King's Seafood Restaurant

Loved the yum cha offerings at this place. The BBQ pork pastries were crispy, warm and had a delicious filling. The chicken feet were probably the best I've had in Australia. The meat came off really easily and it was a perfect balance of salty and sweet flavours. 

I also discovered a new yum cha dish I really like...crispy rice noodle rolls accompanied by a thick nutty sauce! Another new discovery was a steamed squid dish. The squid was so tender and was braised in a very subtle sauce. I probably could have eaten 5 steamers of it to myself!

Well worth checking out King's Seafood Restaurant!

King's Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

9 hearty meals to warm you up in Canberra

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1. Spit-roast What's more warming than spit-roasted meat? The lamb souva ($16) from Wood and Coal's lunch menu comes with a massive side of the best chips in town - crunchy as anything and super hot. One of the best value Civic lunches in my opinion.

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2. BBQ Ribs

Grab some delicious ribs smothered in BBQ sauce at PJ O'Reillys in Civic - available every Saturday night. $35 for a full rack and a jug of beer or $25 for a half rack and a jug of beer. Probably the best value ribs I've had in Canberra.

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3. All you can eat BBQ

Sitting right in front of a barbeque is sure to keep you warm at Yummy Chinese BBQ in Civic. You can grill your own skewers on the awesome barbeque contraption that automatically rotates the skewers. There is also a mini hot pot and a hot and cold buffet. $35 per person for the basic buffet, $45 per person includes seafood options.

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4. All you can eat hot pot

If you prefer hot pot (also known as steam boat) over barbeque, Up To You Restaurant in Belconnen is just the spot. It is also a cheaper all-you-can-eat option at $25 per person. Their huge range and seemingly endless supply of hot pot ingredients is impressive. I've also heard their clay pot rice dishes are great too.

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5. Noodle soup

Feel like some hot soup but don't want an extravagant all-you-can-eat meal? There are some great noodle soups to warm you up. Noodle Cafe in Civic does $11 lunch specials which include a filling laksa and a flavoursome beef pho that never disappoints.

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6. Steak

Arguably, the best steak in Canberra is at Chifley's Bar and Grill in Barton. The menu dedicates a whole page to different types of steak, so you know they're serious about it. Good quality steak cooked perfectly. The meat was tender and juicy and I just loved the rich sauces that accompanied.

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7. Pasta

Pasta is the ultimate comfort food. The Loft Bar and Grill in O'Connor does pasta with elegance. Get the Lobster Risotto. You won't regret it.

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8. Curry

Possibly the best curry dish in Canberra is the Chilli jam crispy soft shell crab at Kinn Thai. It doesn't sound like a curry, but there is definitely a delicious curry at the bottom of the gigantic bowl of soft shell crab. Yum!

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9. Pizza

Pizza is another warming dish - perfect for winter! Briscola Pizzeria has a fantastic pizza recipe. The base is beautifully al dente in texture and topped with the right amount of ingredients and balanced flavours.

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What did I miss? Where are your favourite hearty meals in Canberra (or your city)? Let me know in the comments below!

Yum cha at AKIBA

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Sometimes, there's just nothing better than having yum cha on the weekend. AKIBA, a trendy Asian fusion restaurant, opened in December last year in Civic (check out my review of their non yum cha menu). And now they are doing yum cha on the weekends. This was the third week they had been running yum cha, so Linda and I decided to check it out!

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I love being able to see food on trolleys before ordering it! That way, if something doesn't look very appealing - you don't have to get it!

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On this occasion, we were seduced by the pork dumpling (shaomai) with xo sauce, the prawn wonton and the pork belly with plum and plum dressing. All dishes we tried were $10 each.

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Out of the three dishes pictured above, my favourite would have to be the deep fried pork belly. I could taste an acidic element, which cut through the richness of the meat and paired beautifully with the sweetness of the plum slices. This was the most value-for-money dish we ordered.

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The pork dumpling tasted fairly average on its own, but the xo sauce really brought it to life. I would have loved more than half a teaspoon of that sweet, salty and slightly spicy xo sauce on each dumpling. At $2.50 per dumpling, I thought it was a very pricey dish. The prawn wonton was deep fried and I could see actual prawn when I bit into it. But again, at $2.50 per wonton, I didn't think it was good value for money. The accompanying sauce was quite unusual. From memory, I think it was black sesame and garlic but it wasn't a great combination with the prawn wonton. An yuzu mayo sauce might have been a better dipping sauce.

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I know it doesn't look like much, but inside the delicate dumpling wrapper - the shiitake mushroom dumpling filling wowed us with flavour. The chilli oil and vinegar sauce was also the appropriate dipping sauce we had been waiting for all meal.

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One of my favourite things when I go to yum cha is the green tea that accompanies the food. Yum cha food can be a bit greasy, so the tea helps to take away the greasy mouthfeel. Just so you know, at AKIBA the first pot of green tea is free, but after that, it's a steep $4 per pot.

Overall, I thought the food was good, but not the most delicious yum cha I've had in Canberra. The expensive price tags didn't help either. But I loved being able to enjoy yum cha al fresco. Most yum cha restaurants can get quite noisy as patrons tend to be jammed in close. And there is also a sense of urgency when trolleys come around to grab food before the trolley wheels away. Then you often end up with tons of food on the table that goes cold before you get to it. The yum cha experience at AKIBA is much more leisurely by comparison. And the service by the attentive staff was a refreshing change to the abrupt service often found at usual yum cha establishments.

Do you prefer cheap and cheerful traditional yum cha? Or do you like a more upmarket and leisurely yum cha experience? Comment below :)

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