Dining Out: Treasure Restaurant, Forest Hill

by April@MyFoodTrail on November 10, 2009

in Chinese, Dining Out, Forest Hill, Yum Cha

Treasure Restaurant
482 Springvale Road, Forest Hill VIC
(03) 9803 2388

Cuisine: Chinese
BYO: Yes
Prices (yum cha): $4 standard, $5 super, $6 deluxe, tea $1.20 per person
Parking: Free on-site parking

Thanks to Iron Chef Shellie’s comment on my Imperial Kingdom post I was reminded of Treasure Restaurant in Forest Hill as a yum cha place. I can’t believe I forgot about good old Treasure, the place of many family dinners when I was still staying with my parents. I haven’t been there in years, but I needn’t worry since nothing has changed – same exterior, same decor, even the same staff!

Treasure is located on Springvale Road, in between Burwood Hwy and Canterbury Road. We made a booking for the early session on a Sunday and were surprised to find the restaurant was half empty! Not generally a good sign, but so long as the food is good, I don’t care how many other diners there are – in fact, the less, the better so it’s not so noisy!

The food started coming around as soon as we sat down which was good because I was hungry! We normally skip breakfast before a yum cha session so there is more room for the food! One of hubby’s favourite steamed dumpling is the scallop dumpling. It is more often than not a combination of scallop and prawn paste – some places do it very well and at others, it tastes similar to the prawn dumpling. At Treasure, we could see pieces of scallop in the dumpling and though it was also filled with prawn, it was a delicious tasting dumpling.

Scallop dumpling, super $5

We haven’t had the deep fried crescent dumplings for a while, so when we saw it come around, we ordered a plate. They come whole but we asked the waitress to cut them in half for us. I was impressed that they retained their shaped even after cutting with scissors – a sign of a crunchy shell. The outside shell is slightly sweet and crunchy, but chewy, and inside the filling is made up of mushrooms, minced pork and dried shrimp. The dumpling was rather hollow, but that is typical of these types of dumplings.

Deep fried crescent dumplings (hum sui kok), standard $4

Next was the stuffed beancurd – cubes of deep fried tofu stuffed with prawn mince and topped with a flavoursome dark sauce. The waitress actually said it was stuffed with pork, but to me it tasted and looked like prawn.

Stuffed beancurd, super $5

Hubby and I always used to order the ginger prawns until we got too many dry, pork filled ones and were turned off. Everything so far at Treasure was good so we decided to give the ginger prawns a try here. They are filled with a prawn and pork mixture, wrapped in wonton skin and deep fried, before being steamed with a ginger and spring onion sauce. These ginger prawns were nice and moist and I liked the filling.

Ginger prawn dumpling, super $5

The next dish was called seafood siu mai. It was a minced pork ball topped with a different piece of seafood, but without the siu mai skin. The minced pork ball was very good, but I didn’t think much of the seafood on top.

Seafood siu mai, deluxe $6

Without fail, we always order the fried white radish cake where ever we go. This one looked deceptively firm, but it was soft in the mouth. There were also a few shredded pieces of radish in there, which I think adds to the texture.

Fried white radish cake (lor bak koh), standard $4

Another dish we always order is the prawn dumpling. These ones were so good! The dumplings were plump and filled with a very tasty prawn filling. No visible sign of bits of prawn, but I really liked the mixture.

Prawn dumpling (har gao), super $5

Hubby was looking forward to the taro dumpling. A pre-requisite of these dumplings is always the crunchy shell and it shouldn’t be too oily. These taro dumplings were a bit different to the ones we have had recently because they are actually filled with a lot of taro (yam) which gave the dumpling a mushy texture. If you love your taro, you will love these dumplings.

Deep fried taro dumpling (wu kok), standard $4

The egg tarts were probably the least favourite dish but only because it was barely warm. Egg tarts have to be served warm as a minimum. They still tasted nice though.

Egg custard tart, standard $4

Overall: The food overall was fantastic so I didn’t quite understand why on a Sunday, peak yum cha day, the restaurant was less than half full for the early session. Maybe people go there for the later session? The food comes at a reasonable speed and the staff actually serve you with a smile here! The food choices were a bit limited though.

It was hard to pick a favourite dish but I would say the prawn dumplings and the least favourite was the egg custard tart, only because it was barely warm.

Would I return? Yes, we enjoyed it.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Iron Chef Shellie November 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Oh yay! You went!! =D

Never seen the seafood sui mai before.. but sounds like I can give it a miss!

Matt Preston reviewed a yumcha place in Epicure today. So between him and you, I'm craving yum cha now!

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penny aka jeroxie November 10, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Looks good! I will be back on the yum cha trail next month. I had so much of it recently that everything tasted the same to me….

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef November 11, 2009 at 12:31 am

Mmmmmmmmm so tasty. I haven't done yum cha for AT LEAST a month, I'm slipping! I need to address this post haste. Oh and I've entered the world of the radish cake – and what a soft, tasty world it is 🙂

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Maria@TheGourmetChallenge November 11, 2009 at 10:35 am

oh the dishes look so go, and yet they are not busy on a sunday! Thats pretty shocking. Sounds like a place I should try out

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imasugarjunkie November 11, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I got so excited when I saw this pop up – this place is around the corner from where my boyfriend plays cricket and I drive past it at least once a week. Always wondered what it was like! May have to give it a go!!

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Rilsta November 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hi Shellie: Thanks again for the reminder about the place! It was good yum cha!

Hi Penny: Hehe, I think yum cha once a month is good. Anymore and you might get sick of it!

Hi Conor: That's great that you tried the radish cake and I'm glad you liked it! Yum cha needs to be done at least once I mention I reckon! 🙂

Hi Maria: Yeah I'm not sure why it's not that busy – you should try it out!

Hi imasugarjunkie: It is really good! Let me know if you do try it out!

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http://interior4homes.blogspot.com/ November 14, 2009 at 12:12 am

l own two resturants and a catering equipment business, l am always looking for new recipes and information, and this blog has it all.

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Rilsta November 14, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Hi Interior design ideas: Thanks for your comment!

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Thirsty January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Found and read the review here (nice blog and great photos btw) and so with several other people we went to Treasure for Sunday Yum Cha. Food was ok but our experience was very much soured by the lack of teapot refills when they got empty.

We requested the wait staff numerous times for them to be refilled..they said ok but they never came with that hot pot of water 🙁
It wasn't all that busy there either! Maybe it was because we were seated at the back corner and hence service wasn't as good in that spot?! But can see why they are not full house on a Sunday now..

Anyway, this one goes on my blacklist.

On another note, good article in The Age today regarding Yum Cha places. http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/epicure/on-the-trail-of-the-holy-grail/2010/01/18/1263663043227.html

Have to agree Golden Dragon is up there with the best, if not the best I've been to.

Happy Yum Cha-ing!

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Rilsta January 22, 2010 at 11:51 am

Hi Thirsty: Glad you like my blog! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your bad experience! I never go to Chinese restaurants for the service so I guess I have lower expectations! Thanks for the link to the article – I saw it too! I haven't been to Golden Dragon Palace for a long time now, will need to plan another visit soon!

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