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Fish in Chinese culture at Parramatta
12th January 2016
All about yum cha at Parramatta Phoenix Chinese Restaurant

Do you know how many types of dumplings are there in Chinese cuisine? They vary in shapes and sizes as well as cooking methods.

Chinese dumplings can be classified by a number of different categories. For example, pure wheat flour dough versus rice flour dough or tapioca starch. In this article, we are going to describe some dumplings that we serve here at the best Chinese restaurant, Parramatta Phoenix.

Boiled dumplings are the most common dumplings with fillings such as vegetable and pork, wrapped with wheat-based skin. Steamed dumplings are more delicate than boiled ones, as the skin is thinner.

The fillings range from pork and chives, to shrimp, cabbage, or any number of vegetables. “Har Gow” means steamed prawn dumpling. The wheat starch skin with tapioca gives it extra stretchiness and translucency. “Haam Sui Gok” is deep fried dumplings made from glutinous rice dough.

The skin is a little sweet and its crispy, but the fillings inside are usually salted. Commonly fillings include pork, mushroom with little dried shrimps. XLB, “xiao long bao” – the all-time favourite! It’s the type of steamed dumplings with gelatin-rich pork or crab and consists savoury broth inside the thin skin. “Sui Mai” is the open-topped steamed pork and/or shrimp dumplings that is often topped with fish roe or grated carrot.

“Wu Gok” is the fried taro dumplings. It is crispy on the outside, with taro fillings and pork fillings in the middle of the taro fillings. Are you feeling hungry now? It is yum cha time at Parramatta Phoenix!

5th January 2016
Chinese chopsticks etiquette at Parramatta Phoenix

Chopsticks were called “Zhu” back in the ancient days and ancestors invented them because it was tricky for them to use spoons to dip vegetables in the soup.

One of the most luxurious chopsticks that were ever made was during the Shang Dynasty as the king ordered his craftsmen to make chopsticks from elephants’ teeth.

Another random fact, chopsticks were invented way longer before kung fu was. So if you know what is kung fu, you should probably know how to use chopsticks properly too. Chopsticks should never stand upright in your bowl, as it is a gesture used to pay respect to deceased family members. Therefore, always place your chopsticks back on the chopsticks holder whenever not in use.

We totally understand how tempting it is to use your chopsticks as drumsticks, hitting around on the plates, bowls and cups. We guess almost all of us tried it when we were young but it actually considered bad manners to make noise with the chopsticks. Chopsticks are not easy utensils to use, so some people tend to use it as a spear by stabbing the piece of food that you have been fighting with your chopsticks.

Next time when you watch one of those movies by Jackie Chan, take note, even when he fights using chopsticks, it never go through the food but only around it. To signal that you are done with your meal, simply put your chopsticks across your bowl. I believe there are more chopsticks etiquette out there but let’s start with some basics first!