In the sadness of Landsdown Mall's abandoned food court (well at least until the indoor dining ban ended) is a warren of dumpling making activity know and R and H Chinese Food. We have meant to for a long time sample their renowned bao and other tasty house-made noodles.
R and H Chinese Food
Of course, there was a lineup but the lineup moved quickly. While two women worked wordlessly and tirelessly rolling out and stuffing dumplings, two young fellows took orders, cooked, and filled said orders. This was a few short weeks ago now and there was no dining permitted in the food courts so we got our goodies to go.
First up was their famous Xia Long Bao (am I pronouncing that correctly?). As expected they made us very happy. The wrapper was thin but still nicely chewy and yet somehow also survived the trip home. The filling was porky and the soup just fine. They are one of the very good producers of these dumplings.
I was intrigued by the notion of Millet Congee and since it was offered in a combination with pork dumplings we decided to try this. The dumplings were great of course. The congee was comforting and warm but not bursting with flavour (nor did we expect it to be). It reminded me of my oatmeal days. Just a plain warm dish, really not unlike plain rice congee, that makes you feel relaxed and cared for.
As we stood in line, we watched the dumpling ladies working away, rolling dough, filling it, folding and pinching. It turned out they were making pork and chive dumplings. Needless to say, we had to order some. Again, pretty tasty.
Of course, R and H does more than just dumplings. We also enjoyed a Chinese Burger. This one was beef and really good. The beef was tender and served on a nice bun which soaked up the beefy flavour.
Now that dining has opened up, you can enjoy your dumplings etc in the Landsdowne Mall food court seating area. This place has been here for a long time and we hope that it will continue a long time. It gives shoppers a better choice than the typical mall fast food which should definitely be given a miss. R and H is one of those places that is nearing legendary status.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 3 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5 (when the dining area is open)
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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