For our dinner we all decide to get a bao each, then a main item. Since I loved the chicken bao so much last time I’m quick to choose that option, which is buttermilk ramen chicken with iceberg lettuce and chilli mayonnaise ($7.00). The girls both opt for the miso glazed lamb shoulder with pickled orange and carrot relish and coriander bao ($7.00).
My chicken had great crunch, and I thought the use of ramen noodles in the coating was really clever. I did however find that it wasn’t as good as their crispy chicken bao from the night markets – there was something a little bit moorish about that version. But that chilli mayo needs a bit of a special shout out, that was just plain delicious!
Carlie and Sherilyn both rave about the lamb shoulder and I can see why. It looks vibrant and textured, with lots of fresh injections of flavour to compliment the pillowy soft bao. I’ll have to try that one next time!
For her main, Sherilyn chooses the shoyu ramen ($14.90) which is hanoi chicken in a soy based broth with 62 degree egg, fishcake and nori. She chooses to add chashu pork for an extra $3.50. This had a lovely layered flavour profile which wasn’t quite as intricate as others I’ve tried but a decent enough rendition, and I thought that the egg was extremely appealing the way it slowly oozed out into the broth.
I love the large wooden spoons that accompany all ramen bowls there too. It might be a little on the trendy side, but I think they’re quite functional too – meant for big mouthfuls perfect for slurping.
Not feeling too hungry Carlie chooses the roast pork belly with ginger wine jus and lychee salad ($16.00). It came out on an awkwardly small plate not really ideal for cutting into the meat or even accessing the salad without spilling it everywhere. But that said the pork had a finger-licking good sticky sauce that complimented the freshness of the lychees and fresh ingredients.
I did find the crackling crisp but a little too sticky for my personal preference, but the meat was quite moist and tender which made up for this. All in all, a nice dish but definitely one I would think is better as part of a share meal than individual. It ended up proving a little too rich for her to finish.
It took me so long to choose what to order. The ramen definitely caught my eye but in the interest of trying something different I ended up choosing the szechuan pepper soft shell crab with watermelon and nam jim dressing ($17.00). It came out as five chunks of crab accompanied by young mango and raw enoki mushrooms.
I love soft shell crab but I do think that the accompanying flavours need to be mindful of the delicateness of the meat. It’s so lovely and sweet, and in this case it was overpowered by the szechuan pepper flavour which was a bit of a shame. I did think that the crab was wonderfully crunchy though which is definitely what you want when eating a dish like this. The watermelon in this was the perfect accompaniment – somewhere between sweet and sour, and juicy.
I thought this dish was pleasant and tasty enough but didn’t quite reach the heights of other soft shell crab dishes I’ve had elsewhere. Also without a side of rice or noodles it became a bit same same. Next time I come I think share dining is the way to go which is probably what they intended for this part of the menu.
Not feeling quite satisfied we tossed up getting more savoury items to eat but ended up unable to distract ourselves from the dessert options. We decide to share a serve of the fried jackfruit wontons with black sticky rice and coconut ice-cream ($15.00). I loved the sound of those flavours!
The wontons were golden and crisp; the jackfruit sweet and syrupy. I thought the black rice texture was on point – glutinous and slightly nutty in flavour. The real star on the plate was the coconut ice-cream – it was jam-packed with creamy coconut goodness; every bite was wonderful when you scooped this up. A nice way to finish our meal for sure.