When one goes to Chinatown, one can get very overwhelmed by the options on offer. How do you know which one to gamble your money and tastebuds on? *Hint hint*- that’s where I come in.
Do you like Bing Boy? Of course you do, you’re not an idiot.
Well did you know the guys behind Bing Boy have their own restaurant off Grote Street? Looks like we both learnt something new today.
I don’t know about you, but what I want in a delicious Chinese restaurant is abundance of food, cheap prices, open almost of the time and for the food to get from the kitchen to my mouth as quickly as I can. Open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm, and with massive servings for around $11-15 a pop, I think it’s fair to say Bing’s has delivered on the goods.
The restaurant is carefully tucked away in the passage of Chinatown between Grote and Gouger Street. The decor has taken a hipster-like twist with smooth wooden furnishings, green plant hangings and neon orange chairs.
We arrived around 11.30am before the lunch time hustle to sample their new menu. Someone once told me, if you’re not sure where to eat, follow the masses. Bing’s follows this rule of thumb, I’ll tell you that for free.
So onto the good part. What did we eat? I think a better question is what DIDN’T we eat? We decided to go traditional on all of our choices – let’s kick it old school!
We started with Vegetable Spring Rolls. An oldie but a goldie. They were golden brown, had the right amount of crunch and the veggies inside were firm and fresh. They were served with a sweet and sour sauce which in my time of dining at various Asian restaurants, have never paired the two together but I’m glad I did.
After spending too long trying to decide on which delicious dumpling we should choose, we landed on going for the Traditional Pan Fried Pork Cabbage. There were at least 10 different kinds to choose from all of which they specialise in hand making them fresh as you order. They were so damn juicy that my mouth is salivating just thinking about them now. Not only were they easy on the eyes but they also can served in a spider-like battered webbing. I used some of left over sweet and sour sauce to dip these bad boys into and let me tell you, I highly recommend.
Our next dish was fried rice because OBVIOUSLY! This was unlike most fried rices I’ve tried. It was fluffy, full of chunky egg, it wasn’t over fried or greasy and the chives provided a delicious fragrance throughout.
The Salt and Pepper Eggplant had a solid ratio of crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. And you know I’m all about that goo. They were well seasoned and had the right amount of salt that kept you coming back for more.
Now the Satay Beef was something else. This was no ordinary satay, they are usually a thick nutty sauce, with minimal vegetable content. WRONG! This dish was jam-packed full of colourful vegetables, silky beef strips and the sauce was light but packed a spicy punch.
Our final dish – the Creme De La Creme: Ginger and Shallot Barramundi. My word! It stole the show. It was presented beautifully, a whole fish swimming in broth heaped with bright juicy veggies. The ginger was not at all overpowering the dish and the fish was so buttery and soft, falling off the bone.
Bing’s is a family owned restaurant and the waiters and staff were so friendly. The owner even came and chatted to us, asking us for any feedback we had on the dishes. It really hammers it home about their love of food. If it was appropriate for me to high five him, I would’ve.
Words by Kassie Affede from Big Mouth Blog
WHERE: 6/85 Grote St, Adelaide