257 Home kitchen
Today I’m bringing you a 257 Home Kitchen, a restaurant that’s dear to my heart. I grew up eating their dumplings and Shanghai food.
So today, I’m going to show you some of their best dumplings and other great picks.
257 Home Kitchen
257 Rowe St, Eastwood NSW 2122
I ordered 4 items off their extensive menu. Their Xiao Long Bao (because no good Shanghainese restaurant would leave this dish off the menu), Pan Fried Pork Dumpling, Pork & Vegetable Wontons and then finally a portion of delicious Dan dan noodles.
Xiao Long Bao
The Xiao Long Bao is a soup dumpling that I think many of us already know and love. These dumplings are famous for their delicate thin wrappers that hold a meat pork filling surrounded in pork juice soup.
These dumplings are best enjoyed pipping hot, right out of the steamer. But be sure to not one biter these small dumplings.
You WILL burn your tongue from the hot soup that bursts out. Instead, I suggest you to nibble a hole to sip the soup inside before one-biter the rest of the dumpling.
…right after you’ve dipped your dumpling in a soy-vinegar sauce.
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings
Next up, we have pan fried pork dumplings that look like small soft pillows.
The wrapper is more a dough – what you get is a softer, breadier texture that a normal dumpling wrapper. Inside is a juicy pork filling and the bottoms are pan fried (hence the name), making the bottoms deliciously crispy.
(You also need to be careful when biting into these dumplings because although they have less soup than a Xiao Long Bao, they still have piping hot soup inside)
Pork & Veg Wontons
Shanghai wontons typically have a pork & vegetable filling instead of the prawn and pork filling you get from Cantonese wontons. And the wontons at 257 Home Kitchen are darn tasty.
Wontons don’t have a soup juicy filling, but they are served in a clear broth that’s lightly seasoned with spring onions.
This is just comfort food. You can’t go wrong with comfort food.
Dan Dan Noodles
Dan dan noodles originate from Sichuan. It’s a incredibly tasty noodle dish that’s coated in a thick sauce mixed with a bunch of stuff. You’ll find sesame paste, Sichuan peppercorn, peanuts, spring onions, mince pork …the list goes on.
What you get is a very appetising dish that ‘s savoury, fragrant, spicy and nutty.