Payneham Chinese Restaurant – Revisit

It was just over 3 years ago since my last visit to Payneham Chinese Restaurant where I was impressed by their Yum Cha. Tonight, with family visiting from overseas, we decided to pay this place another visit, but this time for dinner. There’s no need to rehash what has already been said about the restaurant, so I’ll get straight into the food.

Signage
Signage
Inside
Inside

For starters, we had the Shark Fin Soup. The serving was double the amount that I would normally expect and each bowl had plenty of shark fin. The flavours were spot on but I did think the soup was a bit watery. When I make it at home, I like to add corn flour to thicken it up a bit.

Shark Fin Soup
Shark Fin Soup

The Peking Duck Pancakes were just as good as Ming’s Palace. The duck meat was tender and succulent, and it’s skin was nice and crispy. The duck was rolled up with cucumber and shallots in a light and fluffy pancake, and then dipped into hoisin sauce. Words cannot describe how good this was.

Peking Duck
Peking Duck

The Oysters with Ginger and Shallots is a classic dish that was executed perfectly. The combination of ginger and shallots in the soy based sauce added plenty of depth to the oysters. Simply amazing!

Oysters with Ginger and Shallots
Oysters with Ginger and Shallots

The King Prawns in Vermicelli Noodles is a variation of a Blue Swimmer Crab recipe that I cook at home. The eggs from the female prawns gives this dish it’s distinct reddish colour. The prawns were tender and succulent, and it’s juices were well infused into the vermicelli noodles. I did think the noodles were a little bit soft.

King Prawns in Vermicelli Noodles
King Prawns in Vermicelli Noodles

The Drunken Chicken doesn’t look very exciting but it was actually very well made. The chicken was tender and succulent with the distinct flavour of the Shaoxing wine.

Drunken Chicken
Drunken Chicken

The Steamed Murray Callop is another classic Chinese dish. The soy based sauce worked very well with the soft delicate flesh of the fish. One fish was cooked perfectly while the other was bit inconsistent with some sections slightly raw.

Steamed Murray Callop
Steamed Murray Callop

The Stir Fried Asian Greens is another classic dish that was cooked very well. The vegetables were nice and firm, and the sauce that came with it was full of flavour.

Stir Fried Asian Greens
Stir Fried Asian Greens

The Fried Rice was fairly stock standard. The rice was firm with nice individual grains and there was a generous amount of egg, chicken and lettuce mixed throughout. Not a highlight of the night but more of a filler.

Fried Rice
Fried Rice

For dessert, we had the Red Bean Pancakes. Inside the crispy shell was a subtly sweet bean paste. The appearance of this dish doesn’t do it justice.

Red Bean Pancakes
Red Bean Pancakes

The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The atmosphere was relaxed, although it was only a Monday night.

Not quite the perfect experience I had several years ago, but it was still up there.

WHERE: 307 Payneham Rd, Royston Park

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Salina says:

    The Peking duck sounds delicious! Can you recall how it was for the Peking duck pancakes?

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