Autumn in Wellington is the best time of the year, in my opinion. It’s cold but not yet freezing, and I love it! Unfortunately, the colder days are making me miss eating at Wonder Bowl. It’s a hidden Chinese restaurant in Melbourne specializing in Asian noodle soups and the use of Chinese rice wine. The one we visited was tucked away in the first level of a place along Little Lonsdale Street. S and I would never have known about the place if my brother wasn’t there with us to show us around.
Wonder Bowl’s menu has so many options that it was tough to choose which one to get. After umming and ahhing over what to go for, I settled on the Superior Soup with Pork Balls. My brother went with his favorite Superior Soup with Drunken Chicken, the restaurant’s bestseller. Both were fantastic! They look simple, but the flavors are beautiful. You also get to add how much Chinese rice wine you want on your own. Start with a few drops and add more if you feel like it. The Chinese rice wine makes each bowl of soup a little bit different. Of course you can leave it out if you don’t want any.
Another thing worthy of attention is the noodles they use. The rice noodles were perfect with the soup, especially with their silky texture. I’m also a fan of its chewiness. I wouldn’t mind having this type of noodles all day, everyday!
In case it’s too hot for soup or you just don’t feel like having that, Wonder Bowl also has other types of dishes you can enjoy. The Crispy Noodles were delicious as well, and they come in a variety of toppings. It’s good to note that these are served using egg noodles, so the texture isn’t going to be as chewy as the rice noodles. They’re still delicious though!
The deep fried chicken spare ribs are a must-have! They’re delicious and serve as a great side dish to any noodle bowl you get. I also recommend getting the cold luo han guo or monk fruit tea. It helps detoxify the body and is said to help eliminate the heat inside the body. I know the taste of this herbal tea may not be to everyone’s liking, but if you’re feeling adventurous, do give it a go. I hope you’ll find it as refreshing as I did!
Wonder Bowl: Level 1, 267 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000