Ever since my church moved to Malaga mid last year, I have been able to explore surrounding restaurants in the northern suburbs more frequently. I had since discovered a concentrated population of Vietnamese restaurants in suburbs such as Girrawheen, including shops that sell the beloved Bahn Mi and fresh sugar cane drink, and also the markets/restaurants at the Coventry in Morley.
Another discovery I’d made is dimsum in the ‘burbs, in particular three Chinese restaurants serving dimsum that are located in close proximity to one another in Morley, being the Silver Seas Chinese Garden, Joyful Chinese Restaurant and Wang’s Treasure House. I have managed to sample all three just to see how good they are. For a review of the Silver Seas Chinese Garden, click here. A review of Wang’s Treasure House will be coming soon :)
Joyful Chinese Restaurant is located on Progress Street in Morley, close to the Galleria Shopping Centre and the Coventry Markets. Ample free parking is available which is a good change to finding parking in Northbridge (paid parking as well I might add). It is a small restaurant in comparison so waiting for a table is unavoidable, more so when it is dimsum hour! The restaurant was full on the Sunday we were there but we didn’t have to wait long before being seated.
Service in Joyful Chinese Restaurant was quite good, the staff was friendly and prompt, and very accommodating to our numerous requests especially for the hot water to be topped up without making a face. [Hands up who had experienced a grumpy staff making a face at you when you ask for things – very off putting to say the least!]
Here are a few dishes we had, there were: Beancurd Roll / BBQ Pork Buns / Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab / Xiao Long Bao / Egg Tarts / Seaweed Roll / Prawn Dumplings / Pork Dumplings
My favorite for the day is the Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab, can’t go past the crunchy goodness! The crab pieces were meaty and moist and I especially like the salt and pepper seasoning on them. I also liked the Egg Tarts with the flaky pastry and the Pork Dumplings, decent sized with a soft outer case, and most importantly of all, no pork smell!
Overall I thought it was a good dimsum lunch. The only minor qualm I would have is the variety of dimsum available which is of the usual kind, there was nothing new or different to try which I always look out for. Joyful Chinese Restaurant is a convenient place for those not wanting to go into the city for dimsum!