As a work lunch we recently went to the new Mr Huang Jin on the bottom of Rialto. Being the end of year celebration it was, the team went all out. Situated in a part of the city where there isn't many dumpling places and for the price point it was pitching we were all expecting good things
To start with, there was steamed pork and prawn dumplings, pan-fried beef dumplings and pork and prawn wontons with chilli sauce. All the dumpling and won-tons fillings were juicy and steaming hot with soupy base. Great start to a good meal.
Taiwanese beef wrap and the DIY Taiwanese pork bun was next. The beef wrap was perfectly done with the sweet sauce and soft wrap. The DIY bun came fully done, so that was disappointing as I was looking forward to the DIY part. The filling was quite nice though, especially the peanut dusting.
As a joke, we ordered the pungent tofu. For those of you who have been to Hong Kong would know to expect a smelly sock smelly. For those of you with a shock horror on your face, calm down! It was nothing like that, it was similar in the taste from the spices absorbed into the tofu and the sweet sauce that followed but the smell was quite absent. It was a nice surprise as I kept going back for seconds.
Almond crusted lobster balls, twice cooked spare ribs and TFC shortly followed. Almond lobster balls were nice but nothing special. The twice cooked spare ribs had people licking their fingers and the TFC caused a small fight on the table for where the plate should sit. Needless to say we ended up ordering 2 more plates. It's a good play and twist to the classic Taiwanese hawker food. A must try if you go.
Finally there was the prawn with pineapple and the lamb noodles. Both were nice but not outstanding. The prawns were served with mayo and pineapple, something you would expect to see at yum cha.
Overall it is great food. The dumplings were fantastic (to the point that one of my colleagues had a lot of evidence on his shirt after the meal). This is not your cheap and fast dumplings but for the price point, it is worth your dollar. 16/20