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Ding Hao: Give The Food Court A Miss
Ding Hao stays open late and they don't give you that strange look if you eat alone. The food is fresh and the speed which the food arrive is impressive. The quality and quantity is rather appreciative. The service is good, without being too fussy or bored stand offish. An exception is main dinner times and Weekend dim sums- reserved a table or you wont be able to sink your teeth is some of the most heavenly dim sums in Chinatown.
Favorite Dish: Pei Pah Tofu is fresh and heavenly- think lightly battered tofu, flash fried and comes with a tangy sauce.
Claypot Seafood or Vegetarian Claypot- traditional Chinese dish perfected by only a few select chefs- subtle taste of seafood in a mouthwatering sauce which is not too gooey or heavy. Think- light, delicate and fresh taste.
Sir Fried Greens- Ask for Kai Lan- a type of Chinese green stir fried in a a really hot wok. I prefer the greens to be dressed in garlic sauce.
The main reason people go to Chinatown is for the food and Adelaide is no exception. Located on Grote St. there is a large Chinatown with an indoor mall or market oriented food court. In the market alone there are probably 20 Chinese and six other asian restaurants. There are significantly more in Chinatown proper, ranging in price and quality from very low to very high.
Favorite Dish: I had fried chicken, which was good, my wife had seafood noodles, which she also liked. Everything seemed to be fairly inexpensive and reasonably good, though it is quite possible to go "up-market". Like all Chinatowns however, sanitary conditions aren't the best and service is spotty.
Chinatown Cafe: Will fill you up for the entire day!
This cafe is pretty budget looking (as with most placese in Moonta St), however the service is exceptionally fast and always friendly. The menu caters for Vegetarians and Vegans well and everything is priced below $10AU. Being right next the central markets means everything is always very fresh.
Several reviewer claim this is the best laksa in town.
Favorite Dish: The Laksa is by far the best dish; although everything is good value for money.
Huge serves, with vegies, noodles and your choice of Chicken, Seafood or Vego. The blend of spices they use is what makes the flavour of this laksa taste so great.
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