If you are a regular reader, you will know that I love love love Sunnybank for its cheap and vast array of amazing Asian delights. I have been busy eating my way around Market Square, Sunnybank Plaza and surrounding areas to provide a ‘go-to-guide’ for you all, though when I went to Little Red Dumpling the other night I felt it needed a post of its own!
Little Red Dumpling is situated in Pinelands Shopping Centre, and like a lot of the surrounding restaurants, its very small and very busy. When I mentioned to Karis that I was keen to check it out she instantly recalled a time she went there and also enjoyed herself.
After a small debacle of finding a car park (my pro tip: always plan ahead when parking in Sunnybank), and walking in the freezing cold windy weather, we were greeted by the friendliest of hosts and directed straight to a table. The drinks menu was 10 times the size of the food menu, so we spent more time wondering which jam jar concoction we would have with our dinner. Note: there are far more drinks on the actual menu than the website menu! I settled for a Cinderella jar, which was a citrus and soda water mixture. My friend had a lychee spritzer. Both were really simple, but tasty, though we could have done with them before our spicy ribs arrived – the lack of drink left my non-spicy-food-tolerating companion flailing her arms about trying to deal with the chilli. Nonetheless, it was hilarious, and she got her drink soon enough.
What did we eat?
We had the best lamb ribs I have ever tasted – it was advertised as lamb and cumin (classically awesome combination). The lamb was succulent and fell off the bone, it was a dry spice rub added to the meat after cooking, so it was full of flavour, but unfortunately for my friend, after eating so much (and loving it) it had the lagged spicy affect, (see above for her reaction).
We also had vegetarian spring rolls, which were perfect- no complaints there. Pan-fried pork dumplings which were just as tasty, and as good as the ones I had earlier this year in Hong Kong (I’m working on that blog post- bear with me!).
Lastly, one of my favourite things ever – xiao long bao, which is a soup dumpling. If you have never tried these before, hit me up for some recommendations to go for the best in Brisbane because you NEED these dumplings in your life. They are a bit tricky to eat as you have to be careful picking them up to extract the soup before eating the dumpling. Sometimes, restaurants even have instructions on how to eat them! These xiao long bao were great, but I wish they were served with dipping sauce.
The best part of all this? It cost us $40 and we were both full!
Little Red Dumpling
Shop 19, Pinelands Plaza
663 Beenleigh Rd, Sunnybank Hills
Where is your favourite dumpling place? Do you have a favourite dumpling like me?