On a Thursday night as lightening splits the sky and a thick rain has set in, we are on the hunt for Chinese take out.
A couple of phone calls resulting in numbers cutting out leads me to believe the Asian cuisine of Bundaberg is disappointingly limited. Then I come across a basic looking white piece of paper with black writing. On the back reads A Spoonful of Sauce and an address in Bourbong Street.
We choose a large special fried rice, America pork belly, garlic prawns, Singapore beef (both served with noodles) and sides of dumplings and spring rolls. It costs only $46 which is a very pleasant surprise, even more pleasant when I pick it up from the store and the servings are abundantly generous.
Located up the far end of Bourbong Street and hemmed in by car yards, A Spoonful of Sauce is, literally, a hidden gem. The staff were friendly and personable in a way that shop owners in Bundaberg rarely ever are and it was almost shocking to see someone smile so genuinely.
The food was the closest thing to perfection we have ever tasted. The dumplings were moist and flavourful, the spring rolls both cute and balanced and the fried rice was cooked with some divine and satisfying talent.
The garlic prawns were delicious and not overwhelmingly garlic-flavoured as they can sometimes be and the Singapore beef and American pork belly were equally flavourful and well cooked.
The menu is missing other typically-found dishes such as sweet and sour pork, which is more than made up for the other wonderfully varied options that are available.
A Spoonful of Sauce deserves accolades for not only the quality of their dishes but also the very reasonable pricing and obviously happy ad passionate staff.