On our brief visit to the city a few weeks ago we managed to enjoy our favourite city lunch, Yum Cha in Chinatown. We went to Marigold,
rather than another favourite, East Ocean.
It was early, so there was no queuing for a table, in minutes we were selecting delicious steamed dumplings from the passing trolleys. Some of my favourites are pictured here on another blog about East Ocean. We ate prawn dumplings, scallop and chive dumplings, prawn rice noodles, and others whose names I do not know! Each piece is tasty, succulent, mouth-wateringly delicious!
We drank chinese tea, listened to the happy excited voices, watched the neighbouring tables and soaked up the festive atmosphere.
Trolleys with stacked bamboo steamers rolled past, each waitress asking if you would like to choose any of her offerings.
This pass of the sweets trolley was a little early for us, but perfect for photographing. It seemed that everyone was asking for the custard tarts, but there were none on the trolley … oh dear! That was what we would have had too.
Colourful chinese jellies made with agar agar, other sweets are made with red bean, or glutinous rice. Dont they look delicious? My favourites include a coconut jelly, melt-in-the-mouth softness that you almost inhale, perfect at the end of a long and special meal like yum cha. This one that Stuart is eating also includes red bean.
A peep into the kitchen where greens and rice noodle rolls wait ready for the lunchtime crowds. Then we were back in the street, no time to photograph the little grocery shops and fresh vegetable dealers, we were headed for the quay … so a few minutes to listen to a busker at Haymarket, then a walk through famous old Dixon Street, which is now much too flash!
Another busker, this one playing statues! A quick look into a colourful window,
We made our way through the thronging footpaths and roaring traffic to George Street where we caught a bus down to Circular Quay, a part of the story you have already seen. Every moment in the city that day was just perfect!