I’ve been told that Bings makes great dumplings, so last night I dragged a group of friends along to check it out. Located on Moonta Street, this place offers all your traditional Chinese dishes at very cheap prices. I was surprised to find entrees at around $5 and main dishes below $10. The decor is fairly basic but it is typical of a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. The staff were friendly and inviting, and we were appreciative that they were able to seat us on a busy Friday night, particularly without a booking.
Last night, I ordered the Vegetarian Spring Rolls as entree and the Pan Fried Pork Dumplings as a main. My dish came out after a 12 minute wait, but not all dishes came out at the same time. The Spring Rolls were fried to a nice golden brown colour and were surprisingly not too oily. The spring roll skin was firm and crunchy, and the vegetable filling was soft, moist and well cooked. I’m a pretty lucky guy when it comes to finding hair in my food and last night was no different. While dipping my half bitten spring roll into the sweet and sour sauce, you could see a strand of hair attached to the spring roll covered in sauce. I immediately alerted a waiter and they gave me a replacement entree.
The main was Pan Fried Pork Dumplings which was uniquely presented. The dumplings are fried only on one side but they are saturated with so much butter, the pan forms a crust and all the dumplings are served stuck together. The dumplings themselves were well cooked. The dumpling skin was crispy on one side, and soft and chewy on the other. The pork filling was well cooked but I did notice that the meat had an unusual pink colour. The dumplings came with vinegar, soy sauce and hot chili dipping sauces. While the dumplings were tasty, I did think they were very oily. Every time I would bite into a dumpling, a spatter of oil would fly across the dining table. You could even see the oily residue on the plate. Not particularly appetising.
For cheap Chinese food at a restaurant, this is definitely the place to go. As far as cleanliness goes, I’ve seen worse, however, the hair in my spring roll makes it all questionable. The restaurant itself is spacious with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. For the price you’re paying here, the portion sizes are excellent. I was struggling to finish my entree and main. Not the best quality Chinese food I’ve ever had, but not bad either.
WHERE: 6/85 Grote Street, Adelaide