Mr Wong, Sydney

With no dinner plans for the night, we walked over to try our luck at Mr Wong for a late dinner. Since it was already 9.30pm, we thought there could be chance of getting a table during off-peak hour. Turned out there was a wait list so we left our name on it and were told to return in about 1 hour’s time.

By 10.30pm, we finally got our table. Ordered the Steamed dim sum platter (8 pieces) as starters. The siew mai was topped with scallops and prawn dumpling topped with some caviar – avruga(?). Decent Chinese food though not exactly wow-ing.

For main we wanted to order their signature Chinese Roast Duck…touted to be best in Sydney… but they ran out of it. So we went with Honey glazed Kurobuta “char-siu” pork instead. The pork seems to be prepared using sous-vide before lightly grilling the surface? No doubt it was juicy and tender, but the aromatic char flavour was missing. Perhaps they are more health conscious and avoided food preparation that may be carcinogenic…

Our favourite dish was the Wok Fried Pippies with XO Sauce. We were scratching our heads on what are Pippies and had to google about it. It doesn’t help that the Chinese character listed on the menu wrote 岘. The only 岘 I know of is 岘港 (Da Nang – a city in Vietnam). Turned out that Pippies are actually what we know as Lala (in Malaysia and Singapore) which is a type of clams.

Although the XO sauce was not what we were used to eating (not the Hong Kong style), the sweet and spicy gravy laden with loads of chopped spring onions and coriander was decently similar to Tze Char dishes found back in Singapore.

While the quality of food here is pretty good, ultimately I felt that this is a Chinese place more for the non-Chinese… If not for the late hour, I would probably go to the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, foregoing the sophisticated ambience for more pragmatic comfort food.

Earlier Photos Taken:

Although the drive from Hunter Valley to Sydney is only about 2.5 hours, we took the opportunity to detour and made some extra stops along the way. One of which is Palm Beach – a suburb in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney.  We took a short hike up towards the Barrenjoey Lighthouse. There are two routes to the top: the more gentle and well-paved Access Trail or the shorter, but steeper and more rocky, Smugglers Track. It takes about 1 hour for the total return walk.

Next we stopped by the Sydney Harbour National Park for the city skyline view. This viewing spot is extremely accessible as there are parking lots right at this area. You can just park your car to enjoy this spectacular view. It was nice that there was a cruise ship making a turn at the bay.

Edging into the city area, we made stops at Milson Point and Blues Point Reserve respectively. This was the first time I ever shot Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from across the shore.

My last stop before crossing into the CBD area was at Balls Head Reserve. This spot offers an unconventional view of Sydney with a great foreground.

With that many stops along the way, it took us about 10 hours after leaving Hunter Valley before checking in to our hotel in Sydney.  It was a great way to explore the various suburbs of Sydney.

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