Shop 600, Westfield Shopping Centre
Chatswood, NSW 2067
Kam Fook is often touted to offer the best Yum Cha in Sydney. If the number of diners is anything to go by, I’d be inclined to say this is true. Very typical of a yum cha joint, it’s busy, packed to the brim, and serves steaming hot dim sum. Mmmmm…. A refreshing change, however, is the pleasant staff. They’re not brusque, unfriendly or rushed.. but take the time to say hello and offered us a smile when we arrived. You don’t often get that in Hong Kong restaurant 😛
We entered at just over 10:30am for Brunch, and were shocked to see the place about 90% full with people merrily chowing down on their dim sum. It’s a great time for yum cha though, the earlier the better! We only selected 4 dishes since we didn’t want to stuff ourselves.. but all 4 dishes were delicious and really filled the spot.
First up was Century Egg & Mince Pork Congee. I honestly think Kam Fook does it THE BEST.. the congee is rich and sludgy and hot, and the mince pork is super tender. I normally never ate century egg but I did this time, it was yum! Loved the generous sprinkle of cracker-bits on top of the congee too. The dish was so good, I declared I would come back any day for just a bowl of that.
Next up was Mince Pork and Mushroom Balls. They actually have a proper Chinese name, but I can’t remember it 🙁 The mince pork and mushrooms are mild and creamy, and the exterior is this interesting chewy dough that’s lightly deep-fried. It’s completely scrumptious!!! A must-have for me at any yum cha place, but sometimes they don’t do it right and it’s just all-round squidgy and weird. Kam Fook’s version is lightly crisp on the outside and the chewiness is just-so, with a decent amount of filling.
Chris got some Yam Balls which is HIS must-have dish. I don’t particularly like it, but he likes the creamy yam on the inside and the really fluffy deep-fried pastry on the outside. Really unhealthy, guess why it tastes so good 😉
Capped it all off with some Mango Pudding, which I gawped when the stamped it as a “large” dish on our yum cha card (diners get a card that gets stamped appropriately whenever you order a particular dish off the trolleys wheeling around the food). It was just a cup of mango pudding, I would have thought it’d be a “small” dish! Such a rip off.. To be fair though, it at least had real mango chunks in it, which was nice. But will never get it again.
Century Egg & Mince Pork Congee
Mince Pork and Mushroom Balls