Food and Drink


Hong Kong Express

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Tucked away in an arcade between Bourke St and Chinatown lies a little piece of Hong Kong, where Pancake Dessert House Eatery dishes up hawker-style food cheap, quick and spicy.

While an ample range of hot and cold pancakes is on offer, the bustling lunch crowd comes for the huge bowls of D-I-Y soups. Pick and choose any three ingredients, noodles and sauce and bam you’re away, all for $9.50. With dozens of fixins’ including King Prawn, wontons, braised pig skin and stuffed bean curd you won’t be starved for choice, and if soup’s not your thing other options include Baked Chicken Fillet with cheese and mushroom on rice or spaghetti ($10.30) or a Japanese pancake stuffed with Turkey, cheese, lettuce and sweet corn ($6.00).

I go with for the soup with Enoki Mushroom, Chinese Broccoli and the enigmatically named Fishmeat Dumplings, served with rice noodles in a beef brisket broth. My colossal bowl arrives steaming hot, bulging with veggies and dumplings. I am happy. The broth brings depth to the milder dumplings and broccoli, while the mushrooms, satisfyingly plump, do an impressive job absorbing the other flavors. After discovering the soup only comes with chicken broth my vego friend opted for the Tom Yum ($7.80), and was equally fulfilled with the sour, spicy brew.

The only downside? The portions are so generous we didn’t have room to try the name-sake pancakes. But that, as they say, will be another story.

Pancake Dessert House Eatery
Shop 17, 194 -200 (Mid City Arcade)
Bourke St, Melbourne
9663 1400
Open daily 11am – 10pm

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