18 July 2012
T-CHOW ORIGINALS RE-OPEN AT PARK LOK
In March 2009, the founders of Adelaide's great duck temple, T-Chow, sold up and left, breaking many hungry hearts. Since then, the food has changed much. Where the original Chui-chow tucker was unique to one specific part of Canton, it has gradually been influenced by bogans addicted to yum cha and duck with no bones. Aficionados will be delighted to learn that Chef So and wife Sandy, and her sister Helen Chow have emerged from retirement to open another great dining house in Chinatown. Called Park Lok, it's at 130 Grote Street, just off Morphett on the north side. It rocks: the old menu of delicate Chui-chow dishes is back, intact, ducks have bones again, and dear So is beaming. The Milton Wordley photograph above is from the final lunch under the old regime at the T: Chef So, the author, and Cheong Liew having a bit of a cackle. I will write more of Park Lok soon. In the meantime, get in there and feast! Book at 08 8212 8316. Below, Milton photographed the surviving founders of the infamous Saturday Table with the original T-Chow team on the occasion of the last lunch they cooked for us before their 2009 retirement. Click here to read about the Saturday Table.