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Wonderbao

One of the great things about having lunch with friends (other than having the pleasure of their company) is that you can order more food… try more dishes… and take more photos! A group of five of us visited Wonderbao, and between us we ended up trying almost all of the bao on their menu. The bao were small and relatively cheap which meant that we each got to try a few different flavours, and in the end we all left feeling satisfied.

pork belly and veggie bao

Braised pork belly gua bao ($4.20) and choi bao (V) ($2.20)

The pork belly was nice and tender, and worked well with the flavours of mustard, coriander and peanut. The choi bao had a good combination of shiitake mushroom, tofu and veggies.

fried tofu bao

Fried silky tofu gua bao (V) ($4.2)

The bao bun had a soft texture, and there was a good ratio between the bao and the tofu filling. Continue reading

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Madame Squint – rice burgers and bao burgers

Today we had lunch at Madame Squint, where you can get rice burgers (sushi burgers), Chinese burgers (bao burgers) as well as Asian salads and noodle soups. Rice burgers are a nice idea if you want to eat normal rice dishes with your hands, but we found that things can get pretty messy and you may be better off using some utensils anyway. The same goes for the bao burgers.

rice burger eating instructions

Each table has these cute instructions for eating the rice burgers. We had to unwrap the burgers for the photos, but we did wrap them back up before we started eating!

soft shell crab rice burger

Soft shell crab rice burger with spicy mayo $7.75

Wendy ~ To be honest I thought that the taste of the rice burger was no different to a normal rice dish, except that it required no utensils and became very messy for me to eat. Continue reading

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Dumplings at Shanghai Street Dumplings, Wontons and Noodle (La Trobe St)

This dumpling restaurant has a wide selection of steamed/boiled/fried dumplings and also some noodle dishes. We brought a couple of friends with us to have lunch here, so we decided to order four dumpling dishes to share: steamed and fried pork xiao long bao, boiled vegetable dumplings and boiled chicken and prawn dumplings. The servings were very filling so we all left feeling satisfied, and the total bill added up to only $34 between the four of us, so it was a very affordable!

Steamed pork xiao long bao

Steamed pork xiao long bao

Wendy ~ I was really looking forward to trying the steamed xiao long bao as well as its fried counterpart Continue reading