Raffles reviews: Bistro Hulu Crows Nest

Jumbo xiao long bao at Bistro Hulu

Bistro Hulu Crows Nest is so new that when we walked past on Tuesday night it wasn’t even officially open yet. But once I saw the photos of the epically enormous xiao long bao on the signs there was no way they were keeping me out!

It’s no secret that I love a dumpling or that I could eat six times my bodyweight in xiao long bao at least twice a day, but these giant ones were just like the ones we had in Shanghai that first started my obsession, and that I haven’t seen since so we had to try them.

JUmbo xiao long bao at Bistro HUlu

Once we’d battered down the door (it was actually already open for soft trading but far be it for Raffles to let the facts get in the way of a good story) we took a look at the menu! OMG! It had all of my favourite Chinese food but with a twist.

The appetiser of steamed chicken (with prickled pepper, chilli oil and peanuts) was definitely not for wusses!  It’s really, really mouth numbingly hot but so, so, so, so, so good. The corn fed chicken was really tender and the taste was out of this world. If you’re not used to spicy food my advice is to make sure you have some water on standby before you dive in to it.

STeamed chicken with prickled pepper and chilli at Bistro HuluThere was the xiao long bao, which came in regular and planet size. The big ones even came with a straw to suck the soup out. Oh yeah!

SLurping on a jumbo xiao long bao at Bistro Hulu

Then we had soft and crispy fried buns with a tasty vegetable filling.

Pan fried vegetarian bun

Plus some long and juicy fried pork and chive dumplings that were little parcels of piggy goodness.

pan fried pork and chive dumplings

Three cup seafood was a variation of three cup chicken, something my mama makes and that I love.

Three cup seafood with hand pulled noodles at Bistro Hulu

This one had similar flavours to mamas but it came with the most awesome hand pulled noodles and loads off pippis and prawns and squid. Yummo.

Hand pulled noodles at BIstro HUulu

I also really wanted to try their dessert buns but they’d run out. Then the owner, who was super nice, invited us back for the launch and said we could try them then.  But can you believe my mum made me go to school instead and went without me! NO FAIR! I’m the food reviewer around here.

Luckily she’s pretty nice and snuck a tubful of buns home for me to try including one of the Gold Digger steamed dessert buns that I’d wanted to try.

Gold Digger steamed dessert buns at Bistro Hulu

They were stuffed full of sweet and salty eggy custardy stuff that tastes a little like salted caramel and were totally worth the wait.

This place is just what we’ve been missing around here and If I get my way we’re going to be regulars.

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 7
(bracketed comments by his mama)

Bistro Hulu
90 Willoughby Road
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Ph: 02 9966 8899

Note: This meal was independently paid for.

12 Comments on Raffles reviews: Bistro Hulu Crows Nest

  1. Christine
    September 12, 2015 at 8:43 am (9 years ago)

    You’ve got excellent taste, Raffles! I enjoy reading your reviews.

      September 12, 2015 at 4:19 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks. I really love to write them, mostly because it gives me an excuse to eat. Raffles xx

      September 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

      Then you should go to Bistro Hulu for dinner. Raffles xx

  2. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    September 12, 2015 at 10:04 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my gosh!! All this food looks devine. Those pork dumplings look so good!

      September 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm (9 years ago)

      They were awesome. Raffles xx

  3. Gabby
    September 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm (9 years ago)

    Nailed it again awesome boy 🙂

      September 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Gabby Raffles xx

      September 12, 2015 at 4:16 pm (9 years ago)

      Always, Lorraine! Love Raffles xx

  4. boysontrend
    September 12, 2015 at 8:56 pm (9 years ago)

    I love me some dumplings!!

      September 13, 2015 at 9:55 am (9 years ago)

      Best food ever! Raffles xx


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