Monday, August 6, 2012

Jimmy Leung's Kitchen @ Doncaster East

This place was recommended by a friend for good Hong Kong cantonese cuisine and a decent crab dish and despite finding no more than a review or two online and none on Urbanspoon, we decided to head there one Saturday night. 


The place is small and packed by the time we arrived (so it was a good pat on the back for making a booking the night before). Now for those who can't read or speak Cantonese or Mandarin, there is a slight problem for the menu is all written in Chinese. The saving grace is that their takeaway menu is in English but feature none of the interesting dishes we had that night. If language is not a problem then this place is by far the most interesting I have seen in a Chinese restaurant in Melbourne to date. However as a first timer, I left the ordering to the person taking our order and we were presented with the below. 

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On hindsight this was probably not the right order for 4 people, with each of us having to down more than 3 bowls of chicken soup laced with chinese rice wine, filling us up a fair bit. Then again when she mentioned "chicken" and "pot", I had no idea it was a soup. 

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With this dish we sort of knew what we were getting into; their signature crab dish served on a hot plate and flavoured with simple spring onions, salt and pepper. I absolutely loved this dish as it allowed you to enjoy the sweetness of the crab meat. The Wife didn't enjoy as much as she's used to eating crab drenched with all kinds of sauces (the Malaysian style). Served alongside the crab was a small bowl of wanton noodles with what I understand is a crab broth. This was delicious when eaten together as a course. 

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After having fun picking away on crab, we had a simple garlic beef, cubes of melt in your mouth bovine (although I suspect is due to the work of tenderiser) and paired with another simple vegetable dish and it was the end of a good simple dinner (although made luxurious by crabs).

Four dishes with rice and tea came up to less than $40 per person, much cheaper if you don't eat crabs as the crabs was close to 90 bucks. 

Well definitely going to go back soon, to try out some of their pork dishes that made me saliva when I read it out. 

Address and contact details:

Jimmy Leung's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. With a full crowd consisting of Chinese, you won't go wrong by giving this place a go if you want authentic Chinese food. 

10 comments:

Sara Lisa said...

Thanks for reminding of this dish. Online Hotel Advertising

Sean said...

if i had to choose, i'd pick crabs (and prawns) that are prepared without sauces too! love tasting the natural flavor of the flesh :D

Michelle Chin said...

tenderiser? what tenderiser? the only tenderiser that i know is corn flour... is there any other apart from that?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle chin: theres soda bicarb and in some cases i have also heard of a papapya extract

sean: me too! i esp love nothing like steam fresh prawns with a little chinese wine and egg!

Ciki said...

I also like the pepper dry version of crab.. but you know in KL, everyone eats it drenched in sauces right.. so I also began to eat it that way :P
EXPENSIVE LAH!! Faint.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ciki: aiyo dont convert currency la..or alternatively go find sponsor haha

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Chicken + pot - soup. Lol! I would have expected some claypot dish. ;)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: me too!

iamthewitch said...

I haven't tried dried crab before but I think I'd love anything with wantan noodles!! Hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

iamthewitch: i think its more common with HK style of cooking which is what you will often get in australia, so give it a go (its usually called keung chung hai (spring onion crab)