For starters, we had a deep-fried garlic stuffed prawn. When it came out sizzling and golden brown, it smelt absolutely amazing! Super garlicy and buttery. Bitting into it, it was really really delicious! Crunchy and crispy, fresh and really tasty and as I love garlic, I loved this!
|Deep fried garlic stuffed prawns|
The next starter was the XO vermicelli oysters. We got two large plump oysters each. It was again, really fresh and really tasty :)
|XO vermicelli oysters|
The next dish was possibly one my favourites for the night. It was a vegetarian dish - with lots of tofu bean curd varieties, shitake mushrooms, black fungus, broccoli etc. I loved it! The sauce as just the right consistency and the right flavour.
A glutinous rice which was chockablock full of ingredients was served next. Everyone liked the taste of this. It was definitely a good glutinous rice dish.
An interesting mix of steamed fish fillets, ham and shitake mushroom bought 'wows' to the table because of the intricate carrot sculpture in the middle. I didn't like this as much - ham with fish was a bit odd.
|fish with ham and mushroom and snow fungus|
Hairy melon swimming in the middle of a sea of dried scallops was served next. It was a good tasty plain ish dish.
|hairy melon with dried scallop|
The pork chop in Peking sauce was probably a personal pick from dad cos he absolutely loves this. It was done pretty well here.
|pork chop in peking sauce|
Dad and all of his guests really appreciated the 8 treasure duck (八宝鸭). The 8 treasure duck is traditional chinese dish where 8 different ingredients or 'treasures' are stuffed into a marinated duck. I'm not 100% sure what was stuffed into the duck... maybe some glutinous rice? lotus seed? chestnut? stuff like that... It's apparently an almost 'extinct' dish.
8 treasure duckOn birthdays, it's tradition for noodles to be had. So a stir-fry egg/hokkien noodle was bought to the table.
|stir fried noodles|
And though the order was a bit odd, the last dish was a steamed fish. Steamed almost perfectly - we all had some even though we were all soooooo full.
Dessert-wise, there was a fruit platter and a coconuty red bean soup. It's one of the better red bean soups I've had and so, whilst I normally leave these untouched, I finished the whole bowl of it.
|coconut red bean soup|
My dad had to have these 'birthday buns' (壽包) which is a soft sweet bun with a lotus seed paste inside. Again - tradition.
|chinese birthday bun|
Food - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Value for money - 8/10
Overall - 31/40
East Court Chinese Restaurant
1st Floor, 144-148 Windsor Street
Richmond NSW 2753
Tel: (02) 4578 1755