Bei Jing Dumpling

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting at the bus-stop near the corner of Cleveland and Crown Streets (Surry Hills) and a Chinese guy came up to me, asking for directions. He showed me a piece of paper with the address “432 Cleveland Street” written on it. As I don’t speak Chinese and his English was limited, it was a case of “look, point and direct”. Not all the houses/buildings in this area are numbered, so it took a moment or two to identify 432 as a small local restaurant called “Bei Jing Dumpling”.

I’d been there only once, not long after it opened, and to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed. I thought the food was OK, and I was actually the only person dining there.

But after helping that man the other week, I’ve wondered if it was worth revisiting. That someone was travelling with a piece of paper with only an address, made me think there may have been something more special about the place that I hadn’t previously considered. And so late this afternoon/evening I did.

Arriving late afternoon there were only a handful of people. But by the time I left (45 minutes later) the place was packed. I had dumplings with pork and cabbage, and they were excellent. Freshly made. On top of that, the staff seemed very friendly. I was the only non-Asian person eating there, so it looks like the hipsters of Surry Hills haven’t discovered it yet.

  1. Never mind that you probably assisted an illegal worker. Sadly, where we be without them? Dumpling free, perhaps.

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