Until last week I had never tried congee before. I’d wanted to, I had just hadn’t gotten around to it. So when Mel (The Adventures of Miss Piggy) and Shaun (Everybody Loves Ramen) organised a congee dinner, I jumped at chance to tag along and give it a try.
We met on a weeknight at the Sun Ming BBQ Restaurant which is on Church Street, right next to Parramatta Westfields.
Hot tea was served while we took time perusing the extensive menu. Mel and I decided to share a king prawn congee and a vegetable hot pot. We also ordered a plate of soft donut-like bread sticks for dipping in the congee.
I had expected congee to be quite thick and lumpy, with a consistency similar to porridge. It’s not like that at all! It’s a light and cloudy soup that seems to take on the flavour of its key ingredients. It’s a warm and comforting dish so it must be really popular in winter. The servings are very generous, I couldn’t imagine having a whole bowl to myself.
And now the rating:
We didn’t need to book as there is plenty of seating. The food is tasty, well priced and the service is fast. This a great place for a quick meal and I would love to go back and try more of the savoury dishes. And as for dessert, I’m told the sweet toasts are amazing! It’s one happy face for me!