Located next door to Astonish Patisserie, MW at King William Street is a good place to enjoy Chinese dishes in a quieter part of the CBD. As with their branch on Hindley Street, you can choose from a selection of condiments to give more flavour to your dishes.
Also known as Nasi Lemak, their Crispy Chicken with Coconut Rice is one of the dishes that are offered as a special during the summer months. The pieces of chicken were of a generous size, with crisp skin setting off the succulent flesh. Accompanying the chicken was a fried hard-boiled egg covered in a sambal that had a nice sour tang, and the coconut rice had the degree of coconut flavour we desired.
Crispy Chicken with Coconut Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for vegetarians or those wanting something a bit different from the usual meat dumplings, their Leek & Mushroom Dumplings gets its distinctive flavour from the good amount of mushrooms and leek used in the filling. The dumpling skin had the typical crisp base of a fried Chinese dumpling. Served alongside the dumplings were the store's special 'dumpling sauce' to add an extra element of flavour.
Leek & Mushroom Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the noodle soup dishes that form a core part of their menu, the generous amount of pickled vegetables in their Fish with Fried Pork in Rice Noodle Soup gave the broth a delightful tangy flavour. The pieces of fish and pork were all cooked to perfection and the rice noodles cooked to al dente. The cabbage leaves gave the dish an element of freshness.
Fish with Fried Pork in Rice Noodle Soup (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you prefer 'dry' noodles, their Chongqing Noodles is a good choice. This dish had a generous amount of minced pork, which gave the dish a meaty texture. The chilli in the sauce dressing the noodles provided a potent spicy kick. To best enjoy the dish, toss the noodles thoroughly to mix the sauce in with the noodles.
Chongqing Noodles (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from Nasi Lemak, the restaurant's other summer specials include chilled rice noodles, Japanese style cold noodles and Bun Bowls, the restaurant's name for Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad Bowls. The décor gave the restaurant a cosy feel and the restaurant's close location to a tram stop makes getting there easy.