Target Centre, 236 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC
No listed phone number
This cold Melbourne weather is making me hungry all the time and my simple lunch is not cutting it anymore! I long for something hot or hearty to fill me up. One problem I find with having a heavy lunch is that I start to feel sleepy by mid-afternoon… which is fine if I am at home and can have a nanna nap, but not so much when I am sitting in the office at my desk!
I have been coming here for a number of years now, even since the dear Ms D showed me what I was missing out on! Located not far from the Bourke Street entrance of the Target Centre, this busy lunchtime spot serves mostly noodles dishes, but I have seen some roasts (duck, BBQ pork, roast pork) on rice.
I come for the tasty yong tao foo. What is yong tao foo? It is like an assortment of small vegetables/tofu stuffed with fish paste. You can see some of the selection below.
You get to choose 6 items from the boxes in the front, what type of noodles you like and the sauce to go with it for $9.50. You have a choice of hokkien noodles, rice noodles, vermicelli noodles, spinach noodles and egg noodles and the soup choices are laksa, tom yum or plain chicken broth. I used to always order the 6 pieces with a mixture of hokkien and rice noodles and laksa soup until I discovered their chilli sauce and now I always go with the plain broth.
Their chilli sauce is one of the best tasting chilli sauce I have had! So much so, I am happy to pay the $8 per container it costs to have this chilli at home! The chilli sauce is not very hot, which is why I can eat saucers and saucers of the stuff (I have close to zero chilli tolerance!). I would love to know how I can make the chilli sauce myself at home, so if any readers out there know, please share!
This particular visit, I ordered dish no. 33, the Vegetarian prawn dish. It normally comes with egg noodle, but I requested rice noodle. It also normally comes with beanshoots, but I always ask them to leave it out! The dish comes with 4 pieces of the vegetarian prawn beancurd rolls (bottom left), 3 pieces of tofu, 3 pieces of eggplant, some slices of lady’s finger/okra, some bok choy and of course the noodles! Inside the vegetarian prawn roll, strangely there does not seem to be prawn, but there is carrot, chinese mushrooms and what looks like winter melon. It is very tasty though and I like the texture. I think there might be prawn paste inside? I had to share a table so I didn’t want to look too weird dissecting my food… I was already getting strange looks for taking my camera out!
You order from the front counter and they give you a ticket. Once your dish is ready, one of the staff call out your number and you collect it yourself. You also have to help yourself to your own cutlery, sauces and tea. A word of warning, the place does get extremely busy during lunchtime so you will probably end up having to share tables. The turnover is high and everyone eats and goes, so a spare seat will open up eventually – just hope that it is before your order is ready!
Over & Out, Rilsta xx