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Crystal Jade Restaurant @ Little Bourke Street 
7th-Jan-2010 10:41 pm
After my visit to Landmark last year, where they didn't have har gao or siew mai, I have been extremely resistant to go to another yumcha restaurant here in Australia. At least not without a good reference. (^_^)

So imagine my glee when bankevair took us down to Melbourne's little Little Chinatown to a well-recommended yumcha joint.

It might take awhile to find the entrance to Crystal Jade Restaurant, since it's not obviously along a busy main road and customers have to pass through glass doors to climb stairs to their dining room. But if you love your traditional push-carts of dim sums that are freshly made and served in traditional bamboo steamers, you'll love these guys.

And I am such a sucker for well-made chicken feet with chilli. These are the closest thing I can come to the real deal back home and I just about died and gone to heaven, sucking the skin off the bones and cartilage.

But for those who prefer the more 'PG' fare, the rest is just as good. And yes, they have fresh har gao and siew mai!

The bowl they served the congee in is a bit shallow,
so you don't get a lot in one serve,
but that's the point and there's lots of tiny chopped century egg.

The other yummy difference is they have pork lard in it too.
Not very healthy, but so flavourful.

Succulent prawns wrapped in a sheet of rice flour and water,
steamed over a cloth and served in a dressing of light soy sauce and oil

Sooooo goooooooood....

Dessert is the only disappointment.
The dessert cart apparently went missing and there wasn't a dessert menu,
so we were told to just ask for what we wanted and they'd bring it out from the kitchen.
We asked for mango pudding and we got the strangest tasting pudding.
It didn't taste much of mango
and was more orange than the usual yellow kind we're more familiar with.

Nonetheless, it was a great lunch and I certainly wouldn't hesitate to visit Crystal Jade Restaurant again.

Crystal Jade Restaurant
154 Little Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9639 2633
Daily 6am-9am, 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm

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7th-Jan-2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
OHH MAAAN I feel like eating them.. now D8
7th-Jan-2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
You have access to Red Star, which has some of the nicest traditional dim sum I've ever tasted. So go go go! :)
7th-Jan-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I went there before too!! OMG lar so many of the places you went to, i've been there myself!
7th-Jan-2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
That's cuz it's Melbourne and once word of a good thing gets out, everyone will wanna try. ;)

Doesn't this make you miss the city? XD
8th-Jan-2010 06:20 am (UTC)
it does! makes me miss the city lots. Its such a beautiful city isn't it? I could really live there.
7th-Jan-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that looks unbelievably good. I could do with about 5 plates of the chee cheong fun itself right now... as a prelude to breakfast... *drool*

-Charlene (http://novemberimages.blogspot.com)
7th-Jan-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Me too! I luuuuuuuurve chee cheong fun - this soft kind, not the hard kind normally served with the thick sweet sauce.

Though 5 plates might be a bit much... XD
31st-Jan-2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Apologies for randomness, got here from a reviews website - I was thinking of trying out this place, do you remember approximately how much per head it cost?
31st-Jan-2010 10:00 am (UTC)
You're looking at about $4-8 per dim sum steamer. Everything posted was shared between 2 girls who hadn't had breakfast and it was approx AUD$20+ per person.
31st-Jan-2010 10:10 am (UTC)
That sounds really reasonable, thank you! Looking for new yum cha places since I'm sick of the old ones :P
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