Monday, May 14, 2012

Big flavours in The Little Chilli House

The plan was to get to Hurstville and just find somewhere, anywhere, the first place we saw, to eat as noon was getting a little late for breakfast.

With parking being a bit of a hassle and lucky dip, we really could have ended up anywhere along the main road of Hurstville. Our luck would have it that we spotted The Little Chilli House first – its colourful photo covered front window obscuring the view within.

Spicy shredded pork from The Little Chilli House, Forest Road, Hurstville
The menu photos promised dumplings so in we went to a mostly empty restaurant save for a couple of tables of families.

A quick scan of the menu photos plastering the inside walls brought us to order the shiny looking spicy shredded pork; a Northern style Chinese dish with bold vinegar and contrasting sweet flavours.

Tossed with bamboo shoots, shallots and sliced red chilli, this was ideal with a bowl of steamed rice.

Boiled pork and chive dumplings
A little ordering mishap meant we were having two types of pork and chive dumplings for lunch – these boiled ones were on the petite side and needed their dipping soy sauce for more of a flavour kick.

Pan fried dumplings
The larger pan fried dumplings seemed to have slightly-too-thick skins, but were nonetheless gobbled up with vinegar sauce and a chilli oil/paste available on every table.

The three dishes were unbelievably filling between two as the first meal of the day. The dinner offerings looked even more enticing with some very interesting Northern Chinese specialties – I’ll have to leave this for another big eating session.

The Little Chilli House on Urbanspoon

12 comments:

chocolatesuze said...

mmm dumplings... eat ALL the dumplings!

MissPiggy said...

Looks like the parking Gods were smiling on you for lunch! Sometimes I wish I could just leave my car in the middle of the street and go eat wherever I choose. LOL.

gaby @ lateraleating said...

The shredded pork looks great, a nice detour from the usual dumplings.

love2dine said...

I just love to try

tania@mykitchenstories said...

You really couldn't go too far wrong on the main street of Hurstville ... thats for sure

john@heneedsfood said...

I always find the boiled northern dumplings lack flavour so I tend to gravitate towards the fried variety. No hand-pulled noodles?

hannah said...

Oh yummy, that looks delicious! Dumplings are my favourite cheat meal, mmmm!

SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa) said...

Vinegar and chili oil make EVERYTHING taste better! Sounds like a yummy meal.

Tina said...

Hi suze - Yes mam!

Hi MissPiggy - Especially overcrowded places like the city and Hursty... :/

Hi gaby - I know I have a problem with dumplings but I just can't help myself!

Hi love2dine - Do!

Hi Tania - True, we weren't worried at all where we ended up :)

Hi John - Depends if I feel like an oil hit ;) Chilli oil helps immensely too

Hi hannah - I fear I have an obsession/addiction to dumplings of all sorts...

Hi SarahKate - Agreed (as long as the chilli isn't too hot)!

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

too bad about some of the dumpling mishaps but thankfully, there's soy sauce!

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

i have the worst luck with parking, like ever! lol helloooo dumplings!

Tina said...

Hi Adrian - Mmm, I even like average dumplings -> obsessed.

Hi Tina - Yeah, Sydney overall is just not parking friendly...

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