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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant, Campsie

Steamed oysters with ginger and shallots $2.80 each

A family gathering of 7 adults and 2 toddlers descend on Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant in Campsie. A familiar shopper in the area, I've rarely taken the time to enjoy a meal here, but the matriarch has heard good things and spotted an ad or two in the Chinese newspaper.

It's quite a big restaurant in the hustle and bustle of Beamish Street, fish tanks lining the front windows and the tables varying from square to large round banquet style. Staff are resonably friendly but a little distracted. We have to ask thrice for wine glasses and then for a corkscrew, despite there being only one other table present in the restaurant.

Sauteed lobster with ginger and shallot on efu noodles $58.50

It's the usual feast of food that follows. The lobster with ginger and shallots emerges first, a delicious jumble of meaty (if a little mild-flavoured) lobster tossed amongst noodles that could have been a tad more lubricated with sauce.

Mud crab with vermicelli noodles $38.50

Mud crab with vermicelli noodles is equally messy for the fingers, the noodles even tastier with a chilli afterkick.

Moist towelettes save the need for finger licking, especially when the giant platter of steamed Pacific oysters [top] arrives, plump cushions sweet with ginger, soy and tangled tendrils of coriander and shallots.

Braised brisket of beef with sinew $14.80

I have a bit of a weakenss for braised beef brisket, especially when tendons are involved. All those cheap cuts of meat are slow cooked to a melting tenderness, a disaster when not cooked long enough, but so rewarding when it is. It's a reward of pure pleasure tonight.

Fillet steak with Chinese broccoli $14.80

Fillet steak is tender if a little on the sweet side, although tempered by the crisp florets of bright green Chinese broccoli.

Baked pork chop Peking style $14.80

Baked pork chop Peking-style is deliberately sweet, a version of sweet and sour pork on the bone. It's a hit with the kids and the kids at heart. I'm definitely a kid at heart.

Crispy skin chicken $14.80

Crispy skin chicken is a touch dry but we have high standards when it comes to this dish, a family staple at any meal we have at a Chinese restaurant. The skin is paper thin and delicately crisp, a lemon wedge provided on the side for personalised dousing.

The hotpot of mixed seafood with tofu suffers from no problems with dryness. Curls of criss-cross scored squid and fillets of fish are cooked to a just-cooked softness. It's a treasure trove of goodies, squares of deep-fried tofu and Chinese vegetables hidden within. A bit like Sydney's restaurant scene - you never know what you're going to find.

Mixed seafood with bean curd $16.80

Keung Kee Seafood Restaurant
269 Beamish Street, Campsie Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9718 0388

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/14/2008 07:52:00 pm


  • At 9/15/2008 1:12 am, Blogger An said…

    Mmmmm *drool* All the yummy food... I only have hold-back on the sweet-n-sour pork and the fillet with chinese brocolli.
    Thanks for posting up the pics - next time there's a outing with friends I'll see if I can drag them there. :P

    By the way, I've recently been to this fairly new restaurant in Ultimo. There's a tasty massive fish head noodle soup. You can probably share it between 2-4 people depending on the size of your appetite. After attempting to eat the whole thing, I'd felt like I'd gone on a buffet. It's still fairly reasonably priced, but bring friends to taste the dishes.

    It's "Chinese" but it's more a Singaporean/Malaysian type dishes, with Bak Kut Teh, Laksa, Fish (Head/Fillet) noodle soup, Singaporean Chilli Crab, and Hanianese Chicken Rice to name a few.

    "Chinese Herbal King Seafood Restaurant"
    Address: Shop 328, 310 Wattle Street, Ultimo
    (02) 9660 7588
    Open everyday, 8am-midnight.

  • At 9/15/2008 8:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi helen!!! wow wow wow.. *drools over the oyster w/ ginger and shallots...

    ooh and an saw ur post there love singaporean food.. thanks for the tip (even though its not directed to me lol)will visit that new place at ultimo!! hehe..

  • At 9/15/2008 11:45 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi ~an* - Thanks for the restaurant tip. I do love my bak kut teh :)

    Hi Kay - Let me know if you need company, otherwise let me know how it goes :)

  • At 9/16/2008 2:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I know this new chinese in Ultimo, hard to not notice their flashing neons :) haven't dine in but heard some good reviews.

  • At 9/18/2008 12:50 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Joanna - Ooh, flashing neon! If you do make it there, let me know what you think :)

  • At 9/18/2008 4:12 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I certainly will :)

  • At 9/23/2008 11:56 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Joanna - Excellent :)

  • At 6/01/2009 10:21 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like this restaurant because they open until 3 AM everyday, as me and my partner like to eat late at night.

    I really liked their Combination Bean Curd Hot Pot, but I guess I need to try other stuff too! They look so yummyyyyyyyy!!!

  • At 6/04/2009 12:14 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Wow, I didn't realise they were open until 3am! And thanks for the tip about the combination bean curd hot pot. Will have to keep an eye out for it next time :)

  • At 7/30/2009 2:48 am, Blogger Strawberrybabiii said…

    I know this restaurant. It opens really late and I like to eat late so... perfect! The food is pretty good here, definitely the best in campsie.. on most occasions. Prob 8 out of 10. hope they keep it up!

  • At 8/01/2009 11:16 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Strawberrybabii - Good to hear from a fan of Keung Kee. I didn't realise it was open so late. Will have to remember it if I'm hungry and in the area!


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