Having spent many years during university learning and playing the addictive Chinese tile game of mahjong, I had always been curious about Mahjong Room in Surry Hills, which has been serving Cantonese food on traditional wooden, square-topped mahjong tables since 2002.
|Mahjong Room, Crown Street, Surry Hills|
|Owner William Hui and his chef aunt|
|Traditional laneway dining|
Mahjong Room recently introduced a new "Open Rice, Open Table" menu designed for sharing, grazing or to be eaten with a game of mahjong. "Open Rice" means to start a meal in Cantonese and "Open Table" translates as opening up a table for a game of mahjong.
|Pan fried pork and cabbage dumplings|
So full of flavour they didn't even really need any of the condiments provided, but the chilli oil proved to be my favourite ahead of the chilli vinegar and chilli sauce.
|Steamed garlic chive dumplings|
|Prawn and pork siu mai|
|Deep fried prawn and chicken wontons|
|Vegetarian fried noodles|
|Xiao long bao|
Post feasting it's time to open tables - mahjong lessons with dim sum and street food are available every Friday and Saturday lunchtime, so bring enough 'legs' (fellow players, that is) and 'open table'.
|Private dining room decorated in 1960s Cantonese style|
Food, booze and shoes dined as a guest of Mahjong Room.