Family food: China Tea House’s dry-fried spicy lamb makes the world a better place

Mongolian lamb – sometimes you have to find solace in the classics. Photos: David Murtagh.

No matter what they’ve been up to in the past fortnight, Region Media’s David Murtagh is leaving the past behind and splurging for a dinner for the family. These are their stories.

Chinese food is hard to beat to satisfy everyone. It’s spectacularly diverse, even for the pickiest of eaters, and kids always seem to go through one phase or another.

But do not worry. The phases pass.

Oh, do you think your kids are well placed and love everything that is offered to them? Not so fast. It is also a phase. This too should pass.

But Chinese food has all the basics covered, so everyone should be happy enough to at least say they’re not hungry and need car service on the way home.

This means that the vegan suddenly should be happy with a plate of steamed broccoli over oyster sauce, as there is virtually no chance that real oysters were harmed to make the sauce.

Wanniassa’s China Tea House, despite its austere and almost sterile decor, and lack of tablecloths – a great idea for reducing parents’ anxiety about the mess – is almost perfect for a family that’s dying to eat. get out of the house (when we can again), if only for pickup, although they also deliver.

In less COVID-19, as you walk to your table, ask for the shrimp crackers. What kid doesn’t like shrimp crackers?

Vegan? Like oyster sauce, shrimp surely weren’t harmed in making shrimp crackers.

If you order a pickup or delivery and your order is over $ 60, they give you a bag of crackers.

China Tea House Shrimp Crackers

Shrimp crackers – sometimes need to be shared. Photo: David Murtagh.

Dad’s tip: It’s a big bag, so you’ll need at least a 10-minute drive to eat the evidence before you come home and say, “Damn, they forgot the crackers.”

But don’t worry, they won’t forget.

The staple of Chinese takeout is fried rice, so start with Tea House Fried Rice – rice with the batch. If there’s something a picky eater doesn’t like about rice, they can choose it – it’s not like Chinese restaurants are trying to hide vegetables.

In the worst case, they eat fried rice for dinner. At $ 10, including king prawns, chicken breast, and BBQ pork, it’s cheaper than some meals at Golden Arches.

Take the “W”. You did well.

After the shrimp crackers and the inevitable rice, make way for the starters.

Leave the dim sims and spring rolls to the kids – you save space. But be sure to order some sesame shrimp toast which has a satisfying crunch and a plump layer of shrimp.

If you stick with the Australian favorite Chinese orders, you’ll be comforted by beef, black beans, and Mongolian lamb. You can’t go wrong there.

Fried Rice and Honey Shrimp at China Tea House

At China Tea House, we don’t skimp on shrimp. Photo: David Murtagh.

But splurge on the honey shrimp.

Honey shrimp can be hit or miss, but rest assured, your $ 22 is well spent here. The dough is light and the honey does not drown the dish in the sickly stew of sweets that we put up with as children.

Now is the time for the main dish.

Each restaurant has its specialty. At China Tea House, it must be the dry-fried spicy lamb. At Sammy’s Kitchen and Chairman & Yip, it’s known as shantung lamb, but all three are superb. Whatever its name, wherever you find it, order it. You will be glad you did.

Everything you love about lamb is turned into 11 in this breathtaking, generously portioned dish.

There are acres of crispy skin and well-cooked succulent meat. It’s spectacular that makes your mouth water. It forces vegans to reconsider their life decisions.

Because it’s lamb, don’t think about how much fat has been turned into another irresistible bite, just be thankful she did, and another bite can’t hurt.

China Tea House Spicy Fried Lamb

If you can find it, shantung lamb (dry-fried spicy lamb) is a spectacular addition to any Chinese order. The one from China Tea House is one of the best. Photo: David Murtagh.

What if it is? Take the stairs, buy a bike, walk the dog a little longer. It’s worth it – China Tea House’s dry-fried spicy lamb makes the world a better place.

Are you feeling more adventurous? Meet yu yuang eggplant.

Let’s start with the harsh reality. It is not a pretty dish. Don’t worry about it. And normally having a vegetable in the title would mean he gets a moment, “What if we have this next time?”

Not today! Be bold! Eat a vegetable! Once a fortnight won’t hurt you.

For a family of four, you’ll get change starting at $ 100 for dinner (including cork and soft drinks) but not much.

China Tea House is not “cheap” Chinese – and while it may be located in the suburbs, it is a cut above the average for suburban Chinese.

But it’s a place you can take the kids knowing it’s busy enough to hide the occasional indiscretions. But for that $ 100, you’ll also have breakfast (probably for two) – and the only thing better than Chinese the day before is Chinese the next morning.

China Tea House Yu yuang Eggplant Dish

Eggplant yu yuang will not win a beauty contest. Photo: David Murtagh.

David’s daughter, Abi, 11, is a huge fan of China Tea House. Unfortunately, she is now also a fan of lamb.

Tea House Fried Rice is so good and it lasts from dinner to the next day making it easy and quick to take out of the fridge and reheat for breakfast.

Their pork dumplings are also amazing. When I first saw them I wasn’t so sure, but when I eat one I can’t stop.

Their Spicy Fried Lamb is great for kids who don’t mind their food being spicy but, while I don’t like spicy food, their lamb will always be my first choice.

But my favorite part comes at the end when I get the fortune cookie! And then trade with my sister because her fortune is always better than mine.

China Tea House is located at 2/38 Gartside Street, Wanniassa. Call 02 6231 1188 to place an order, and consult its website for opening hours and delivery times.

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