[box_alert]Auburn Chinese Restaurant has since changed management and chefs[/box_alert]

I have found it.

Fresh and cheap seafood that doesn’t compromise on taste! Okay, so the service can be a hit and miss at times, but the food is casual Chinese at its best.
On a good service day, you’ll be greeted with these salted peanuts as an appetiser. On a bad service day, expect to walk into the kitchen yourself to grab additional utensils or even to refill your own bucket of rice.

JENIUS - Auburn Chinese Restaurant - salted peanuts appetiser

Live mud crab can be cooked to your desire for $45 per kilo. From my experience, this is completely below the market price of most decent Chinese restaurants in Sydney! Tantalize your taste buds with a fierce XO sauce or go for the traditional ginger, shallots and garlic.
The best thing about this restaurant is probably the genuineness. You get what you pay for. There’s no worrying about the chef cheating you by keeping a crab leg to himself, or by cooking a smaller crab than the one you were showed.
During my recent two visits (funnily enough, they were 3 days apart), the crab was 0.850kg and 0.630kg… this was perfect for 2 people, keeping in mind the e-fu noodles were a must to soak up all the gorgeous live crab flavours. I haven’t stopped raving about it since. A seafood dinner for two, for less than $50 in total!

JENIUS - Auburn Chinese Restaurant - mud crab with ginger, shallots, garlic and e-fu noodles

The crab was delectable. The flesh was sweet, definitely fresh (we were shown the live crawling creature and weight) and simply divine. Chunks of shallots, ginger and garlic were braised through a thickened stock sauce.

JENIUS - Auburn Chinese Restaurant - decor, coloured poster menus, live seafood tanks

It doesn’t stop there. They have live tanks of barramundi, huge lobsters, king crabs, pipis and oysters… don’t let the murky tanks, crowded tables or colourful foreign posters fool you. To be honest, I don’t speak or read Chinese either… but have recently been most impressed with the waitress’ and restaurant owner’s improvement in English.
My other favourite dishes at Auburn Chinese Restaurant include the pork ribs in spicy salt, combination hotpot with tofu (below) and steamed oysters with soy, coriander and shallots.

JENIUS - Auburn Chinese Restaurant - combination hot pot

You know what? You might even find me back there tonight…

Auburn Chinese Restaurant

138 South Parade, Auburn
(Opposite Auburn Station)
Closed on Tuesdays
Read about my previous entry on Auburn Chinese Restaurant.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.