Thursday, 7 April 2016

Espresso and Matcha's Foodie Odyessy - Sydney - Day 3 Brunch : Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet

We woke up somewhat later on day 3, with Queen V deciding that we ought to get a more traditional Asian style breakfast. With this in mind, we headed down to Chinatown to assess our options. 

With the number of people heading into Mother Chu's we considered it to be a relatively safe bet.

Considering the shop front was quite small, the seating was extensive, and considering the fact most of the other patrons were carrying quite bulky luggage, it appears to be popular with the tourists.

The menu was very extensive, and I found it very interesting that the waitresses took your order and your money at the table before bring out food. I suppose counter service would be a bit less confusing than having them walk and bring you change again.

Queen V opted for the cold unsweetened soy milk, which she enjoyed. It proved to be quite a simple yet refreshing way to start the day.

I ordered a hot coffee to start the day, and whilst it wasn't cafe quality, it did the trick, and I wasn't expecting much, so it was quite decent.

She also had the beef pie, which was not the regular type of Australian Meat Pie, but more Chinese style. It had dough akin to a cross between a bun and a dumpling, and was filled with seasoned beef and then deep fried. It was a very hearty way to begin the day.

We also shared some pan fried pork dumplings which Queen V was really keen on. Whilst the portions were generous, the skins, despite being crispy, were thick, and the dumplings tended to stick to each other and quite a number of skins had broken, and so there was very little (if any) meat juices left in the dumplings.

With their assurance of daily made bread sticks, I was very keen to order a serve. It turned out to be freshly fried, crispy on the outside and elastic on the inside, and probably the most authentic bread sticks I've had in Australia.

The other thing I had was the pork intestine noodles in soup. Whilst this doesn't seem like much of a breakfast meal, it was very homey and reminded me much of my time travelling Taiwan. I found these to be very delicious and strongly seasoned. I would have liked more garlic in the dish, but the noodles were soft, and the soup was very delectable.

Price Range: $10 - $20pp

Taste: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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