Hawker Chan is the first street food vendor to achieve 1 Michelin Star. Their original location is based in Singapore but they have opened a location in Melbourne last December so lucky me! I also happened to come across their videos online as well so I was excited to go. They’re the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant so I can actually afford it. Hawker Chan is famous for their soya sauce chicken dish which costs about $2 in Singapore!
I took a mini vacay down to Melbourne for 3 days this week! I’ve heard all about their famous brunch and coffee so I had a hard time deciding where to go. However, none of them could possibly be bad! I just wish I could eat more. For one of my brunch stops I went to White Mojo, located in Hardware Lane.
Melbourne is known for their amazing laneways filled with cafes and restaurants. It’s a very lively area to be in and it feels hidden away yet everyone is there. The photo above is just for reference and not where White Mojo is located. Continue reading →
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from along Church Street in Parramatta but I was craving some Malaysian food and came across Pak Hailam Kopitiam. It was located just before Parramatta river. It was also Easter Friday so the place was dead. We were the only people there at 6:30pm which is prime dinner time.
On a side note, it seems like Australia is really big on Easter as well as hot cross buns. I’ve never seen so many hot cross bun related food items before. So far I’ve seen hot cross bun flavoured chocolates, hot cross bun French toast, hot cross bun ice cream, hot cross bun donuts as well as hot cross buns in different flavours like milk chocolate and apple with cinnamon! I barely noticed any hot cross buns in Vancouver except around Easter but here they started selling them in January already. I actually started buying them because they were pretty cheap at the grocery stores and I’m a girl on a budget. Turns out they were pretty good since they were light and fluffy as well as sweet. Sorry for the long digression but onwards to the food ->
Da Jian Chen serves up a popular Chinese breakfast street food that is essentially a crepe or pancake with various fillings. I’m not actually sure if I’ve had this before, maybe once at the Richmond Night Market back in Canada? I’ve only been to China twice so I’ve never had it there. It looked delicious though so I was definitely going to give it a go. Da Jian Chen is located on Golburn Street just off George Street.
I still remember the first time I ever had a banh mi sandwich. My aunt picked up my brother and I from Chinese school on Saturday (who else went to Chinese school?!) and then we went for lunch. She introduced us to banh mi sandwiches and I was sold because I loved how there were pickled vegetables! I don’t eat them often though and sometimes I find the baguette to be on the harder and scratchier side but they are cheap as far as sandwiches go. In Australia, they usually call them “pork rolls” instead of banh mi probably so that they will appeal to more people. Destination Roll has a location close to my office near Wynyard station and they always have a line up during lunch hours.
I’ve always been a huge fan of donuts (hi Cartems!) but since that’s more of an American thing, there aren’t many donuts around in Sydney. Speaking of which, I also miss Tim Hortons and how cheap they are!!! There was Doughnut Time but it recently went bankrupt and all their stores seem to have closed now. I came across Donut Papi on Instagram and I’ve been stalking their page since. They close early on weekdays so I could only make a visit on the weekend. Basically all cafes close around 3 or 4pm here so unfortunately popping by after work is not an option.
My boyfriend suggested we get burgers so he took me to Burger Project in Parramatta. Since he’s a student, he’s been taking advantage of their student special from 3-6pm where you can get free small chips with your burger. Since we went for lunch though I couldn’t mooch off his discount this time. Their motto is fast food with slow food values. We were their first customers of the day so the restaurant was empty. It was actually a very spacious venue for a burger joint.
Did you know the Aussie’s like putting beetroot in their burgers? It actually tastes pretty good. The Aussie Burger had grass fed beef, beetroot, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce & secret sauce. Not sure what the secret sauce was but it complimented the juicy burger.
They had a limited edition burger called The Korean with Samjang Mayonnaise, Onion, Lettuce, Kimchi & Bulgogi Glaze. I decided to be healthy and order it as a burger in a bowl so instead of having buns you get lettuce instead. I found the patty to be too salty from the bulgogi glaze so it might’ve been better if I had ordered it as a regular burger with buns instead. The patty was also juicy but I think they could’ve provided more onions since there were barely any. Also, I expected more of a spicy kick to it but that was not the case.
Here in Oz, they don’t usually serve burgers with fries (or chips as they call it here) so they need to be ordered separately. The Chips (large size) were perfectly fried, fluffy on the inside and seasoning was spot on.
Lastly, we ordered a Coffee Milkshake but it was disappointing as the texture was super watery and it was more like a latte… I would’ve sent it back but my boyfriend had already gulped half of it and he’s not a fan of sending food back.
Have you ever sent food back?
Thai Riffic is a chain restaurant located outside of Westfield Parramatta and it’s in a great location for quick eats. I love Thai food and Sydney has Thai food in abundance. They were pretty busy at dinner time but the wait was short.
I came across Mr. Stonebowl on Instagram (aka the best way to discover more food) and despite reading about the long lineups, I decided to brave them on a Sunday night. Luckily we only had 2 people so we got in after 10 mins! Way ahead of the various other people standing around. Stuff like this just makes my day since I hate waiting! We went to the Mr. Stonebowl location in Burwood and it’s a few blocks from the train station.
For Valentine’s Day this year, Bondi Pizza was having a special deal where you can order any 2 pizzas, pastas, or salads for $49.90 and you also get a chocolate fondue as well. With the deal, the fondue is basically free since most dishes there are around $25. The restaurant is located on Church street amidst a bunch of other restaurants. My boyfriend has been to Bondi Pizza a few times so I was interested in trying it. Also, I signed up for their rewards program so you can get a free pizza for your birthday! I love birthday freebies. :)