Cheap & Cheerful Dining in Eastwood
They run meal deals which is great from when you come dine in a group, and I always think it’s an absolute bargain because you get soup, rice and veggies free with your order.
Today I want to take you to a family owned restaurant I’ve been going to since I was a kid. My family loves this place and it’s a go to for authentic Chinese food at great prices.
Ginger & Shallots
25/1 Lakeside Rd, Eastwood
There was 4 of us that day and we got the 5 person meal deal which means you get to order 5 dishes, a big pot of soup, limitless rice and a plate of garlic stir fry veggies.
- Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork
- Beef with Honey & black pepper
- Shandong Chicken
- Salt & Pepper Tofu
- Peking Ribs
Spicy Eggplant with Minced Pork
The spicy eggplant with mince pork is packed with flavour, but not overly salty. However it goes great with rice.
Although the name says “with mince pork” don’t expect big chunks of pork in this dish. The main star is the melt-in-your-mouth eggplant.
Beef with Honey & Black Pepper
The beef wasn’t tough, but it was overly soft from being marinated for too long either. The honey give it a nice sweetness to it, but you get the black pepper kick at the end.
The Shangdong chicken is a dish I ALWAYS get when I come here. I’m not exaggerating, because I’m the type of person who can eat the same thing again and again if I love it.
The Shandong chicken is a crispy skin dish where Chinese black vinegar and a honey marinade/ sauce shines. It creates a sweet and subtly tart dish with roast chicken flavours. A favourite of mine.
Salt & Pepper Tofu
Salt & pepper dishes are typically done with a thin flour batter, and they go well with things that are subtly sweet, such as seafood. In this case tofu also works, and Ginger & Shallots does this dish well.
The batter is thin and crisp while it’s still hot. The batter that holds the seasoning isn’t overly salty that you can’t taste the tofu and the tofu inside is wonderfully silky soft.
Peking ribs is another dish that gets ordered each time I come here. It’s similar to sweet and sour, but the flavours are not so bright in terms of the tartness. You still get that signature tang though.