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Another Chinese restaurant in Canberra


Married friends of mine have been going to Ginseng Asian restaurant for years and often enjoy a bowl of soup on a Sunday for lunch.  I had never been, so took a look at the menu on-line and saw there were many vegetarian options so I arranged a dinner outing with a few of my lovely friends; all I worked with in China during 2011-14.

It’s a very understated little restaurant which has been named Canberra’s best Chinese every year between 2004 and 2008.  It is quite small but does have an upstairs for dining.  We sat downstairs and ran into other friends of mine who also joined us for dinner.  Canberra is a small place so it’s often that you are out and about and will see people you know.

I ordered separately as my friends wanted to share meat dishes for both entree and main courses.  I ordered the vegetarian spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce which were ok…nothing special really; but still enjoyable!!

img_3297My five friends ordered the duck pancakes which came out ready made on individual plates and then another huge platter with more ingredients to make pancakes.


img_3298For main course, my friends ordered the prawn and duck fried rice with Thai chilli paste…


and the five spice prawns dish and BBQ pork.


They also shared the Shantung lamb with sweet soy sauce and Asian spices and the satay chicken and broccoli.




As I mentioned I had the choice of many vegetarian dishes so I decided on the five spice tempura eggplant and tofu, which was plentiful and a dish I did enjoy.


It was such a lovely casual evening and I enjoyed the ambience, service and the incredibly fresh food -enough to return again sometime.  Next time I intend to order the tofu and eggplant hotpot (yes… eggplant again – I think I could live on it).