Cheap & Fast Eats : Wonderbao, Mr Burger & Grill’d
Melbourne is a city that will not leave a person hungry. The variety of food choices from cheap eats to fine dining and the various type of cuisine available is hugely impressive. Anyway, overwhelmed by insanely rich food, I sometimes like to enjoy simple, cheap and fast eats. Here are some of my favourites.
STEAMINGLY COMFORTING : WONDERBAO
Located just out of the RMIT square, away from main street and through a lane way lies a small eatery that serves bao. Traditionally known as ‘bao’ or ‘pau’ – it’s a type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like dough that has been existed through many centuries as street-side snack in China. Back in Malaysia, when I get peckish at night, I would snack with bao and it’s so comforting. My favourites are ‘Char Siew Bao’ (Steamed pork bun), ‘Tau Sar Bao’ (Red bean steamed bun) and ‘Dai Bao’ (Big bun).
Wonderbao serves two types of bao – steamed bao and gua bao. The difference is steamed bao has the filling inside while the gua bao has open filling. Having been here few times, I can say that Wonderbao serves one of the best bao in CBD. It is also affordable – price of bao plus drink is less than $10.
If you haven’t had a chance to try this little gem out, slap yourself and go get some baos now. Oh! and don’t forget to try their home-made soy milk – it’s delicious.
MESSI-LICIOUS CHOMPS : MR BURGER
What’s more quirky than serving burgers from a movable truck that is parked in what seemed to be an abandoned warehouse space ? That’s the best part about the food truck culture in Melbourne. Mr Burger has now up to seven trucks travelling from places to places serving delicious burgers! I managed to chase up to one of them, located in an obscure place right across Queen Vic Market.
There is only three main items on the menu. For those who just want burger – there’s Mr Burger $10. If you crave for meat and all the extra goodies, go for Mr Meat $11. For the non-meat eaters, there’s Mr Veg $10.
The burger came wrapped in foil LOL – not much of a presentation ay. Never mind that, the buns are soft and the juicy beef patty was really delicious and punched with rich flavours. Also, having burger juice trailing down my fingers while eating the burger is truly finger-lickin’ good! Haven’t had that mess for a long time now :)
If you haven’t try Melbourne’s food truck, go chase this one down.
HEALTHY BIG BITES : GRILL’D
Recently, Point Cook has been graced with the arrival of healthy burger chain – Grill’d. Grill’d make their burgers fresh to order and their patties are made from the highest quality and the freshest ingredients. Their philosophy is to make burgers healthy and taste good. Interesting concept!
The burger range is extensive from beef, chicken, lamb meats to salad where you can also choose the type of buns and chips you like.
I ordered the Crispy Bacon & Cheese $11.5 that comes with grilled grass fed lean beef, crispy trim bacon, cheese, salad, relish & herbed mayo. For the bun, I went for the traditional (wholemeal blend) which was very fresh, light and airy. The patty was juicy and grilled nicely. My hubby had Mighty Melbourne $13.5 that comes with everything above plus free range egg and slices of beetroot.
All in all, Grill’d offers a good quick healthy family burger meal. Worth checking them out and don’t leave your family behind :)
Cnr Main & Murnong Street, Point Cook, Victoria
P: 03 9395 5700
Mon-Sun: Lunch & Dinner