19-37 A’Beckett Street
+61 3 9654 7887
1 Stewart Street
+61 3 9995 4655
The Northern part of Melbourne city is blooming with new food joints. RMIT has undergone swanky renos around the Swanston/Franklin Street campus and food stalls have seized this opportunity to germinate and pop.
Wonderbao has been around for a little while and a rave developed over their gua baos. My memories of gua baos involve family dinners at my grandparents’ in Singapore, with my grandma’s homemade braised pork belly. Slices of unctuous fatty pork tenderly cradled by steamed fluffy soft buns and then drizzled lavishly with oily flavourful dark sauce. Yum indeed.
I popped into Wonderbao on a lonesome Wednesday arvo. Fakebooo had departed for France and I was left on my own to fend for myself. Perched on a barstool with a graffiti-strewn laneway as my view, I tucked into a tofu and a pork belly gua bao, washing it down with homemade soy milk.
The drink was unsweetened with a wonderful soy nuttiness. The buns were soft and pillowy and they both tasted pretty damn good. I really liked the vegetarian bao, the salty pickled vegetable provided a good taste and textural contrast against the soft silky tofu.
Wonderbao also offers the “contemporary” dim sum-style buns such as lotus seed paste and BBQ pork. The taro is a favourite and “orh nee” lovers should definitely give this a go.
After my bao escapade, I hopped (not quite literally) a stone’s throw down to Hero. Created by the people behind The Grain Store, I’ve heard they make good delicious subs. However, I was after something a little more sinful… donuts.
Mmmmmmm. Hero’s donuts are filled with jaffa or jam and these bad boys are sensational. There’s nothing quite like biting into a warm ball of deep-fried dough, stuffed with creamy orange milk chocolate or sweet berry jam.
With these eateries and a whole lot more of other deliciousness (Rose Garden, Darac etc) at their feet, I’m rather envious of RMIT students. Maybe I should consider becoming a student again, just to savour city food.