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Round Three of Melbourne

By Foodisourreligion @food_religion
Round three and also the final round of Melbourne food eating begins now. No Melbourne trip counts if you come back without stuffing your face with a large cone of lord of the fries at least once. On the topic of these 'healthy' fries, I have a confession to make. So after one of my drunken pub crawls during one of the nights, I had my obligatory session at lord of the fries followed by stepping foot into KFC for some wicked wings that were covered in 11 secret herbs and spices. APPARENTLY I did it ALL wrong. 

Round three of Melbourne

Melbourne travels

So apparently the right way of doing is to order extra sauce so you can dunk those sexy wings into the sauce whilst stuffing your face with those fries. OMG, why didn't I think of that? Guess I just need to make up for it next time. Word also has it that lord of the fries is also coming to Sydney!

Round three of Melbourne

Graffiti lane way in Melbourne

Round three of Melbourne

Colourful huts at Brighton Beach

Like New Zealand, the weather changes so fast in Melbourne and on most days, you have the 'luxury' of going through all four seasons in one day. The colourful huts at Brighton Beach was one of my highlights, they were just so pretty and I loved how each of the huts were different. It was so difficult so choose a favorite. 

Round three of Melbourne

Wonderbao

One of the things I was dying to try was Wonderbao Kitchen. I got so jelly each time my Melbourne food friends instagramed a photo of their mouth water buns so there was no way I was going to leave Melbourne until I got my hands on one of those buns. Ever since I had tried the buns at Momofuku, I have been obsessed with them. 

Round three of Melbourne

Part of the kitchen at Wonderbao

Round three of Melbourne

Pork belly wonderbao

When you bite into the bun, all you want to do is to close your eyes; the softness of the bun, the juices from the pork, the crunchiness of the crackling and vegetables plus the generous amounts of hoisin sauce makes it super tasty. For $3.50, I really couldn't complain. The only problem was that I wish my body would let me have millions and millions of these porky buns and stay thin forever. 

Round three of Melbourne

Pulled pork 'spring roll' 

Next stop and another personal favorite of mine is Chin Chin. I waited more than TWO HOURS to feed my stomach. It was the longest I have ever waited for food. By the end of the two ish hours, I was starving and slightly drunk. Thank gosh for Go Go Bar that was located downstairs to help kill time. 

Round three of Melbourne

Gapi Fried Rice

Round three of Melbourne

Salt and pepper squid

Round three of Melbourne

DIY Pulled pork spring roll

Round three of Melbourne

Tom Yum soup

Round three of Melbourne

'Son in law' eggs with chilli jam

I normally dislike most types of fried rice unless it is Nasi Gorgeng but the one at Chin Chin was simply exceptional. It was so good that I wouldn't even label it was a fried rice. The heroes that pulled everything together were the sweet juicy pork and caramelised shrimp. Perhaps it was also the 'DIY' of the mixing which was done at the table instead of a wok that made it taste so unique. It was this dish that made the 2 hour oh so worth it. 
Love the pulled pork DIY spring rolls, it was so fun to wrap it up yourself. I felt like a kid again with all these 'DIY' dishes. The 'son in law' eggs were also just as good. The best bit of those eggs was when you cut into the eggs with the spoon and all the egg yolk oozed out into the puddle of sauce. One of the best egg dishes I have had in a very long time. 

Round three of Melbourne

Seafood pasta

Round three of Melbourne

Spanish tapas heaven

Last but now least is the famous Movida. Considering how popular this place was and with a four to six week waiting list, I had to check it out. My favorite dish was definitely the seafood pasta. The pasta was jammed packed with flavours. I have never tasted such a rich and intense past dish like this before. Some people might not like this heavy but for me, it was perfect. It was like all the seafood flavours were soaked into the pasta and that for me was what made it incredibly tasty. The next time I go back, I am just going to make sure I have one of those pastas ALL to myself. 
That's about it guys! I can't wait to make a return visit back to Melbourne. What are some places I should try next? 
Gotta go eat!! 

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