If you want the best Cantonese food, head to Hurstville and Beverly Hills. Along with Auburn and Burwood, the south-west area has a large Cantonese-speaking population, and with it a high demand for good quality seafood, siu mei (Canto-style roast meats) and yum cha.
And we’re happy to say it: Hurstville’s Golden Sands is the yum cha king of the south-west. The standard of its dim sum is exceptional. All the usually glistening seafood-jammed dumplings are texturally on point, and the saucier items (chicken feet, stewed pork ribs) are as rich as you’d want them to be. But particular compliments go to the silky cheung fun (rice-noodle rolls), the zhaliang (rice noodles wrapped over a pork-stuffed roll of fried bread) and the pork-blood jelly that’s doused in a herbal but umami-loaded gravy.
The interiors aren’t going to make anyone whip out a flag and trumpet, it’s more RSL in vibe than anything, but when the food’s this good, who cares?
The night menu isn’t up to the same standard as the yum cha service – it can be a little hit and miss. Another word for the wise: if you’re coming here on a weekend, arrive as early as possible; Golden Sands fills up fast. Thankfully, there are plenty of chairs outside the entrance for all the latecomers.