We each picked a dish, which we shared. The standout dish was the vegetable and pork pot stickers ($10.80 for 10), which had a beautiful golden-brown netting. The pastry wasn’t too thick and was nicely crispy. Inside was a chunky mix of wombok, minced pork and a good punch of grated ginger. I really liked these as they are very home style in nature – I grew up with my grandparents and relatives making these big dumplings with chunky filling (not like the over-processed machine-made dumplings you get elsewhere).
We also had to get a serve of xiao long baos – or as they are called here, Baowie steamed juicy pork buns ($10.80 for eight). These were pretty good. I’d rate them over the famed xiao long baos at Hutong Dumpling Bar in the city. A piping hot soupy interior, which had a filling that was very similar to the pot stickers.
The steamed golden scallop dumplings ($6.80 for four) had a nice sized scallop inside. While I was the one who picked this dish, I wasn’t bowled over by them. They were good but I wouldn’t necessarily order them again.
After our dumpling experience, Benny and Bilby Blue were keen to check out Baowie’s noodles. On a very hot evening a few days before Christmas, Benny and Bilby made good use of Forest Hill’s extended shopping hours – avoiding the daytime crowds and enjoying air-conditioned comfort. It was also a perfect noodle opportunity.
Bilby’s choice – Zha Jiang Mian – was described in the menu as being cold noodles with spicy minced pork, cucumber, carrot, stewed soy beans and fermented bean sauce. Cold noodles sounded like a great idea for hot weather. The dish was fantastic – a wonderful mix of heat from the spices and fresh crunchy vegies over a pillow of noodles. Her only criticism was that the dish was not as described in the menu – the noodles were piping hot. Despite this, Bilby was extremely happy with the dish and would happily re-order it – hot or cold.
Benny was more conventional in his choice of Braised Pork Belly Noodle Soup: tender pieces of Chinese roasted pork belly in a tasty broth, with stewed soy beans, tahini and a garlic sauce taking it beyond the ordinary.
VerdictWe liked it.
OverallWould we return? If visiting Forest Hill Chase at lunch or dinner time Benny and Bilby would happily indulge in the noodle dishes – topped up with a serve of dumplings if they were extra hungry.
For me, I’d go back if I happen to be at Forest Hill Chase and needing some food – Baowie is a cut above the run-of-the-mill options in the food court.
Find it atBaowie
Forest Hill Chase
270 Canterbury Road