If you frequent Sunday’s City Market, then no doubt you’ve heard of the enigmatic Vicky Ha, dubbed the ‘Dumpling Queen’ of the House of Dumplings. No mean feat, FishHead caught up with Ha to discover her favourite city spots.
If it’s been a hard week at work and I’m in need of a drink I’ll be at… the Malthouse or Hop Garden. They’re close to our production kitchen and I know I can always pick some random beer that I might fancy on the day.
Then the next day if I need a slap-up feed and a cup of Wellington’s finest coffee I’ll be at… Cafe L’affare. I don’t drink coffee, so definitely a cuppa. Love the deco, also I know I can chill in there, read the papers as long as I want, and no one will bother me.
I always find if you need some culture you can’t go past… Cuba Street. Buskers that do magic tricks, jazz bands, cheap eats, art galleries, brunch at Floriditas, cocktails at the Matterhorn, Fidel’s, nice old buildings, cream buns from Mr. Bun, tattoo shops, the bucket fountain. I think someone needs to open a pet shop on that street to complete the circle.
My favourite Wellington landmark has to be… the Railway Station. It’s so grand, and I also love the fact that sometimes I ride my bike through, completely get yelled at, and the shouting makes awesome echoes. Hilarious!
The Wellingtonian I would take to a pub quiz is… my partner. We sit in front of the computer each night and do quizzes on the Stuff website. Our scores are pretty hideous most of the time.
I am most ashamed to have never visited… Logan Brown, even though I love the boys [Steve and Shaun] and said many times I will go and visit them.
I know I shouldn’t, but Wellington’s best-kept secret is… Time Cinema in Lyall Bay. It’s truly classy and something really special. You have to find out for yourself why, though.
Wellington’s next best food trend will be… affordable, fresh, unpretentious and super-delicious street-style food.
The most unusual flavour of dumplings I have made is… a copied version of my mum’s ones – a mixture of prawn, pork, shiitake mushroom and loads of fresh herbs. Money can’t buy that. My mum lives in Hong Kong and makes the best dumplings.
My favourite sellers down at the Sunday markets are… the vege and fruit growers from Levin. They are the one’s who bring all those seasonal, affordable, fresh, local veges to us every single week, rain or shine. Bless them!