A Vietnamese feast at Mai Kitchen

Don’t you hate it when you get that feeling when you just want some tasty, hearty food but can’t be bothered cooking and then you just end up eating something that’s really not good for you…lets not name names!…..It happens to me all the time. But guess what! It doesn’t need to happen anymore because I want to share with you a delicious new Vietnamese restaurant that has opened its doors in Adelaide….Mai Kitchen.

Mai Kitchen and Lee from Adelaide Food Central invited a group of us bloggers to have a taste of their delicious offerings and delicious it was! We ordered a range of entrees, mains, desserts and drinks. I had Hanoi spring rolls, sizzling chilli chicken, fried rice, banana fritters and a refreshing coconut juice. I have to say I loved it all, everything just tasted so authentic and they weren’t stingy on the serving size either, in fact they were actually too big, which meant we got to take doggy bags home! Something that also needs to be mentioned is that they have a dedicated vegan menu, I love when menu’s are all-inclusive.

My favourite dish of the evening was the Hanoi spring rolls (see below). The different textures and flavours of this dish were just heaven…crunchy coat, mince filling, wrapped in crisp lettuce, and showered in the famous Vietnamese dressing…yum! I’ve been craving it ever since!

Not only was the food delicious but the service was great as well, everyone had a smile on their face which I really appreciated, and the owner mentioned to me that “the customer is his boss”…isn’t that just lovely!

Mai Kitchen

Chef Dong Chinese Restaurant

Chinese food is one of my favourite types of food, so I was excited to receive a very special invitation to try Chef Dong’s new restaurant, named after himself; ‘Chef Dong’.

Chef Dong is the owner of the extremely well known Fortuna Court Restaurant located in Norwood. With the success of Fortuna Court, Chef Dong has opened the doors to his new restaurant located in St Peters, Adelaide, just 2 months ago and it already seems to be hit. Nestled in amongst a row of shops, you would never know this beautiful, spacious, authentic restaurant exists, but once you’ve tasted the food, it will be your go-to Chinese restaurant.

  

Chef Dong himself prepared a special range of dishes for me to taste, starting with entreés, as you’ll see below we were treated to steamed pork buns, chicken dim-sims and dumplings. Each dish was delicious in its own right, perfectly seasoned and full off flavour. Chef Dong explained that they make everything by hand, from scratch, down to the dim-sim wrap and the steamers used have been custom made to ensure they maintain impeccable hygiene standards by incorporating a plastic guard around the edges. These are the details that we wouldn’t really think about when deciding where to go to have to Chinese food, so it’s really nice that Chef Dong has thought about these things for us.

Next came out this very interesting dish, it may look like just any normal chicken salad, but once you dig into it, you will come across clear, jelly like strands, can you guess what it might be?

It’s jelly fish! yes jelly fish, I was slightly nervous to try it, but it actually didn’t have any weird flavour to it, it was more of a refreshing addition, with a crunchy texture.

Then came the main course….yes all of these dishes! We were treated to Fried Rice, Scallops with Vermicelli Noodles and Soya Bean Paste, Tea Smoked Pork ribs, and Roast Duck. My favourite was surprisingly the scallops. I’ve never had anything like that before but it was really tasty, they were slightly spicy but not so spicy that they would burn your tongue. I can’t say enough that everything was just full off flavour and the serving sizes were very large.

 

I had such a lovely experience at Chef Dong’s, it’s a great restaurant for having family dinners, business meeting or just general catch up’s with friends. They are open for lunch from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm till late.

Chef Dong has 26 years of experience working in the industry and understands the importance of treating his guests well, he is happy to take special requests from guests and will change a dish up if needed. Chef Dong’s has already had special guests, including  Member of the Legislative Council; Honourable Jing Lee and well known chef Cheong liew, who had great things to say about Chef Dong.

 Below are some image of their extremely large table, perfect for large gatherings, and they also have two separate dining rooms, for special functions. The also have a window which looks into the kitchen, so guests can see their food being made as it happens! Something I must also mention is that Chef Dong’s is open every single day of the year!

Chef Dong