$10 - Duck Jumplings (5 pieces) with warm udon salad
$9 - Chicken Jumplings (5 pieces) with warm udon salad
Extra dumplings: $1 each
After being impressed by the likes of Butty's Food Truck and Comida do Sul, we kept the food truck vibe going with a visit to the Jumplings truck in the Perth Cultural Centre. Former IT man Roy Chin started his Malaysian food manufacturing company, Jackie's Cooking, in 2008. In 2009, Roy started producing gyoza which he later trademarked as Jumplings (Japanese dumplings). Roy found that people were unfamiliar with the term 'gyoza' and hoped that by rebranding them as Jumplings, he would increase familiarity and consumption of these delicious morsels! These days, Roy is bringing his delicious Jumplings to the people in his food truck, most recently taking up residency in the Perth Cultural Centre.
The food truck had duck, chicken and vegetarian dumplings on offer, although he also manufactures pork and prawn dumplings. We couldn't decide between the duck and chicken so we tried both. Normally it would be a no-brainer (duck, of course) but the beauty of the chicken option is that you can grab one extra dumpling and still come in at $10. What can we say, we're suckers for value!
The Jumplings are steam-fried, which gives the skin a crispy base while the inside is still soft and tender. They were served in a noodle bowl, with a generous serving of Udon noodles, cabbage, coriander and a special ponzu (citrus-based) and sesame sauce. The pictures above show a huge lathering of chilli but this was at our request, so don't be put off if you don't like spicy food.
The results are fantastic. he Jumplings are obviously the stars of the show, being crispy, chewy, juicy and tender all at the same. The noodle bowl plays a strong supporting role. The generous serving size ensures that you don't go hungry and the good whack of coriander and sauce elevates it from a simple, stomach-filling bowl of udon something you would gladly eat on its own. For our tastes, the duck Jumplings are the winners. The rich flavour and meaty texture of duck really compliments the delicate flavours and textures of a noodles and dumpling skin. Although you can get an extra Jumpling for the same price if you choose the chicken, you won't go hungry with the standard 5 Jumplings. Best of all, the sauces and coriander create a tasty (but extremely salty) soup to round of the meal nicely. But be careful if, like us, you have loaded up with chilli!
These Jumplings were one of the best lunches we've had in a long time. Fresh flavours, good servings and most of all, they are fun! Hats off to Roy Chin and his team.
What do you think of Jumplings? How does it compare to the other food vans in Perth? Let us know!