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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hung Cheung, Marrickville

In ethnically diverse Marrickville, the Hung Cheung is a lone Chinese dragon amidst a gaggle of Vietnamese noodle houses. Housed on the site of a former petrol station, its neon signs beckon at the start of the Marrickville Road eating strip.

Mud crab with ginger and shallots
Mud crab (market price)
with ginger and shallots and double e-fu noodles
This serving priced at $67.70


We start with our family favourite, mud crab with ginger and shallots. I'm a much bigger fan of mud crab over lobster. Although the picking out of crab flesh is much trickier (and nightmare-inducing for your dental conscience), I find the flavours so much tastier and sweeter too.

The resultant sauce, which is packed with crab flavours, is mopped up with thin silky ribbons of e-fu noodles. We always order a double portion of noodles, and even then there are still squabbles over the last of the noodles.

Peking ribs
Peking spare ribs $12.80

Peking spare ribs are meaty, a thin batter gives it a tasty crunch. It's coated with a sweet caramelised sauce which is perfect for this sweet tooth.

Mushrooms with vegetables
Enoki mushrooms with Chinese vegetables $15.80

Chinese stir-fried vegetables arrive with a mass of delicate enoki mushrooms.

Beans with pork mince
Minced pork with French beans in XO sauce $14.80

The pork mince is also delicious. Fine clumps of pork mince are flavoured nicely with XO sauce, salty, sweet and spicy hot sensations contrast nicely with the squeaky crunch of bright green French beans.

Crispy skin chicken
Crispy chicken $13.80

The crispy chicken here has always been its standout, and tonight is no exception. The skin is super crunchy, almost lifted from the sweet tender white meat beneath.

Sago pudding
Sago pudding $17.80
(must be pre-ordered 48 hours in advance)


We finish with another family favourite, sago pudding, nicely caramelised although perhaps a tad too dry.

Sago in coconut milk
Sago in coconut milk (complimentary)

A complimentary fruit platter and a house dessert of sago in coconut milk pushes us to our limits. We unlock the emergency stomach though, before rolling our way out the door and into the car for home.

Quality Chinese food at suburban prices, although the bathroom facilities are in dire need of a spruce up.

Hung Cheung interior
Hung Cheung Chinese Restaurant
338 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9560 4681


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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 5/27/2006 11:59:00 am


5 Comments:

  • At 5/28/2006 12:38 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    I also prefer (mud) crab to lobster - the meat is sweeter, more tender.

    I love Marrickville, and it's nice to read of consistantly good Chinese dishes at the one restaurant. Those dishes are exactly what my family and I would order too. The sago in coconut milk sounds (and looks) really lovely.

     
  • At 5/28/2006 10:40 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Julia - I like your taste in dishes! I'm usually the one pushing for salt and pepper squid too =) Marrickville is definitely the new Newtown methinks.

     
  • At 5/28/2006 11:13 pm, Blogger papa lazarou said…

    had an enjoyable meal here a few years ago... yum @ the crab ! instead of the e-fu noodles, i always go for the crab with vermicelli (cooked with XO and pork mince)... we always order a double portion of the vermicelli noodles, and its always never enough :)

     
  • At 5/29/2006 10:15 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Yummo! I haven't been there in ages.

     
  • At 5/29/2006 11:39 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi papa lazarou - We've tried mud crab with vermicelli noodles at East Ocean before but I have to say I much prefer my e-fu noodles. They're so much silkier in texture! Each to their own I guess =)

    Hi Veruca - You'll have to amend that then!

     

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