Mother Chu’s isn’t a place you go to for service or cleanliness… The seating is crowded, but nonetheless, we ordered, and paid upfront. The food was fairly cheap, and as expected, very greasy.

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet

Passbyers can watch these starchy goodies being made from scratch by a family of women in the kitchen… rolling, kneeding, wrapping, steaming and frying.

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet - fried dumplings

Fried pork dumplings… these were absorbed in oil but had a nice crispy base. I would have preferred the dumplings pan-fried.

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet - hot and sour soup

The hot & sour soup proved to be nothing like it’s name. It wasn’t spicy nor sour.

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet - little steamed buns

Little steamed pork buns, or better known as ‘xiao long bao’. The skin was a little chewy, just the way I like it… and the inside filling was moist and juicy.

Mother Chu's Taiwanese Gourmet - fried batter wrapped in shallot pancake

One of my favourties… freshy made, shallot pancake wrapped around deep-fried bread sticks (“Yau Ja Gwai”)… the shallot pancake was warm and flakey, and the fried bread stick was golden and airy inside.
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Mother Chu’s Taiwanese Gourmet
Shop 1, 8688 Dixon St Chinatown / Haymarket
Tel: (02) 9211 0288

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Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.


  1. This place used to be great but I’ve been told that they changed owners…probably the reason for the difference in taste now -it’s a shame. Great photos though!


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