At the recent Taste of Melbourne Festival I met the very talented Victor Liong from the acclaimed Lee Ho Fook restaurant in Melbourne. Lee was presenting in the Electrolux kitchen stadium and was sharing his passion for his unique blend of Australian cooking which combines Chinese tradition with French heritage and then swirls it all enthusiastically together with a little Australian flair. This sounded like my dream cuisine and so I booked at table at Lee Ho Fook in the city.
Located right in the middle of a Melbourne foodie sweet spot in Duckboard Place, my walk to Lee Ho Fook took me past some seriously great eateries.
A moments pause as my friends and I all failed the IQ test of the handprint responsive sliding door and then we emerged from a narrow flight of stairs to the dining room itself. The main dining room boasts exposed brick, timber window frame, pendant lighting and a few sweet little windows that help provide a sense of place and surrounding.
We started with the Savoury tea egg, avruga and dill ($5-).
Then as I was ordering in a group, we sampled quite a few other dishes.
Peking Wagyu Beef and Carrots Sang Choi Bau ($38).
Sweet and Sour Pork ($32) with Lee Ho Fook Fried rice ($10).
The most delicious dish I tried was the Crispy Eggplant Cigars in spiced red vinegar caramel ($20). Salty, crispy, tangy and sweet, this dish provides everything your palate could ask for and it is one of those dishes that you “go back for.”
I can’t lie, the Chicken Crackling $8- was all sorts of fun and also hit some great notes of spice, salt, fat, freshness and crunch.
Dinner was interesting and delicious with a great combination of strong, zesty flavours and more subtle and reliable notes. Service was fine and the dining room had a calm charm.
I have now had the pleasure of meeting Chef Victor Liong and tasting his food and I enjoyed dong both things. Pop along to Lee Ho Fook for the memorable eggplant dish and try some of his amazing, creative food.
Address: 11-15 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone:(03) 9077 6261
Thursday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Friday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Dani B xx
Hello I am Dani, thanks for stopping by. I have a passion for all things food and I post regular reviews, events and simple recipes with big flavours. Read more about Dani B and Eat My Street by clicking here.