Trials being over meant lots of time to do nothing, and lots of reasons to explore. The Melbourne University Open Day was last weekend, so we decided to take a trip down to check it out, as well as check Melbourne out. The last time I went to Melbourne was in 2011, for the King Tut exhibition. The trip turned out to be more a food adventure. On our first night there, we didn't really know where to eat. We opened up trusty trip advisor and found a restaurant, chin chin, nearby. After reading many positive reviews, we excitedly went off to find it. However, as we approached, the amount of people waiting outside became evident. We decided to try our luck anyway, and found out that there was a 3 hour wait. Dejected and hungry, we had no choice but to have dinner at china town.
Two days later, we returned, excited to try the place out, for our final meal in Melbourne. It was now Monday, but we were still worried that we would be unable to get a table, and so turned up at noon. The place wasn't full when we first arrived, but by the time we finished eating, was completely full. The place was full of 'gweilos', as my mum commented.
|Menu on flip side|
We picked a dish each to share. I chose the caramelised stick pork with sour herb salad and chilli vinegar. This was really yummy. The chilli was not too spicy. The only problem was that the pork really was sticky and stuck to my teeth after. We also got the barbecue pork satay with cucumber, pineapple and crushed peanuts, which I unfortunately did not try due to eating too much of the other food and being full...
|Caramelised Sticky Pork ($26); Pork Satay ($23)|
The crispy barramundi and green apple salad with caramelised pork, peanuts, chilli and lemongrass was probably my favourite dish. The flavours were just right. The Gai Lan was also one of the best I've tried- simple, yet tasty, not overcooked nor soft!
|Gai Lan ($14); Barramundi and Green Apple Salad ($27)|
All in all, was a pretty good visit. Glad we came here!