Some readers have pointed out that I don't really eat too much Chinese food when I'm out. My response is always "why would I eat Chinese food out when I can have it at home every single night". Alas, Adam is not one who shares such good fortune as me, so when he said he was craving Chinese, we went to get ourselves a fix at Peng You in Skyring Terrace, Newstead, a quick 30 min walk from his house.
The food and drink menu were both extensive. Luckily for him, I knew exactly what to order, and all he had to do was sit back and wait for the food to arrive.
Starting off with cocktails, I had the Sakura and he the Ferrero (because it was the sweetest one). Mine was refreshing, his was creamy and I really enjoyed munching on the lychee whilst deciding on food.
The one thing he was craving more than anything else was Peking Duck. Given that there were only two of us eating, I thought that the half size portion with 8 pieces was ample for us to share. For $40 it wasn't too cheap, but the taste was authentic, the duck crispy and not too fatty with a bit of meat under the skin. The pancakes didn't taste too fresh, but were at least quite soft.
After his favourite poultry comes mine. The salt and pepper quail was freshly fried, slightly small but the taste was definitely like home. Bonus points for achieving a crispy skin whilst retaining the moist flesh.
As he was so happy to be eating Chinese for once, he decided on a second round of drinks. I had the fruity and citrusy Singapore Sling, whereas he had yet another Fererro (because chocolate).
Another family favourite of mine is steamed fish. We had the steamed whole baby barramundi with soy, ginger, and shallots. The barramundi was fatty and soft with a silky smooth meat texture. Accompanied with the sweet soy and condiments, this wouldn't be far off from other places at Sunnybank.
Rounding off our savoury dishes, we had the stir fried black pepper beef with snow peas. Although the beef was definitely tenderised via alternate means, it was stir fried to have a lightly crisp outer shell which was garnished with cracked pepper. Juices from the beef soaked into the peas and corn to give it all the more flavour. Adam really enjoyed this dish.
Whilst I was done with my meal, he couldn't leave without dessert, so he had the tempura banana fritters. The batter was a little thicker than he would have liked, but the bananas were soft and ripe. Coupled with ice cream for some contrast in temperatures, it was a satisfying conclusion to our meal.
Price Range: $70 - $90pp