Chin Chin, Melbourne

An Asian restaurant not filled with Asians? Yes I’m one of those people that feel that a mark of a good Asian restaurant is full of Asians. If this criteria isn’t met then I don’t venture in except this once where curiosity got the better of me. How could a Thai/Viet fusion cause so much hype?

Chin Chin

Chin Chin

Man, this pad seuw was one of the top dishes of the trip. The slight sweet and spicy sauce with bursts of coriander gave an explosion of fresh flavours. Absolutely loved the rolled rice noodles coated with the right amount of sauce. Slices of seared wagyu were nice but it tasted only like beef – couldn’t feel the marbling.

Chin chin pad seuw

Pad seuw of six hour braised wagyu with gai laan, rolled rice noodles and crispy shallots ($24)

Extremely full from brunch at Hardware Societe I decided on the DIY pork roll ups entree. Made up of shredded pieces of suckling pig, fresh Asian slaw and herbs (coriander, basil, chilli) and plum sauce on a thin pancake. C loved the dish but I was a bit underwhelmed by it where at $19 I was expecting fireworks.

Chin Chin pork roll ups

Chin Chin Pork “Roll Up’s” – Red Braised Suckling Pig with pancakes, slaw and Asian Herbs ($19)

One of the most talked about dishes is the son in law eggs – deep fried egg with the yolk already running out when served. It was quite a heavy dish with the Asian chilli sauce a weird accompaniment. Again C liked it so it may just be me :P

Chin chin son in law eggs

Son in Law Eggs with Chilli Jam ($8)

Chin Chin was one of favourites out of my entire Melbourne trip – you can imagine what an impression the pad seuw made on me! Would love to try more of their extensive menu but another adventure for another time. Note that Chin Chin doesn’t take bookings so first come, first serve – I’ve heard dinner lines have a wait time of 2 hrs.

Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Atmosphere: 3.5/5

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Melbourne Series 2014

C and I went for an extreme food crawl through Melbourne for 4 days during the Adelaide Cup holiday. We thought we were smart going only on an Adelaide long weekend. We were not. It was Labour Day in Melbourne – luckily things were still open :) Here is a list of the places we ate at:

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