I am forever on the hunt for good dim sum or yum cha in Adelaide. It’s actually really hard to find and before you judge me, I have some really awesome ones back home, some possibly even better than Hong Kong despite not being famous. So I suppose I have been spoilt for taste. In the past year I found Little Canton quietly tucked away on Henley Beach Road. Unsuspectingly low key with its own car park. Yes, car park, I’m talking to you CBD. Yet come 11am the crowd just suddenly appears and the tables fill up faster than you can pick your first dish off the trolley.
I should have wrote about this gem sooner but I wanted to try it a few more times, try a few more dishes. Besides, it didn’t look like they needed publicity. Those looking for good, fresh yum cha knew where to get it. The variety is there including all the classics and the flavours are good. Rather close to the tastes I miss so much and that makes me happy. Service is friendly, not abrupt or brash like it used to be at the former Eastern Garden on Greenhill Road.
I liked their Steamed Pork Ribs the most. Tender and just the right balance of flavours. Their rice rolls are silky and smooth while the prawn dumpling fresh and generously filled. Instead of diced prawns mixed with non-prawns, you will find whole prawns. That’s how it should be done. The steamed BBQ Pork Bun was nice as well, fluffy and soft without any lingering taste of yeast. The only thing I would say isn’t as good is their chicken feet, it’s fine but the sauce could be better but otherwise all the dishes were fresh and skillfully made. Kudos to the dim sum chef. It seemed they had a high turnover so nothing really stays on the trolley too long.
I often avoid the deep fried goodies but they most certainly exist and look very yummy. They also do a decent egg tart for dessert alongside mango pudding and coconut jelly although I always feel their egg tart pastry is under baked. I get if they are trying to retain the golden gooey still kind of liquid custard centre but it isn’t anyway. Special dishes like fried squid tentacles, BBQ pork, roast meats, Asian greens and crispy beef are also available. Little Canton is also a full Chinese restaurant so if you want to order normal dishes by all means go ahead. I haven’t tried that yet but intend to some time soon. I would go as far as saying Little Canton is the only place I go for yum cha now and they are known for it, available from 11am-3pm everyday.