Winston Gardens Yum Cha

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Having a baby meant that dining out, movies or shopping have reduced tremendously. Don’t me wrong, I’m not whinging, because I know this is part of parenthood, and I’m enjoying it as it comes. There are times though, that parenthood could do with a little motivational boost. For me, it is that occasional treat in a restaurant when the baby is behaving well, or the extra hour or two nap in the afternoon. That aside, caring for a baby means having back pain from the countless of times we change nappies at the changing table per day and headaches from the lack of sleep. Speaking of which, yesterday little J decided to wake up more frequent than usual at night, once at 1.15am (which he fussed until 2.10am) and another at 3.30am (just when I managed to doze into deep sleep!). He usually gives me a 3-hour window in between, so I’m not sure what got into him yesterday.

Yes, headaches are unavoidable, so I need to make sure I am prepared for it. There are herbal tea sachets in my medicine cupboard, vitamin C and my last resort, the aspirin. Thankfully, I did not have the need to resort to drugs yet, but it gives me a peace of mind to know that I have something to turn to should the need arise. As a breastfeeding mother, not all drugs are suitable  for me, so I made sure I read up the internet for more information. Of course, the best medicine is sleep! I’m not sure if it works, but I keep telling my boy every night to sleep longer hours just before he goes to bed. I hope sooner or later, he gets the message. LOL!

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Char Siew Pau

Getting back to that occasional motivational boost, Saucer brought us to the local Chinese restaurant the other day for yum cha. It was our first time at Winston Gardens, and we were glad that the place was child-friendly. There were many other tables with a pram or a high seat next to them, so we felt totally at ease. As with all the yum cha places, we always stuck to our standard orders of Har Gau (prawn dumpling) and Siew Mai (pork dumpling). The Har Gau here was generously sized, but I thought the skin was a tad too thick and slightly soggy. In fact, 3 out of the 4 pieces broke their skin when we lifted them out with chopsticks.

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Har Gau / Prawn dumplings 

The Siew Mai fared better in terms of its taste and texture. Even though it’s generally a pork dumpling, there were pieces of shrimp within, giving them a nice succulent crunch in the midst of the meaty pork.

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Siew Mai / Pork dumpling 

Sauce always yearned for Lor Mai Kai in Sydney, but there doesn’t seem to be any shop serving those. The closest we can get here is Hor Yip Fan or Lotus Leaf Rice, which is essentially glutinous/sticky rice flavored with chicken and pork, then wrapped with lotus leaf. The drawback with this dish is that each serving comes with 3 pieces. Since they are made from glutinous rice, each piece is really quite filling. Having to eat 3 of them between the 2 of us filled up most of our tummy space! The good thing though, was that Winston Gardens’ version seemed to have a lot more fillings inside – with pork ribs, egg yolk and lap cheong (Chinese sausage) as well!

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Hor Yip Fan / Lotus Leaf Sticky Rice

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Generous amount of filling inside

Another mainstay in our yum cha orders is the Char Siew Pao, or BBQ Pork Bun. What differentiates the Char Siew Pao in Sydney to the ones in Malaysia is the filling. I noticed that more often than not, the pork used in Sydney is lean, with minimal traces of fat, whereas the ones we had in Malaysia usually had a mixture of lean and fatty pork meat, which I actually prefer. :)

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Char Siew Pao / BBQ Pork Bun

After savory dishes, we chose some sweet ones to end our meal. I was happy to find that they had Po Lo Pau here! The first time I had Po Lo Pau was in Hong Kong, and I could not forget how good it tasted. I had never been able to find anything similar in Malaysia then, but the one here was not bad. It’s still far from my favorite at Kam Wah Cafe, but it’s good enough to satisfy that occasional craving. The crust was crumbly and buttery, while the bun was soft and fluffy. The inside was filled with custard instead of the butter version from Hong Kong, so it’s slightly sweet in the middle. I wouldn’t mind going back for these!

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Po Lo Pau with Custard filling

Last but not least, I had to order the Egg Tarts when I saw them piping hot on the tray. The pastry was flaky and light, and the custard smooth and wobbly. I liked that they came in mini sizes so we could still chomp them down on a full tummy.

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Egg Tarts

One thing with dining with a baby is that we now do things that much faster. We shop for groceries in a jiffy, we walk faster and we also eat faster – all to be done before the baby wakes up. So even though we had a speedy brunch, it was thankfully a good and filling one. And we managed to have a peaceful one without much fuss. :) The meal cost us about AUD$40 including Chinese tea.

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Winston Gardens Yum Cha

Winston Gardens Chinese Restaurant
Shop 1 Winston Hills Mall,
180 Caroline Chisholm Drive,
Winston Hills 2153
NSW Australia.
Tel No.: (02) 9624 6425
Opening Hours: Daily (11am – 3pm) , Sunday – Thursday (5pm – 10pm) , Friday & Saturday (5pm -11pm)
Website: www.winstongarden.com.au

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Comments

  1. says

    haha, now that you are “whinning” your boy is tying you up but maybe 20 years later you will want her to get less tied up with his gf and spend more time with you, hehe.. just joking.. anyway, nice dimsum and you reminded me for how long i have not had dimsum already.. drooling at that rice and char siew pao~~ :p..

  2. says

    the siu mai looks nice and fresh! and ya, i guess when your child is a few years older, it’ll be fun to take him out to these places and introduce him to your favorite types of food too, including dim sum! :D

  3. says

    What dish should I bring to Rasa Malaysia? Bee suggested char siew (Chinese barbecued pork) but since I made char siew before, we settled on char siew bao/char siu bao (steamed bun with char siew filling). Char Siew Bao/Char Siu Bao is one of the signature dishes in dim sum restaurants around the world. This irresistible little steamed bun is soft and fluffy, filled with slightly sweetened char siew.

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