I don't know quite where The _Old _Dong Dong Noodles went but a visit to Dong Dong Noodles at Kingsford reveals a block packed with options and a brightly neon sign and an equally brightly lit new looking eatery packed with people. We're greeted with a delicious looking window full of BBQ duck and pork-or a vegetarian's worst nightmare. My Mother in law, a lifelong vegetarian, with parents that were vegetarian could not believe that they would string ducks up like that in an attempt to appeal the food to people. And I've yet to describe the idea of carving up a Peking Duck at the table to her, I think she would probably faint at seeing that.
It's surprisingly larger than you'd think with a back room as well as the front room. we're seated in the back room and given our large 210 item menus. My husband can't help but comment that Gordon Ramsay would probably tell them to cut down their menu size. I'm dithering as I want to try some BBQ Duck but I want to try some tomato rice and some wonton soup. A closer look at the menu reveals many of the dishes, especially the noodle soup dishes are overlapped so that we actually found wonton noodle soup with BBQ Duck ($8) as well as a myriad of combinations. We also order a bowl of West Lake Shredded Beef souop ($4.50) and a plate of Roast Chicken Tomato rice ($6.80 plus 80c for tomato or "red" rice instead of plain rice).
Roast Chicken Tomato rice ($7.60 or $6.80 with plain rice)
And like we've been warned, the food comes out furiously fast. Before we know it, an enormous heaping plate of hot tomato rice with a huge sliced up quarter of chicken arrives. We can't quite believe the size of it and dig in hungrily. The rice is delicious, better than fried rice and light on the tomato but full on flavour with fried egg threaded throughout. The chicken, with accompanying garlic vinegar sauce is beautifully crispy and soft and in parts falls off the bone. It very good and I would order this again in a second.
West Lake Shredded Beef Soup $4.50
The West Lake Shredded Beef Soup arrives steaming hot, a egg flower soup with thick beef slices. It has an unusual taste, perhaps from vinegar but is still a little bland. I am not a big fan of this and neither is my husband.
Wonton Noodle soup with BBQ Duck ($8)
Our last dish, the Wonton noodle soup with BBQ Duck ($8) arrives looking as picture perfect as I've ever seen a noodle soup with the 5 perfectly plump won tons lined up the the side and the fanned our roast duck facing them. It looks too perfect to dig into. But of course we do. The wontons are very flavoursome with fatty pork (some bits of pork and a bit too fatty) but they're fat and plump and dotted with spring onion. The roast duck, a lot of it submerged which is a pity as it loses the lovely crispness, is good and plentiful and the bok choy and a generous serve of egg noodles are sitting underneath submerged in the mild broth.
My husband, a big eater who never leaves food on a plate can't finish the food it's so huge. And with this, I know we'll be back, at his insistence.
The New Dong Dong Noodles at Kingsford
428 Anzac Parade Kingsford NSW 2032
Tel: +61 (02) 9662 1877
Open: 7 days 11:00am-22.45pm