Wednesday: Wicked Winter City


All the gwailo food has been indulging so far, but something deep within our guts were crying out for something Asian. So it was time for some Dim Sum or as the Aussie calls it ‘Yum Chas‘. This used to be a regular weekend do for me when I was studying in Oz. I remember bringing my Aussie housemates down to Chinatown and telling them that the tiny morsels were actually called Dim Sums. I further shocked them by ordering a plate of Deep Fried Innards and Phoenix Claws just so I can see the horror on their faces. Evil lil monkey, I was. Those were the days aitelyu!

A good breakfast consisting of 10x Small Yum Cha + 2x Deluxe Yum Cha + 4x Super Deluxe Yum Cha and chinese tea at this popular joint set us back AUD83.60. That’s what the receipt says. A small fee for good HK Dim Sums. No?

SHARK FIN HOUSE (what a name, I’m surprised Green Peace has not protest against it)
131-135 Lt.Bourke Street
Tel: +613 9663 1555


Aussies are just blessed with good Asian food varieties especially Vietnamese. The keyword here being “good“. So jealous. Kinda makes me wonder why there isn’t a decent affordable Vietnamese food joint in KL that makes those lovely 8-hours phö stock served with proper rice noodles that’s not Kuay Teow. If I wanted Kuay Teow Soup I would have gone to a coffee shop, right? Sighs.

Anyway, one of my favourite eateries in the city has to be Mekong. A small fee of AUD8.00 (that’s cheap sh*t by this city’s standards) buys you a very tasty and pipping hot bowl of beef/chicken phö and all the condiments. Yes, that includes the ginormous Thai Basil Leaves that Ah Pa blogged about. A sign on the window says Bill Clinton ate 2 bowls of soup there, and photos on the walls suggests that Jackie Chan and heaps of other Asian celebrities have eaten there too.

Also, I love dipping the Spring Rolls (AUD4.80), Chargrilled Pork Paper Roll (AUD4.50) and Lemongrass Chargrilled Chicken Broken Rice (AUD8.50) in the bowl of fish sauce & vinegar concoction. Gosh, I’m making myself hungry writing about it!

#241 Swanston St.
Tel: +613 9663 3288


Whoever who said Melbourne’s a bored during winter should be shot. There’s just plenty to see walking around in the cold…if that’s not your thing, there’s always Crown casino!

Bored of reading a Melbourne city posts already? Lucky for you, it’s gonna be Roadtrip Thursday tomorrow! ;)

8 Responses to Wednesday: Wicked Winter City
  1. UnkaLeong
    June 24, 2009 | 1:10 am

    Didcha try your luck at the tables? Heheh…They serve pretty decent pho down @ pho hua. There's a branch down at the Mines Shopping Fair ;) *plugging our malls :P*

  2. savante
    June 24, 2009 | 2:09 am

    More on Wicked! How was it?

  3. CUMI & CIKI
    June 24, 2009 | 3:19 am

    v cool munkey . keep it coming.. oh so THAT is what they mean by DICKhead!

    Deep Fried Innards and Phoenix Claws .. man.. my kinda food:P

    didja say transformed landscape? looks like you want to hear the ending of transformers huh.. do ya do ya? huh? HUH? ROFL!

  4. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    June 24, 2009 | 3:31 am

    my favourite dim sum rest in melbourne! then the other 1 up the road is shark fin inn haha..

    ohh how i miss aussie life..

  5. thule a.k.a leo
    June 24, 2009 | 3:36 am

    Hmmmm… love Winter time!!! Somehow walking around wearing sweater while the cold and chilly winds blow at me seem perfect!!!

  6. Life for Beginners
    June 24, 2009 | 10:22 am

    Yay for Roadtrip Thursday Tomorrow! Uhm, is it tomorrow yetttttt? :P

  7. qwazymonkey
    June 25, 2009 | 2:32 am

    Unka: No lah, we just go jalan at Crown. Not gonna waste money of such indulgence. Though the Mini they're danggling under the pokies machine was tempting. Pho Hoa? Ok lah that one. Curve also have. But still not the same as how Uncle Ho's people make.

    Savante: it was A-MA-ZING!

    C&C: A big dickhead. ROFL. Shaddap! No transformers spoilers here. I won't be able to watch perhaps til next week.

    Joe: Yea I saw the Shark Inn. Sounds damn triad-related

    LFB: Well it is NOW!

  8. Wandernut
    July 22, 2009 | 8:55 am

    you saw wickedd!!! jeles!!!