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HOLIDAY EATS – FIJI

Bula! Before I started med school, I thought it would be good for my health and sanity to take a few days off, head to Fiji, and completely unwind. In the 10 days I was there, I went zip-lining, spent a day on an uninhabited tropical island, got a massage every other day, visited local villages, swam under a waterfall, and got sunburnt beyond belief, [...]
Pork Bulgogi with Korean Spicy BBQ Sauce ($24.9, large)

BEBU

As a Melbournian, I treat waiting in line for good food like going to the dentist – a necessary evil to be endured for the greater good. But even I have my limits, and when I turned up at Hawker Chan to find the line 90 minutes long, it became a complete no-go, just like getting 8 fillings done at once. Feeling rather tired and [...]
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo ($20)

THE MOLDY FIG

This is a rather special blog post. Not only is that because I’m eating delicious New Orleans food, which I love but don’t get to have often, but it’s also my very last blog post in Melbourne for a while! So without further ado, let’s get started! The Moldy Fig is a New Orleans restaurant and bar that is distinctly Southern in its look and [...]
Arnie ($11)/Kotter ($11)/Small Chips ($3)/Greek Salad ($5, small)

HELLA GOOD

It may seem unbelievable, but despite living in Melbourne for all of my adult life, I’ve never had a souvlaki from Stalactites. Sure, I’ve eaten there enough times, but ordering a souva for a sit-down meal has always seemed silly to me, so I usually end up getting one of the platters instead. Plus, I got a little bit mad at them the last time [...]
Baby Octopus ($19)

OSTERIA ILARIA

Rarely has a restaurant impressed me on the first visit the way Tipo00 did. Their meticulously hand-crafted pasta dishes were melt-in-the-mouth scrumptious, and each subsequent visit has been similarly astounding, and well worth the ridiculous wait times. So when the geniuses behind Tipo opened Osteria Ilaria a couple years later, all of Melbourne were waiting with bated breath to see if it lived up to [...]
Breakfast Pasta ($21.5)

SMALL AXE KITCHEN

Growing up Chinese, I’ve never been one to shy away from a sizable breakfast. In most parts of Asia, it is considered perfectly normal to start your day with a bowl of noodles, a plate of meat buns, or even leftovers from dinner the night before. In fact, one of my all-time favourite breakfasts is my grandma’s wide rice noodles, cooked in soup with minced [...]