Hu Tong

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I first heard of Hu Tong when a colleague from work said she tried to eat there and they replied in disbelief that no booking = no table. INTERESTING.

Anyway, she said it looked amazing and that we should try it out.

I looked up the menu and oh boy, did my mouth water!

Xiao Long Bao is one of my favourite types of dumplings, from my native Shanghai, China. When I was younger, my mum would buy a couple of bags of xiao long bao from a family in doncaster that made and sold them. They are delicious because there is a little tiny sip of soup in each dumpling. I’m not sure where the soup comes from, perhaps the fat of the pork or something. Other meals that caught my eye included Szechuan Bean Curd with Minced Pork and the spicy barramundi. Also, Shredded Pork in Szechuan Sauce is always a big favourite of mine.

Anyway, I made the booking two weeks in advance.

Here are the dishes we ordered:

Xiao Long Bao $11.80

Spicy Squid $8.80

Steamed Vegetable Buns $6.50 each

Beancurd spring rolls $6.80 each

Wonton with hot chilli sauce

Duck meat dumplings $8.80

Crab meat dumplings $9.50

Prawn Dumplings $8.80

The menu online is a little outdated, there were two pages of dumpling options as opposed to one and three quarters.

The dumplings were all quite nice, my favourite dishes were the Xiao Long Bao and Spicy Squid. The rest were average but ok. Throughout the meal I was thinking I would rather be at Crystal Jade’s yumcha with more dumpling options, proper introduction of the dishes and saving a bit of money too.

On our table we had two people that couldn’t eat meat, one that couldn’t eat seafood. So slamming a plate of dumplings on our table and walking away swiftly wasn’t appreciated. I would give service a big thumbs downs at Hutong. The staff weren’t totally incompetent. They got dishes to our table and refilled our tea. However if you’re looking for a smile or recognition they heard what you were asking about, forget it!

We encounter a slight issue with the Wonton with hot chilli sauce dish. I noticed that the pork meat was very rare, almost pink. It also just tasted like raw pork mince. The older waiter (manager?) explained that this is pig leg and suppose to be pink. He must of noticed the uncomfortable look on our faces and offered to take it off our bill. I did notice the waiter bring the same dish to another table and there were no complaints.

I don’t recall everybody drinking tea but we were charged for 5 people. $3 each.

I was surprised to see the restaurant wasn’t really as busy for what I expected of a restaurant with a 2 week booking wait. Perhaps it was too early into lunch.

Hutong at 12.30pm on a Saturday

Personally I won’t be coming back here. I felt that it was overpriced for what I was getting, the service made things uncomfortable and I would rather more dumpling choices at yumcha anywhere else. Sorry :-(

Food: 7/10

Service: 4/10

Ambience: 8/10