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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Blue Eye Dragon, Pyrmont

Prawn dumplings with water chestnuts, shallots and Chinese celery $12

Blue Eye Dragon is not your average Taiwanese restaurant. More used to the no-nonsense brusqueness of Mother Chu's, Blue Eye Dragon provides an impressive welcome of mood lighting, crisp tablecloths, real napkins and polished wine glasses waiting on every table.

All these niceties are reflected in the price, of course. Twelve dollars for four prawn dumplings sounds steep at first, but with that first mouthful of sweet juicy plump prawn, singing with shallots and the crunch of water chestnuts, we're wondering whether we should order more.

Salt and pepper soft shell crab $14

Salt and pepper soft shell crab is pleasantly spicy if a little overwhelmed by green onions.

Pork belly slow cooked in soy, aniseed, garlic and light chilli $20

Slow-cooked pork belly is not as sweet as I'd expected, me having immediate visions of a red-braised caramelised pork belly. The dish, I'm told by my Vietnamese colleagues, is very similar to a traditional Vietnamese dish often cooked at home for its long-keeping qualities. The pork is so salty it's almost cured, best eaten in small mouthfuls with plenty of rice.

Queensland scallops in house XO sauce and vegetables $36

The Queensland scallops, on the other hand, are a hit with the entire table. Thick hearty discs of sweetest scallop are seared to a melting tenderness, bathed in the spicy heartiness of XO sauce.

Sticky rice with Chinese wolfberries and sultana $8
finished with sweet peanut powder and coriander

The sticky rice with Chinese wolfberries has a reputation that precedes itself. A gentle mound of sweet sticky rice is crowned with glistening jewels of ruby red wolfberries and shiny sultanas. Surrounded by a moat of peanut powder, a trail of micro coriander leaves look like waterlily fronds.

The sticky rice is sweet and creamy, providing a textural contrast with the crunch of pulverised peanuts and sugar.

Movenpick ice cream $14

A trio of Movenpick ice cream is an instant hit with Mr Two-Year-Old. It's also sneakily demolished by the adults too. Silky smooth in texture, the rich scoop of chocolate is probably my favourite.

Sticky rice cakes in ginger syrup and sweet peanut powder $8

Sticky rice cakes are the last dish to arrive. Four squat balls of dough are covered with more of that sweet peanut powder, a puddle of ginger syrup ringed with thin shavings of candied fresh ginger.

Whilst I'm a keen fan of anything starchy, these rice cakes are so glutinous they threaten to, and do, stick in the throat. More used to sweet rice balls that have a filling inside, these stretchy splodges of glutinous rice dough seems to resist any attempts to bite it in two. The ginger syrup is deliciously sweet and even the candied ginger slices feel medicinally good.

We depart satiated and satisfied, resisting the chance to take home a bag of thirty frozen prawn dumplings ($35 or $25 for 30 pork dumplings).

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Blue Eye Dragon
Shop 2, 42 Harris Street, Pyrmont, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9518 9955

Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday,
dinner Tuesday to Saturday

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Taiwanese--Mother Chu's (Apr 07)
Taiwanese--Mother Chu's (Nov 05)
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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 6/10/2008 10:54:00 pm


  • At 6/11/2008 8:24 am, Blogger Y said…

    Those sticky rice cakes look great. I remember having the wolfberry dessert ages ago. Can't remember if I thought I would ever order it again, but it did bring back childhood memories :)

  • At 6/11/2008 8:33 pm, Blogger j0ykezt said…

    the sticky rice desserts looks yummylicious.. love anything with sweet peanut powder. i've passed by the place so many times and it's always packed!! will definitely have to go try it now...

  • At 6/12/2008 11:10 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    those scallops look SUCCULENT. mmMMM...the prices seem quite steep and the portions quite small. is it just the picture or are the portions really small?

  • At 6/12/2008 3:34 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ohh, those prawn dumplings look every bit worth their $12! Sublime photography, as always.

  • At 6/12/2008 7:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You should try Ding Tai Fung one day. It's a Taiwanese dumpling and bao chain restaurant. They opened last month and you have to try their pork bao, crab egg bao and dumplings! Try and get there early before 6pm or after 9pm because you can't reserve seats and it's very popular with the Taiwanese.
    It's in world square, level 1.

  • At 6/13/2008 5:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Scallops look awesome despite the price!

    Awesome photography I agree, well done.

  • At 6/14/2008 9:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi helen! wow looks yummy.. but prices seems abit expensive .. eg. dumplings at 12 bucks! oh well..

  • At 6/14/2008 9:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ps. that pork belly dish looks similar to philippines adobo.. except w/o the chili

  • At 6/15/2008 12:13 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sweet peanut powder - oh my goodness! I am sooo stealing that idea to top my next chocolate pudding! Genius.

  • At 6/15/2008 8:32 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Y - The wolfberry dessert did remind me of Chinese steamed rice desserts. I did struggle chewing the sticky rice cakes - I think I prefer the little balls filled with black sesame paste :)

    Hi j0ykezt - The sweet peanut powder was definitely a highlight!

    Hi Lyn - The portions are quite small. As I do mention, there is quite a high level of service so this is naturally reflected in the price.

    Hi jsl@palate - The prawn dumplings were so very good. It does make you appreciate the maxim "you get what you pay for".

    Hi Mira - I've been meaning to get to Din Tai Fung for several weeks now. I wanna see the open kitchen and I can't wait to try their siu lung bao!

    Hi Howie - Thanks. It was actually quite dim and I didn't want to use the flash (and disturb other diners). And yep, the scallops were my favourite main.

    Hi Kay - It does cost a bit more but the quality of the seafood does seem to be higher. The dumplings did taste very good - so very prawny in flavour.

    I haven't tried adobo, but I've been intrigued!

    Hi Christie - Ooh that does sound like a tasty combo :)

  • At 6/17/2008 2:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh wow, what a coincidence. ^^ Been trolling, but I can't help but commenting on this (especially after just writing a post about it) cause I've checked and you need to try out Cho Dumpling King at Haymarket! (gonna keep an eye on blue eye for one day ^^)

  • At 6/17/2008 9:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wonder why it taste like to eat wolfberries this way.. :)

  • At 6/19/2008 9:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I've never tried wolfberries before-sounds interesting! The sticky rice cakes with peanut powder reminds me of a dessert I used to eat in Japan. It came in small ice cube shapes with the peanut powder on top of it. I never knew what it was called as I couldn't read what it said but bought it on a whim and loved it. I just looked for the telltale peanut powder packet lol Depending on the brand, the peanut powder could be quite floury and some brands weren't sweet enough. Didn't stop me from eating them though ;)

  • At 6/19/2008 11:55 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    looks delicious, must bookmark it for next celebratory dinner.

  • At 6/21/2008 3:22 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just love coming here and looking at your photos. They are all just stunning!

  • At 6/22/2008 10:03 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Why isn't this restaurant near me??

  • At 6/22/2008 10:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The prawn dumplings look wonderful!

  • At 6/23/2008 7:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    where are you?? i check everyday but no updates:(

  • At 6/23/2008 9:47 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Foxy - Thanks for commenting :) and yes, I've been meaning to get to Cho Dumpling King for a while now.

    Hi Crunchasarus Rex - The wolfberries were quite sweet with just a mild tartness. They did go well with the sticky rice.

    Hi Lorraine E - Are they mochi? I love that stuff, and yep, sweet peanut powder is one of life's pleasures.

    Hi Dive Mummy - I think you'll like it :)

    Hi Chuck - Thank you :) and glad you're enjoying the site.

    Hi Jessica - Why aren't you near Sydney? lol :)

    Hi Sean - The prawn dumplings were lovely :)

    Hi Anon - Patience is a virtue :) and yes, you'll be cured of boredom soon

  • At 6/28/2008 12:29 pm, Blogger yan_ange said…

    Oh...It's a shame this place is a little far from work (work at Ultimo) but it certainly looks great! Did you go during dinner or lunch? Just a suggestion, there's an awesome Japanese place called Samurai near there at Bunn Street, Pyrmont! The Katsue Pork Curry is awesome!

  • At 6/28/2008 10:43 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi yan_ange - We went there for dinner (hence the grainy by-candlelight photos!). I have heard some good things about Samurai - thanks for consolidation of the tip!


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