Lee Ho Fook

Lee Ho Fook - Street view

Lee Ho Fook – Street view

Lee Ho Fook is a modern Chinese restaurant that is still fairly new to the city, it’s been open for about 7 weeks. It was formerly a restaurant in Collingwood but has moved to duckboard place off Flinders lane in Melbourne. They serve Chinese food but it’s not your special fried rice, honey chicken kind of place (hehe) it’s a modern take on Chinese food and flavours. They play around with traditional flavours and come up with creative ways to express Chinese cuisine.

Lee Ho Fook - Venue

Lee Ho Fook – Venue

The dining space is classy and relaxed. They have exposed brick walls and contemporary style lighting. A really nice atmosphere.

Lee Ho Fook - Tea egg w avruga and dill

Lee Ho Fook – Tea egg w avruga and dill

The tea egg with avruga and dill was interesting. The outside of the egg was darkened by the tea and had a subtle tea flavour. The yolk was soft and sticky, the avruga caviar was salty and had a nice texture and it was topped with a miniature sprig of fresh dill.

Lee Ho Fook - Scallop & silken tofu w soy butter and crispy garlic

Lee Ho Fook – Scallop & silken tofu w soy butter and crispy garlic

The scallop was chopped into chunks aside squares of silken tofu and had a warm soy butter with crispy garlic poured over.

Lee Ho Fook - Oyster w ginger dressing & wasabi

Lee Ho Fook – Oyster w ginger dressing & wasabi

The raw pacific oysters came with a ginger dressing and a little bit of wasabi. Amongst the fresh oyster sea taste was that hum of heat from the ginger and wasabi.

Lee Ho Fook - Black fungi w aged black vinegar

Lee Ho Fook – Black fungi w aged black vinegar

The black fungi and aged black vinegar was simple and wonderful. It had that silky texture and rich black vinegar flavour.

Lee Ho Fook - Corn w fermented chilli and lime

Lee Ho Fook – Corn w fermented chilli and lime

The fried sweet corn looked great. They were curled rows of corn off the cob that were sprinkled with a salted fermented chilli dust.

Lee Ho Fook - Chinizza

Lee Ho Fook – Chinizza

Lee Ho Fook’s all famous ‘chinizza’ was amazing as expected. What the hell is a chinizza? A Chinese pizza duh! This Chinese spring onion pancake pizza creation was incredible. It was a fried pizza base with a generous amount of thinly sliced spring onion with torn pieces of mozzarella spread across the top. Yumness.

Lee Ho Fook - Crispy eggplant w red vinegar

Lee Ho Fook – Crispy eggplant w red vinegar

The crispy eggplant was delicious, they were like chips but Asian eggplant stlyle. They had a really crunchy crispy outside and were soft in the centre. They were dressed in a sticky spiced red vinegar sauce.

Lee Ho Fook - Pork belly w fennel, mustard and chilli oil

Lee Ho Fook – Pork belly w fennel, mustard and chilli oil

I love pork belly but I hadn’t had it this way before. It was cold thinly sliced pieces of pork belly (sort of like a platter of cold shaved meat) accompanied by pickled fennel, mustard and chilli oil. Perfect flavours to accompany the pork. I enjoyed this heaps.

Lee Ho Fook - Cabbage salad

Lee Ho Fook – Cabbage salad

The cabbage salad was fun with a range of textures. It had crispy deep fried bits of cabbage on top and sautéed cabbage underneath flavoured with dried Szechuan chilli and black peppercorns.

Lee Ho Fook - Duck w miso and red vinegar

Lee Ho Fook – Duck w miso and red vinegar

The duck was cooked to perfection. Thinly sliced and tender and pink in the middle. It had a miso and red vinegar sauce smeared around one side of the plate which complimented it well. And then it was accompanied by super thin slices of nashi with green Szechuan. The chilli nashi was insanely good. It was fresh and cool but hot with chilli at the same time. Love.

Lee Ho Fook - Chinese brocolli w oyster sauce and garlic oil

Lee Ho Fook – Chinese brocolli w oyster sauce and garlic oil

The steamed gailan (chinese broccoli) was yum, it was presented with the long stems placed along the edge of the bowl with their oyster sauce and crispy garlic swirled in the middle.

Lee Ho Fook - Chocolate brownie w egg custard ice cream

Lee Ho Fook – Chocolate brownie w egg custard ice cream

These chocolate brownies had an Asian twist. It was rich gooey crumbly brownie paired with egg custard ice-cream and topped with wispy pieces of egg floss. Yum.

Lee Ho Fook - Coconut mousse w corn ice cream

Lee Ho Fook – Coconut mousse w corn ice cream

The coconut mousse was light and delicate and the corn icecream was lovely and smooth. The two subtle flavours went well together.

Lee Ho Fook - Green apple and amaretto jelly w apple granita

Lee Ho Fook – Green apple and amaretto jelly w apple granita

The apple Amaretto jelly had an apple granita on top. It was bitter, sweet and sour. A light refreshing dessert.

Lee Ho Fook - Jasmine tea infused custard w burnt caramel

Lee Ho Fook – Jasmine tea infused custard w burnt caramel

The Jasmine tea infused custard w burnt caramel was remarkable. It was like a thick custard flan with a prominent Jasmine tea flavour with a burnt caramel sauce, which had a beautiful bitterness to it. My fave dessert.

They do two-hour session times for dinner so it’s good to make a booking. The staff were lovely and the food was delish. The menu is mainly share plates so you can order a bunch of things and share, which is great. They also have a great wine selection.

Lee Ho Fook - Pretty artwork

Lee Ho Fook – Pretty artwork

As we walked out, this painting was on the wall. It gave me happy vibes…loved it.

I heart Lee Ho Fook!

Olives x

Lee Ho Fook
Address: 11-15 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9077 6261
Website: leehofook.com.au/
Trading Hours: Tue-Sat: 6pm-11pm Mon-Sun: closed

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New Shanghai

New Shanghai - Emporium Melbourne

New Shanghai – Emporium Melbourne

New Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant located on lvl 3 of the Melbourne Emporium. The food is based around traditional recipes that have been passed down the line from generation to generation. And by golly they sure know how to make good dumplings. The dumplings are made fresh on site, you can see them hand crafting the little dumplings right in front of you. If you dig dumplings, this place is a MUST. Alongside the glorious dumplings New Shanghai has a delicious menu of a variety of authentic Chinese dishes at reasonable prices, which will keep you coming back for more.

New Shanghai - Venue

New Shanghai – Venue

While the recipes are traditional, the restaurant décor has a very modern vibe.

New Shanghai - Fresh pineapple & coconut milk

New Shanghai – Fresh pineapple & coconut milk

They have a variety of drinks on the menu. The fresh pineapple and coconut milk was delish, it was like a milkshake and tasted really fresh. The honey green tea is good too. It’s green tea but has the mouth feel of a crisp cold beer. It’s tastes clean and refreshing.

New Shanghai - Xiao long bao

New Shanghai – Xiao long bao

New Shanghai’s dumplings are beyond delicious. They deserve a standing ovation bravo bravo! The xiao long bao are one of my many favourites at New Shanghai, the skin is thin and soft and the pork and hot soupy filling is incredible. Add a little bit of vinegar and they are just perfect.

New Shanghai - Pan fried pork bun

New Shanghai – Pan fried pork bun

Another favourite of mine is the pan fried pork buns. The first time I tried these I was in awe of how amazing they were. They are in the shape of the xiao long bao and the filling is the same as the xiao long bao, but the skin is thicker and sort of cakey like BBQ pork buns. The pan fried pork buns are fried and have a golden toasted crispy bottom. They are truly remarkable.

New Shanghai - Pan fried pork dumplings

New Shanghai – Pan fried pork dumplings

The pan fried pork dumplings are delish too. The dumpling is fried and the skin is a little thicker and a little sticky in a good way. Delish!

New Shanghai - Shepard's purse & pork wonton w peanut sauce & spicy red chilli oil

New Shanghai – Shepard’s purse & pork wonton w peanut sauce & spicy red chilli oil

The shepard’s purse & pork wontons have the most amazing skin. The skin is thin and super silky, glossy and amazing. They were sitting in a spicy red chilli oil and had a peanut sauce drizzled over them. I couldn’t get over the skin on these wontons, they just had such an amazingly smooth texture.

New Shanghai - Deep fried crispy skin chicken w noodle soup

New Shanghai – Deep fried crispy skin chicken w noodle soup

The noodle soup w deep fried crispy skin chicken is really tasty. The soup has a subtle flavour and comes with a spicy vinegar sauce to add more of a kick. The noodles are fresh and the crispy skin is uber crispy. Yum!

New Shanghai - Shanghai fried noodles w shredded pork & veg

New Shanghai – Shanghai fried noodles w shredded pork & veg

The fried Shanghai noodles are full of flavour and stir-fried with a sweet soy based sauce, shredded pork and bok choy. They are the thick round egg noodles (sort of like udon). Very tasty and a little bit slippery, if you are not a chopstick pro you may need a fork for these.

New Shanghai - Braised pork belly marinated in a sweet soy sauce

New Shanghai – Braised pork belly marinated in a sweet soy sauce

The braised pork belly arrived in a big clay pot, it looked very traditional and was overflowing with giant chunks of juicy pork belly. The pork belly was marinated and covered in a sweet soy sauce and melted in your mouth.

New Shanghai - Deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk

New Shanghai – Deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk

The deep fried tofu w salted egg yolk was yum. The tofu had a light crispy batter and the tofu was really soft and silky in the middle. The salted egg yolk added flavour and a powdery-like texture to the dish. It was nice.

New Shanghai - Fried rice w X.O sauce

New Shanghai – Fried rice w X.O sauce

The fried rice with X.O sauce was delicious. It was your standard fried rice, fried up with X.O sauce. This simple alteration made the dish much tastier. The X.O sauce added that spicy seafood flavour which intensified the flavours in the rice.

New Shanghai - Pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste

New Shanghai – Pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste

For dessert we tried the pumpkin sticky rice cakes w red bean paste. Firstly awww they looked like little pumpkins. So adorable! They were steamed and came out in a bamboo steamer like dumplings. They were soft and a bit sticky and were a great dessert to end the meal.

New Shanghai - Red bean paste inside the pumpkin dumplings

New Shanghai – Red bean paste inside the pumpkin dumplings

They were like sweet little glutinous pumpkin dumplings filled with a sweet red bean paste. I loved them!

New Shanghai has a delicious menu of authentic Chinese food. Their service is good, the prices are reasonable, the food is delicious and the servings are generous. It’s a great place to gather a group of people and order a bunch of share plates. Also I like to go on my own so I can have a plate of dumplings all to myself.

I heart New Shanghai!

Olives x

New Shanghai
Address: Shop 323, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: http://www.newshanghai.com.au
Phone: 03 9994 9386
Trading Hours: Sat-Wed: 11am-7pm, Thurs-Fri:11am-9pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to New Shanghai.

Melbourne Chinese New Year 2014

Melbourne Chinese New Year 2014 - Chinatown.

Melbourne Chinese New Year 2014 – Chinatown.

So today we ventured out into Melbourne’s 40 degree heat to celebrate Chinese New Year in the city. First stop Chinatown. They had the big dragon and the lion dances. I like when the lion jumps up and eats the lettuce, aww it’s so cute. Lettuce is hung above the doors of the restaurants with a red packet of money. The lion eats the lettuce and red packet. And just for the record, if there was a red packet of money in my lettuce I would definitely eat more of it. The lion jumps up and eats the lettuce and scatters leaves around to symbolize a fresh start for the new year and to spread good luck.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Lion dance.

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Lion dance.

The great thing about celebrating the Lunar New Year is that it is tradition to celebrate with delicious food. There were lots of street food stalls setup around the area. There was a variety of skewers available, chicken satay, bbq pork, marinated squid, corn on the cob. Skewers are good because they are a one handed meal. You can eat them on the go. They allow you to continue browsing stalls without difficulty.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Chinese skewers.

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Variety of skewers.

No celebration is complete without beer battered potato twists dusted with a generous amount of chicken salt. Yum.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Potato Twists

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Mr Potato – Beer battered potato twists.

They had square chunks of rice noodle fried with an egg, topped with spring onions with a sweet soy sauce which was delicious. It looked like tofu but it was actually rice noodle. Which was strange for me because I’m used to noodles looking long and stringy but I liked the change. I dig it. It’s hip for noodles to be square.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Chinese street food.

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Chinese street food – Square rice noodle.

Then for something sweet they had these little mini pancakes (bigger than dutch pancakes but smaller than pikelets) filled with red bean, chocolate or cream. It tastes like something from breadtop. I paired that with sugercane juice which had a squeeze of cumquat juice. It was refreshing but it was particularly sweet, which I should have known, it being sugarcane and all.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Sugarcane juice & Redbean pancake sandwich.

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Sugarcane juice & Redbean pancake sandwich.

Second stop. Crown Casino. At Crown they had CNY stalls setup outside along the yarra river with a big stage with CNY events held throughout the day.

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Crown Casino - Year of the Horse

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Crown Casino – Year of the Horse.

We went inside Crown for refuge from the heat. In the food court they had a Hutong Dumpling Bar store. What? My favourite dumplings were available right there in the foodcourt? I was convinced it was a mirage. After all we had been in the heat for an extensive period of time so this idea was totally feasible. To my delight it was no figment of my imagination, there was definitely a Hutong Dumpling Bar standing in front of me in the food court at Crown. The Xiao Long Bao (Soup dumplings) from Hutong are my favourite dumplings ever. I was confused at first and thought the idea of having the dumplings served in a food court seemed to devalue their worth. But after much research (eating them and then eating them again) I realized the dumplings were just as good as at the restaurants only they were more accessible. So Yummy!

Melbourne CNY 2014 - Hutong Dumpling Bar - Xiao Long Bao.

Melbourne CNY 2014 – Hutong Dumpling Bar – Xiao Long Bao.

Today was filled with great food, friends and fun. Wishing you all Good Luck for the year ahead.

I heart Chinese New Year!

Olives x