When it comes to food, most people know I have a pretty good appetite. But they also know I’m pretty fussy.
Not the 'nothing white, only gluten-free, organic, sustainable and grown within a 5 k radius' type (although if that’s your jam, then that’s totally cool) but it has to be good. Fresh, tasty and somewhat wholesome - and made with quality ingredients.
This means as a general rule, I try to avoid the food court and abstain from fast food. Unless it’s between midnight and 5 am and I’m a cocktail or five deep.
So when I do find something I’ll happily devour at the food court, it means I've found something pretty special.
Enter; Dongpo braised pork belly from FantAsia. I do love my pork belly. Flavoursome, rich, hearty and oh-so tasty. But, it is a bit fancy, and it's not the sort of thing you’d find anywhere less than a gastro pub, at a starting price of $25.
Well, FantAsia has turned that theory on its head. The Dongo pork belly at FantAsia comes in at under $15. Yep! And, it’s melt-in-the-mouth good – slow cooked every day for eight hours and served with rice and broccoli.
The dish takes it’s name from Song Dynasty poet and artist, Su Dongpo who was banished to Hangzhou and in his life of poverty, managed to improve the traditional cooking process. The pork is braised, then Chinese fermented wine and spices are added before stewing the pork low heat for many hours. The result is
The result is a dish that's rich in flavour, delectably tender, and filling without sending you into an uncomfortable food coma for the rest of the afternoon.
If pork doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other wholesome, tasty dishes from across Asia on the menu, including steamed Barramundi with ginger and shallot pesto with rice, Hanoi spicy beef noodle soup, gyozas and the always popular Tokyo beef – all made fresh, every day.
And you also have the option of having their low GI super rice instead of white with any of the dishes – which really is as delicious as it is healthy.
Wash it down with a Lemongrass and ginger tea, and your meal is complete. You know you’ll be back!
Check out fant-asia.com.au for locations and their menu.