My sister, who is living in London, was recently back in Perth for a short visit.
Whenever she is in town, she likes to schedule in a very efficient eating tour of all her (our) favourite childhood eats.
And I am always VERY happy to throw my clean-eating, gluten-free, carb-free, pseudo-paleo eating regime out the window and tag along – haha!
This particular day, we had an extended family dinner at Chin’s Noodle House in Leeming.
There were 22 of us all together and we ordered tonnes of our favourite Chinese dishes, including one of our favourites: Chin’s Famous Peking Duck.
YUM!! It’s been YEARS since I’ve eaten Peking Duck!
I remember eating it in various Chinese restaurants throughout my childhood. We were always celebrating someone’s birthday, or someone being in town, with a 10 course Chinese banquet dinner.
I never liked the chili crabs, or the garlic prawns very much – Peking Duck was always my favourite.
This dish comes as a 3 Course Meal ($63).
1st course consisted of sliced, crispy duck meat served on crepes with spring onions, cucumbers and a special duck sauce.
The duck skin was soooo crispy, with a little bit of tasty fat clinging to the underside of the skin. The duck meat was succulent, tender, and so yummy.
I was in absolute heaven!
Thankfully I was sitting next to my 6 year old son, who merely raised his eye brows at the thought of eating duck skin, so I snatched it up quickly and said something like:
“Aww you don’t like it? Okay Mummy will eat it for you…”
(There was none of that carry-on “Now you know the rules. Just take one bite and see if you like it. It’s really yummy! Come on, just try it. It’s like a mini kebab. This is crispy skin! You like chicken skin, this is kind of the same…”)
2nd course was a clear duck soup, with preserved salted vegetables, sliced tomatoes and soft tofu.
So the duck pancakes were good, but this clear soup was even better. I sipped it slowly and ceremoniously, to prolong the flavour in my mouth. It was salty and sour, with hearty undertones from the duck and spices. It was utterly delicious.
My kids loved it too. My 6 year old had 2 bowls of it and demanded more. Too bad buddy.
And lastly for the 3rd course, diners get to choose how the shredded duck meat was to be served. You can have the duck stir fried with bean sprouts and ginger, or with dry chilli sauce, or with rice/egg noodles.
We chose Sang Chow Bow, which was the stir fried duck served with lettuce leaves.
Again it was tasty and simply delicious!
We ordered plenty of other food, including roast crispy chicken and plum sauce, sizzling Japanese bean curd with diced chicken, salt & pepper squid, lamb, vegetables and bean curd in claypot, kai lan with garlic sauce and I think I might have missed one or two.
And lastly, we ordered one of our childhood favourites: Fried Ice Cream!
It’s a ball of ice cream that has been dipped in breadcrumbs and quickly deep fried.
Actually… I have never liked Fried Ice Cream, nor has any of my siblings! It’s just one of those things that my parents, Aunties and Uncles ordered for us, because THEY liked it as kids, so we were made to eat it.
So to continue the tradition, I ordered it for my kids and suggested very strongly that they should eat it too!
Chin’s Noodle House
51 Farrington Rd, Leeming, WA