On the first day at Melbourne, Mell and I met up with Margaret and Kerol. Margaret is a dear friend who came to Melbourne more than two years ago to study and was last seen on this blog on the pudu Mongolian Steamboat place we went for her farewell.
It has been over a year since we met in KL, I think I still had a different (and some said very tragic) hairstyle then.
KY, Mell, Kerol, and Margaret at Red Silks, Chinatown @ Melbourne
Chinatown at Melbourne is located at Little Bourke Street from the intersection of Swanston (the busiest street) to around the intersection with Exhibition or Spring Street. Red Silks is technically not really in Chinatown anymore as it is located in a little mall at Bourke Street half a block away.
The closest tram stop to the place would be Swanston/Bourke.
braised preserved vegetable with pork belly, eggplant, clay pot tofu with seafood
The restaurant offers quite a wide variety of Chinese foods; from noodles to single serving vegetable-on-rice to the more common “tai chau” style dishes, they have it all. As a licensed bar, they do serve beer & wine too.
For lunch, we ordered 3 dishes to go with steamed rice for the four of us.
lemon honey tea & iced milk tea, glorious fatty pork belly
I of course, ordered the braised preserved vegetable with pork belly (mui choi kao yok). While slightly too salty to be eaten alone, the dish goes very well with steamed rice with its fatty pork belly. If only they had chili padi..
The eggplant with minced pork was quite a strong tasting dish that goes well with steamed rice, I do find it a bit too heavy after a while though.
The clay pot tofu with seafood came with good size prawns, cuttle fish, scallops, crab sticks, green peas, and a generous portion of Japanese tofu in classy yummy gravy. This dish was as good as I’ve had from anywhere else.
Bullens Lane is at the heart of Chinatown
The portions were quite large and we actually did not manage to finish all three dishes. The bill came to about A$17 per person, still rather affordable in Melbourne standard. Other dishes in their lunch specials menu goes from $8 to $10.5 and like most other places around here, water is free.
Red Silk Restaurant and Bar
101, 1st Floor
200 Bourke Street
Tel: +613-9663 9922