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White & Wong’s

Viaduct Basin – Auckland

This Asian fusion restaurant is my new favourite! Prices can be on the high side if you compare it to traditional Asian restaurants, however you just cannot beat the food quality and service you can get here.

My friends and I came here for lunch during the week and the place got packed pretty fast. Suggest booking in advance if you don’t want any disappointment (lucky we did!). We were greeted at the door by a friendly, smiling waitress and was then directed to our table. She kindly asked if it was our first visit and then explained that dishes are made to share, hence they won’t come out at the same time. We ordered guo bao (steamed buns with fillings) pork belly and guo bao chicken, prawn dumplings, papaya salad (spicy), chicken xiao long bao (dumplings with soup) and fried rice. All of which were delicious and the portion size was just right. Traditionally xiao long baos are made with pork but I love it that they do them with chicken here, as they were just as delicious! The papaya salad was spicy and refreshing too. The guo baos were also nice and soft where the chicken karaage filling was tender and tasty, topped with wasabi mayo and pickles (kinda like a burger but Asian style). The pork belly filling on the other hand simply melts in the mouth. Service here was fast, friendly and professional. Great food/service combination, what more can you ask for?

The restaurant also has some authentic decor such as an open kitchen with glass windows where you can see the chefs, and also the typical but “not-for-the-faint-hearted” roast duck and crispy pork on display, hanging up by the windows. They also do yum cha on Saturdays and Sundays and the menu is the same for dinner and it has a variety of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese options. We already plan to go back for dinner so we can try more dishes!

(because nobody is perfect)

 

Wong Girl

 

4 thoughts on “White & Wong’s

  1. Hi Wong girl, do you have any recommendations for good takeaway dumplings south of Mt Wellington in Auckland?

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for the visit. To be honest the best and most authentic dumpling place I have ever been to in Auckland is in Balmoral/Mt Eden. You may have heard of it if you’ve been in Auckland for a while. It’s called Barilla Dumplings, on 571 Dominion Road. They had a refurb last year so the place is brighter and is cleaner (haha). You can choose whether you want the dumplings pan fried or steamed, and their menu also has a variety of other traditional rice/noodle dishes. They have LOTS of dumplings to choose from so there is bound to be one type you and your family might like. And you get 20 for $12. Delicious too. What more can you ask for? Check out their menu here. https://www.zomato.com/auckland/barilla-dumpling-balmoral/menu

      1. Cheers WG didn’t realise they sold frozen ones! Just noticed on the menu. Might be the solution to getting to eat them at home before they get cold.

        1. Yes they do! Getting frozen ones might be one of the ways. You can use Knorrs or Lee Kum Kee chicken stock or powder if you want dumplings in soup (buy from Chinese grocery stores). Then add a bit of ginger, light soy sauce and chilli oil to give it that oriental taste.

          If you prefer them pan fried defrost then put them in a pan with oil, pour just enough water to cover bottom of the dumplings. Cover the pan and let the steam do the cooking. The trick is to get the right amount of water in so that when it evaporates completely the dumplings are cooked with a slightly burnt bottom. Serve with soy sauce, vinegar, sesame and chilli oil.

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