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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Late night dumplings at New Flavour Restaurant, Dominion Road

I often tell S how lucky we are to live in Auckland whenever we go food hunting at night. At 10pm on a Wednesday night, you are spoilt for choice if you live in Auckland. At least, our choices are not limited to Maccas, Wendy's, kebabs and greasy pies from a petrol station.

We have walked past New Flavour on numerous occasions but have only tried it's food recently. We were often put off by the crowd but that's a good sign isn't it? This place is a real gem and you can tell words had spreaded like wildfire. About 6-12 months ago, you will only see mostly Asian people on this part of Dominion Rd but of late, it's transforming into a Ponsonby / K'rd 

All the dumplings here are handmade. We saw a woman making these by hand while we were waiting for our food. The menu is extensive, you can choose from a variety of meat and vegetable combinations i.e pork  & chives, lamb & fennel,etc, steamed, boiled, fried or combination of fried and steamed. We chose steamed pork and coriander dumplings. 20 morsels of these handmade goodies for only $8 ! They were delicious. Generous amount of pork meat and not just just fats with coriander, dipped in chilli oil and vinegar. The skin of the dumplings are really good too...NOT doughy and thick like some that we have come across.

Also on the menu are chinese pancakes. They come in sweet & savoury . We chose a savoury option - spring onion pancakes. 

These were stunningly good ! Thin and crispy and not greasy at all. Every bite is so light and the best surprise is they are only $1.50 per portion. Each portion are 6 pieces, enough for 2 to snack on while waiting for the dumplings. 
We also ordered a portion of cucumber and tofu salad and it was really good too. So light and refreshing. The tofu strips are not the usual soft cubes you get in Chinese restaurants, these resembles spaghetti and tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil and some chilli oil but not overly oily at all. 

If you are craving for dumplings after this post, the address is  541 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, ph 638-6880.
Opening hours are 5pm to 3am.
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