Melbourne Trip 2019 – Breakfast Time!
One of the perks of staying at CBD at multi-cultural Melbourne is the various food options, sweetened by the budget friendly prices due to the large students population there. As mentioned in my previous post, our Airbnb area (Elizabeth Street and surrounding) is dotted with cafes and restaurants, from Korean cuisine, Japanese cuisine, Malaysian food to Chinese food.
For breakfast alone, you are torned between D-I-Y breakfast from ingredients at the awesome Queen Victoria Market (sausages, ham, bread, egg, vegetables and fruits) or explored the dining options within the vicinity. Here’s are a few places that we’ve tried.
Located just one block away from our Airbnb, this small restaurant served savoury pancakes as well as a long a list of hot and cold beverages. There are only 5-6 counter seats in the shop and most of the patrons had their food takeaway.
We had their weekday special which consisted of a crisps pancake + red/mung bean & pearl barley congee, for AU$9.90
The crisps pancake is made from an eggy pancake, wrapped with filling of crispy crisps, pickled mustard plant stem (zha cai), spring onion, coriander, lettuce and your choice of sauce(s) such as sweet bean paste sauce, homemade spicy sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard, mayonnaise and Nando’s Peri Peri sauce. Cooked upon order, the pancake was huge in portion with generous filling.
We opted for red bean & pearl barley congee. Big serving as well, this set was certainly sufficient for two small eater. I barely tasted any sweetness in the congee, a tad too bland for my liking but it was served pipping hot which was very much needed to warm our body up in cold weather.
Matcha Red Bean Latte (AU$6.00)
Shop4/31, A’beckett st. Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 8.00am to 9.00pm, Sat & Sun: 11.00am to 8.00pm
Located right beside Meetea, Wonderbao is also another food to go place which offers steaming hot baos with variety of filling such as Char Siu bao, pork bao, Chinese sausage bao, egg custard bao and etc.
Assorted baos – Char Siu Bao (AU$2.70) & Egg Custard Bao (AU$2.50)
Egg Custard Bao (AU$2.50)
Steaming hot, fluffy bao with rich creamy egg custard filling, what’s not to like?
Gua Bao (刈包), which is a delicacy of meat or other condiments sandwiched between lotus leaf bun, also available here.
Gua Bao with Braised Pork Belly (AU$5.20)
Delicious combination of well braised pork belly, pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts sandwiched between the soft lotus leaf bun.
Gua Bao with Fried Chicken (AU$5.20)
A bit of East meets West combination, fried chicken + coleslaw in lotus leaf bun.
4/19-37 A’Beckett St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: (03) 9654 7887
Mon – Fri: 8.00am to 6.00pm, Sat: 11.00am to 4.00pm, close on Sunday
There are a couple shopping malls in the area we stayed like QV Square (in Queen Victoria Village) and Melbourne Central which come with broad range of food outlets included food court with many food options under one roof. We had our breakfast at the food court at Melbourne Central.
Fresh & Co. – offers wide range of fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta and a variety of pastries.
Grain Bowl – Teriyaki Beef (Regular: AU$10.90)
The grain bowl looked appetizingly vibrant with all the colourful ingredients such as mesclun, corn kernels, capsicum, edamame, pickled vegetables and poached egg on bed of brown rice and quinoa. It’s healthy yet delicious, I can have this everyday!
Fresh & Co.
Melbourne Central (LG level)
Cnr La Trobe St &, Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.
Operating hours: Mon – Wed, Sat & Sun: 10.00am to 7.00pm
Thurs & Fri: 10.00am to 9.00pm
Mr. Kitchen – Also accessible via food court at Melbourne Central (take away only), the main dining area of Mr. Kitchen is located at Swanston Street. If you have “oriental taste bud” or bored of the western food at Melbourne, Mr. Kitchen definitely suit you well! The menu comprised a mixture of Chinese and Vietnamese food included banh mi (pork & salad roll, grilled chicken roll), congee, soups, pies, pancakes, hotpots, bbq skewers, meat buns, herbal drinks, soy milk, juices, and many more.
Grilled Pork Sausage Roll (AU$7.00)
319 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
Tel: (04) 5118 1108
Verdict: Other than the above, there are a lot more options at this area such as grab-and-go breakfast from convenience stores or breakfast menu offered by the fast food chains like McDonald’s or Hungry Jack’s which are within short walking distance as well.