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Category Archives: Cheap and Cheerful


Photographs: David Straight The hilarious name, a badly translated menu (some of it’s in German?), the picture of Helen Clark circa 1996, and a chance to meet the owner – Grumpy Dumpling Lady – are reasons enough to visit Chinese Dumpling King. Situated next door to the fish market in the Lim Supermarket complex on […]


Photographs: David Straight Its very brilliant moniker aside, Wang Wang Spring Pancake – to use its full name – is a small, spotlessly clean little shopfront on Dominion Road – the service is friendly, and they will happily tell you what to eat and how much. They serve many things here, but they’re side shows […]


Photographs: David Straight We’re not quite sure why they called it Dumpling Ace. Don’t get us wrong, the dumplings here are very good indeed – we’ll get to them in a moment – but they’re not quite the star attraction. Dumpling Ace is a simple little restaurant in the Northcote Town Centre: bare timber-veneer tables, […]


  Photographs: David Straight We found Dak Hanmari when we went looking for Dak Galbi – a classic working-class Korean fried chicken dish: we can’t find it anywhere else. It’s a small joint up the top of Queen Street, reached a few steps down off the street: there are burners in the middle of the […]


Photographs: David Straight Quite often, the pleasure in fish and chips is circumstantial: eating them on a wharf, say, fending off seagulls or sitting on a beach as the sun goes down. As long as the fish isn’t too overdone and the batter isn’t undercooked, you’re happy. Sometimes, though, it’s about the fish and the […]