I happened to wander into this small slightly uninviting location not by chance. A foodie friend recommended I visit this understated gem to try the freshest gyoza.
Mr Fei Gao and his wife moved to Ballina five years ago after moving from China to Melbourne in 2008.
Dumplings are the thing here, all handmade from the noodle pastry to the filling; nothing artificial and everything fresh. In fact I gleaned this much when Mr Gao joined the end of my table and started to hand-make the gyoza dumplings right there in front of me.
The last time I saw such rustic dedication was in a Japanese eatery in Newtown, Sydney, where the elderly grandparents prepared gyoza in the front of the restaurant.
Mr Gao, in China, was a chef specialising in ‘Yang Nourishment Nutrition’ he told me, meaning he was into the healthy energy he could put into food.
When in Ballina, try one of Mr Gao’s made-to-order plates of gyoza, or steamed wontons the varieties of which are daily black-boarded.
Dumpling Yum Cha
Eat in / Take Out
11am to 2pm Mon – Fri
5.30pm to 8.30pm Wed – Fri
26 Cherry Street Ballina