|BBQ Pork buns (Char siu bao)|
After fighting with Cabramatta traffic in the pouring rain, and then waiting for the rest of our enormous group as they did the same, it was heaven to sit down at the table and then within 2-3 minutes have these fluffy goodies (BBQ pork buns) arrive and be ready for me to scoff them down. Char siu bao perfection.
The beef balls were another option that were quickly on our table, and they started making inroads into my growling tummy. While tasty, I missed a bit of extra crunch that I was expecting from water chestnuts. I think there were some in the balls, just not as many (or in as large pieces) as I expected.
Another staple at our Australia day lunches is chickens' feet, and while I have managed to go many years without them (while I like the taste, I'm too lazy to enjoy coping with all the bones), I sat amazed as Mr Cool Dude (younger brother of Little Miss Bounce) hoed into a foot. This was the same Mr Cool Dude who hardly ate anything the last time I went with him to Yum Cha, since it was all a bit too new and different for him.
Of the rest of the usual Yum Cha offerings, the siu mai (pork dumplings with the yellow wrapper) were probably my favourite at this restaurant. Tasty and all that they should be, they quickly disappeared (as you can see from the photo!). The salt and pepper whitebait was also a good choice, with crisp and crunch and salt and chilli goodness. Mmmmm.
Another Australia Day done - what did you do to celebrate? Do you have a yearly tradition?
In other news, my one year blogiversary has been and gone without me noticing, so I thought I'd take a moment to mark the occasion. Hurrah for one year!
Thanh Tam Restaurant
1st Floor, 24-32 Hughes Street
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