Many Sydneysiders were shocked when it was announced iconic Harbour City eatery Golden Century – home to many a late night feed and all day yum cha, announced last year it would be closing its doors as a heavyweight victim of onerous lockdown laws. But the legacy lives on in The Century.
Located in The Star Casino in Pyrmont, The Century is the younger sibling of the famous and now-closed Golden Century restaurant in Chinatown.
The Century‘s menu captures the essence of the original Golden Century in Sydney’s Chinatown featuring iconic and authentic Cantonese dishes, and of course, its live seafood tanks. But it was a simple lunch, and we ordered some dimsum and their famous roasts.
精裝珍珠雞 Sticky Rice w/ Conpoy & Abalone in Lotus Leaf
I have a high standard for this sticky rice dish.
It was quite loosely packed, and the filling was rather tasteless even though it had very generous amount of conpoy and bits of abalone.
Roast duck 明爐燒鴨 with BBQ pork 蜜汁叉燒
Roasted duck with glistening crispy skin was the perfect centrepiece to any Cantonese banquet. The crispy skin and tender meat were a harmonious balance in textures and flavours. The BBQ pork was a bit dry though.
帶子蝦肉燒賣 Scallop & Prawn Siu Mai
These delicate siu mai were the perfect combination of tender scallops, succulent prawns, and condiments that included MSG. And don’t tell me MSG is bad – they are the cornerstone of Chinese cooking if you ask me.
Lean pork and century egg porridge 皮蛋瘦肉粥
The lean pork and century egg porridge was made with salted pork, which was quite unusual. And it was salted egg instead of century egg. Not sure why it was that.
And as a “dessert”, there’s the complementary plate of fruits. It’s so old school, something I had not seen for a long time, a plate of sliced orange.
And finally, the quintessential fortune cookie. Many thought that fortune cookie was a Chinese idea, but it was actually Japanese in origin. But since it was often given as a sweet ending to a Chinese meal in the US and the largest manufacturer for this cultural icon was Chinese, it was mistaken to be a Chinese thing.
Service was good, the food needed an upgrade, but it needed another visit to try if the seafood banquet still holds up to the golden days of yesterday.
The Century by Golden Century 金唐薈
The Star Sydney 80 Pyrmont Street Entry via, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Tel : +61 2 9566 2328
Visited Jul 2023
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