I don’t often go out for Chinese food, it’s not that I don’t like it. I do crave it all the time, there are so many things I miss. It’s just a lot of places don’t hit the mark so I rarely bother anymore. There are those who think Chinese cuisine is boring. I suppose I can see their point with the options that are available. Yet every now and then it’s late and the rest of the restaurant industry has closed their kitchens. You will find all these Chinese restaurants still open till midnight and beyond to satisfy your late night hunger with piping hot food that provide salty rewards. Kingdom Chinese Restaurant sits across from the Central Market on Gouger Street. While it doesn’t quite open till midnight, it’s open late enough for us to get a feed.
I always order something spicy, it’s in my genes so a dish of Szechuan Chilli Chicken was in order. Succulent and juicy pieces of chicken battered and deep fried before being tossed with some dried chillies, Szechuan peppers, onions and seasoning to make for a salty, moreish, spicy dish. The sort you would keep going back for more. This was actually pretty good.
I don’t like long beans but I like snake beans, the sort they serve at Chinese restaurants. It’s not so squeaky and has a much better texture to me. Since I don’t cook that much at home, we order when we go out. You can hardly say it’s a healthy vegetable option though because it’s almost always flash fried first before being tossed in sauce of choosing. Delicious as it may be you’re left with a film of grease on your lips. Oh well, in moderation.
Mr Foodie always has to go for something salt and pepper, always. The joys of deep fried food. We ordered some Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs which turned out to be quite good. Well seasoned, the pork ribs were tender with a nice crunch on the outside. The best thing was all the dishes were hot, like it was served straight out of the wok. I won’t name and shame but there’s a place where every time I go there (not of my choosing) the dishes are cold. Almost like the popular dishes have been pre-cooked and they couldn’t even be bothered to warm it up properly. It’s an incredibly popular place and I honestly don’t know why, the food is really really average. Although, there’s practically no Asians dining in there. But, to avoid going through rings of fire a minority (even though I’m of Chinese descent) keeps her mouth shut. Pick your battles right?
Overall what we had at Kingdom Chinese Restaurant was decent, I may go back. Ba Guo Bu Yi is probably still my favourite Chinese restaurant in Adelaide for now.
Kingdom Chinese Restaurant
31 Gouger Street
08 8123 6498