Northbridge Chinese Restaurant is located on Roe Street next to the railway line and is my long time favourite dimsum restaurant. It was my ex-boss favourite dimsum restaurant too and he used to organise Friday lunches here which all of us happily went along. I’d always remember this funny incident where one of the senior engineer who had never eaten dimsum before decided the food trolley which the waitress pushed around to showcase the dimsum was a bin trolley and proceeded to throw his rubbish into it, much to the amazement (and then anger) of the waitress. How on earth!?!? You wonder what goes on in people’s head sometimes! Mind you though, this is the same guy who took my freshly made cup of tea in the kitchen while I was on a bathroom run and started drinking it. After searching high and low, I finally caught him and asked why he has my cup of tea, and he said he thought it was his. BUT, the weird thing is, he didn’t even make a cuppa for himself – how in the world would a cup of tea mysteriously appear in front of you if you didn’t make it?!?! *shakes head*. It was a classical moment and one I would never forget! haha but anyways I digress.
Northbridge Chinese Restaurant is extremely busy during the weekends for dimsum – we had to wait about 1/2 hour this time round to get a table. The restaurant was chockablock with people as usual, with tightly packed tables (which is one of the reason why I prefer Dragon Palace better as it is more spacious there) but the food is yummy so it’s worth the wait. This is evident with the long queue outside the restaurant. I suggested to go to this place for our dimsum gathering rather than the usual Dragon Palace so I can take photos and put them in the food blog (haha the stuff I do for the blog!).
Northbridge Chinese Restaurant serves a wide and tasty variety of dimsum dishes – I will comment on those that I like below:
The Steamed Pork Dumpling (“Siu Mai”) is one of the nicer ones I have tasted as it does not have the ‘pork smell’ that is common in other restaurants and is also tangy. This goes well with hoisin sauce which you have to order separately.
The Deep Fried White Bait with Salt & Pepper is another favourite and as the name suggests is fish deep fried to a crisp and tossed in a wok with salt, pepper and chilli. Not the healthiest of dishes but is okay to indulge in this crispy and aromatic dish once in awhile. Another alternative to this dish is the Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab which is cooked in a similar way – I ate this the first time ever at this restaurant and it won me over!
The Rice Flour Roll is normally a very popular dish and you can order these with different fillings such as with the deep fried dough (“Yau Char Kwai”), prawn, bbq pork etc. I like the deep fried dough filling normally as the crunchiness of the filling goes well with the soft outer skin which is drenched with soya sauce.
Prawn Dumpling (“Har Gow”) is a must have in every dimsum outing. I’d never been a big fan as how delicious the dish is depends on the outer skin and most of the time the ones I’d tried in Perth is really thick and sticky with measly prawn filling. However, Northbridge Chinese Restaurant is one of the better place to get this dish – it was a huge favourite that day.
Egg Tarts, another dish that must be ordered! Love the crunchy pastry and sweet egg filling, taste the best when they come out fresh from the oven.
Other dishes we had that day:
Deep Fried Squid Tentacles; Scallop Dumpling; Pork & Chives Dumpling; Pork & Century Egg Porridge; Pan-Fried Pork Dumpling with Vinegar Sauce; Chicken Glutinous Rice; Deep Fried Vegetable Dumpling; Pork Spare Ribs; Steamed Custard Bun; Deep Fried Fish Ball; Kai Lan with Oyster Sauce and Sago with Rockmelon.
One dish I missed out on that day is the “Tau Foo Far” – soya beancurd dessert. This is the best I have eaten in Perth and it gets sold out very quickly. By the time we finished it was a bit late and they were all gone! How disappointing! For those who love this dessert, remember to order this early! They also have a nice drink which I always order, the Iced Lemon Tea. It is made fresh which not many restaurants do and is served with sugar syrup. Try it if you go there to eat!
If you like some noodles or rice to go with the dimsum, try the Beef Hor Fun with Satay Sauce or the Sliced Fish Noodle Soup with Coriander; or for rice, the Two-Sauced Fried Rice (“Yin Yeung Fried Rice”). This fried rice dish is really special as half of the dish comprises of seafood, normally prawns stir fried in a red tomato based sauce and the other half of meat, normally chicken in a white eggy sauce. Really nice!