The chilli wontons are also brilliant with a plump pork filling and just the right amount of spicy sauce. However, the restaurant’s pan fried dumplings ($13.20) were not up to scratch with a doughy skin and a complete absence of the crisp bottom you expect when you hear the words “pan fried”.
|XLB goodness at Hutong|
Still, I was won over by the sticky and sweet pork spare ribs ($22.80) laced with honey and pepper $22.80.
|Chilli won tons at Hutong|
Probably my favourite dish the steaming hot pot filled with a pungent, rich broth and slithers of braised beef brisket and dumplings ($22.80).
|The beef brisket and dumpling hot pot at Hutong|
We had a big family dinner at Hutong to celebrate my cousin Elise visiting from the UK and it is the perfect restaurant for groups with all the dishes great for sharing. Being able to bring your own wine to Hutong (for $4.50 corkage per person) also brings the cost down. Just remember to book in advance as Hutong is very popular.
Details: Hutong Dumpling Bar, 14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne City (Ph 03 9650 8128)
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve. Our bill came to $38 each and we ordered way too much food.