Dumpling King has always been one of my favourite restaurants in Box Hill. My favourite dishes include the Shanghai dumplings and the shredded pork in Szechuan sauce. I don’t get to come here as often as I used to so it was a rare treat I was on this side of town to enjoy a meal here.
The patronage of the restaurant has changed over the years. As its profile increased in the favourable food guides, they have also increased their prices and I see fewer and fewer Chinese faces at the restaurant. (Chinese are known for driving a hard bargain).
The restaurant is beautifully presented.
The Shanghai dumplings are the yummiest, most exquisite dumplings I have ever had, and are a clear favourite of mine. The key reason: the miniscule bit of soup you get with each dumpling.
The key to eating this type of dumpling is to pierce the skin of the dumpling with one small nibble. Then suck out all the soup (not too fast otherwise you will burn your tongue) and then I like to dip it into vinegar and enjoy!
These are also easy to eat at home. Generally you can purchase them from Asian grocery stores. In the Chinese community there are a couple of people that make them at home and sell them. I remember when I was younger my mum used to buy them from a person living in Doncaster.
This is my favourite Chinese soup: hot and sour soup. Here at Dumpling King, it was packed the brim. The waiter had trouble carrying it over to me! The soup was nice but didn’t meet my expectations. Hong Kong Seafood Hut used to make my favourite hot and sour soup, then they changed owners – the food turned to crap, then they closed down. So my search continues.
We ordered the noodle versions of these dishes; they are also available as mains with rice. To my disappointment, the sizzling shrimp didn’t come out sizzling! Both dishes were satisfactory but not as memorable as I had previously had. I think Dumpling King is coming off my list of favourite restaurants.
Service was agreeable. This restaurant always hires male waiters; I have never seen a female wait staff here. The manager is a little on the snobbish side, perhaps because we didn’t spend much money on fancy bottles of wine.