Dumpling House, 2 Everage Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9372 9188
Consider The Sauce recorded the new existence of Dumpling House in a Moonee Ponds eats goss post a month back, noting along the way how much I enjoyed the chicken and mushroom wontons in “peanut, chilli and spice sauce”.
Today I’m back for lunch and I have company.
Between us we try enough of the menu to ascertain that Dumpling House is about more than dumplings and is, indeed, a very handy arrival in the Puckle Street neighbourhood – basic of decor, very cheap and with surprises waiting to be unearthed.
And word, it seems, is getting out – there’s one large lunch group, another table of four and a few takeaway orders going out the door.
Pan-fried chicken and prawn dumplings ($9.50 for 12) are a big bite size and quite chewy.
The innards (top picture) are a deft mix of chicken and prawn – very tasty!
We enjoy, too, the Shanghai fried noodles ($9.50).
There’s nothing spectacular about this dish – it’s simply a good, solid rendition of a standard noodle dish with greenery, carrot and beef.
We are so very happy we have ordered the spicy eggplant ($16.50).
Not that it’s spicy, mind you.
And forget the capsicum, which is little more than a garnish.
The dish is also monumentally oily – but I doubt it could be made any other way.
What it does have is gorgeously luscious eggplant pieces with flavour that has us moaning and sighing with delight.
The sort of eggplant flavour, in fact, of which I dream.
All this is set off by the wonderfully by bright green, al-dente broad beans – such a nice touch!