S and I don’t mind spending money on food, but we highly enjoy getting our fill of delicious cheap eats. On one weeknight dinner, we met up with my brother for some Chinese food. Located inside the Target Center along Bourke Street, we found ourselves in front of a place called The Grand BBQ. It’s not a fancy place, despite its name. I think it’s more similar to a food stall, but with several tables and chairs surrounding the kitchen/preparation area.
I suggest you know what to order once you get in line, as the lady who takes the order doesn’t muck around. Don’t get me wrong; she wasn’t rude at all (at least I didn’t feel like she was). I’m used to the extremely quick way of getting things done in a Chinese eatery, and I don’t mind. The process was pretty simple too: place your order, pay and get your food stub, grab a seat (and some utensils on your way) then wait for your number to be called. The wait for your food won’t take very long. Maybe not during the lunch hour though, you might have to wait a bit during that time.
The serving sizes of the Chinese places we frequent in Welly can get pretty massive, so I was a bit surprised with how small the serving was when I got my plate of Crispy Pork and Roast Duck on Rice. I’m sure other people would already find this sufficient (maybe even generous), but I’m a big eater compared to most people I know and my definition of “small” is certainly debatable.
Fortunately, the flavors were on point! I found the duck to be the better meat, as the pork’s skin has already fallen off and some were no longer as crunchy as I thought they would be. The standard greens that came with the dish were greatly appreciated. I could pretend that they helped alleviate the amount of cholesterol I just ingested.
S was sorely missing some good, old beef at this point in the trip, so he went with the Wantons and Beef Brisket Noodle Soup. This also lived up to expectations, with S commenting that it reminded him of the ones we have in Manila. The beef brisket was extremely tender and the wantons were decent sized. It’s been a challenge looking for something similar in Wellington, where most wantons we’ve encountered were really more wrapper than meat.
One of their most popular dishes would be the Yong Tau Fu. It’s mainly different tofu or vegetable items, stuffed with fish paste or other mixtures like ground meat. In The Grand, you get to choose everything that goes in your bowl of Yong Tau Fu. Choose your soup base, type of noodles and the toppings you want. I think you get to choose up to six pieces. My brother went with the curry base, vermicelli and an assortment of toppings, from stuffed eggplant to fish balls and chicken dumplings. I thought it looked enticing and very similar to a laksa; I might have to get a bowl for myself next time we visit. My brother highly recommends it anyway.
The Grand BBQ: Target Center, 222 Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne