yummmmm!!!!!
A lovely day and a lovely way to spend it with my sister.