“The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.”
― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days
The chance of travelling all seemed lost when Miss Hoggy arrived home. Determined to fight the Avioleavitis bug, ever the wanderlust, she decided to pack up again, towing some friends along, and went on a small road trip. All road trip needed a guideline: budget, destination, attraction. But none were more important than the Asian’s favourite: FOOD. And Melbourne CBD, a melting pot of culture, is a good start to explore all things food.
One thing that she did miss overseas was the burning taste of chilli, in its variation. So it’s no wonder that her first few days of this road trip were intensely hot. Literally.
Warning: Flamingly delicious food to follow.
Nothing’s hotter and more melting than the Szechuan’s spicy fish. Cooked in a broth filled with the numbing Szechuan pepper, with accompaniment of snow peas shoot and rice, huffing and puffing, with her eyes watering. Miss Hoggy then wondered why she bothered with it. As challenging as it was, this dish was actually really yummy. Believe it or not.
What about the richness of Malaysian curry? The fragrant and pungent smell of spices and coconut milk combination was heavenly. And a great way to soak all these flavours up was with the deliciously flaky roti canai. And if you find it too spicy, have a glass of sweeten soy milk ready as your cooling aid.
Well, the richness of curry and the intense heat of spicy fish did take a toll on her. So she headed down to Victoria St. in Richmond to have a lighter meal of Pho (pronounced as fuh), the famed Vietnamese rare beef or chicken noodle soup. And what does this have to do with chilli?
Guess what? Mine was filled with chilli!
While all those mentioned were the everyday affordable yumminess: they were all under $15! Great for your tummy, great for your pocket. But do not discount the amazing higher-end restaurants around town. My favourite, Gingerboy, has menu that combined Asian hawker-style food with a bit of the Melbourne chic-ness. Who would have thought chilli and white chocolate makes a great ice cream flavour?
Next week, it’s part 2 of the road trip in 10 days and Miss Hoggy can definitely promise that there’ll be less chilli (and food) involved.
Spicy fish, signature dish at Spicy Fish, China Town
Roti canai with curry chicken, at Pappa Rich, QV
Pho, one of the many pho restaurant on Victoria St, Richmond