A bunch of us walked to the city on New Year’s eve. After having a coffee people returned to the Buddhist centre, but I decided to go for my last meal out in Melbourne, not before snapping some pics of cool laneway graffiti.
I didn’t have much trouble deciding where to eat because my wishlist was narrowed down to the few places that were open during the holiday season. Chin Chin was one of those. It was very busy for a Monday, so I didn’t even bother trying to get a table and sat at the bar.
I was tempted to get a drink but with a party coming up that night it was only H2O for me. Because there’s no menu in their website, it took me longer than usual to study the offerings. I was torn between salmon, duck, and beef ribs. I tend to gravitate towards fish and duck whenever I eat out, but strangely this time the beef won, more specifically the twice-cooked Hopkins River beef short rib with coriander & Prik Nahm Pla (a classic Thai dipping sauce). The bartender suggested some rice to go with it but I had done enough cheating already and wanted something “cleaner”. The simplest vegetable side was the plate of iceberg lettuce hearts with cucumber, bean sprouts, herbs & Nuoc Cham (another classic dipping sauce).
The ribs were insanely tender and delicious, but very, very, very sweet. I relied on the sour and salty Prik Nahm Pla to try to cut through the syrupy sauce.
Twice-cooked Hopkins River beef short rib with coriander & Prik Nahm Pla (chili fish sauce) ($29)
The veggies gave my palate a much-needed relief. I did feel slightly ripped off for paying 8 bucks for stuff that normally is given out for free with a cheap bowl of Pho.
Plate of iceberg lettuce hearts with cucumber, beansprouts, herbs & Nuoc Cham ($8)
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