BY KITTY JAN
Over her many visits, Tearaway Magazine’s Kitty Jan has fallen in love with Melbourne’s food culture. With winter in full force, Kitty shares some of her favourite Melbourne eateries to visit during the colder months.
Located in the inner city suburb of North Melbourne, in a beautiful brick villa, sits a small café that exclusively serves specialty chocolate. Mörk, which is Swedish for ‘dark,’ uses ethically sourced aromatic cacao to produce high quality, unrefined chocolate creations, in-house. It preserves the craft of chocolate making, giving customers a chocolate experience like no other.
My first visit was on a winter’s day in Melbourne. Having consumed countless cups of coffee, it was refreshing to enter a café that only serves chocolate beverages. Greeted with a sweet aroma, you step into an artistic world of chocolate creations. The sleek marble countertop displayed Mörk’s hand-made chocolate pieces and desserts, ready to eat.
Mörk’s hot chocolates are its specialty, perfect for a winter’s day. The ‘Campfire Hot Chocolate’ took drinking chocolate to a whole new level, as it captures the maple aroma for you to add to your hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is made with 70% dark chocolate served with maple smoke, charcoal salt and a toasted hand-made marshmallow – a chocolate creation that you have to reassemble yourself.
Ping’s Dumpling Kitchen
The diversity in Melbourne’s culture brings many delicious, authentic cuisines and Ping’s Dumpling Kitchen is no exception. Dumpling making is my family’s favourite past-time and I grew up eating home-made dumplings – it warms up my soul. Hence, I will never pass down an opportunity to eat fresh, hand-made dumplings.
Ping’s Kitchen makes fresh dumplings every day, giving its customers a taste of an authentic Chinese cuisine. With many different dumpling options available, boiled, pan-fried or in soup – my favourite is Ping’s pan-fried pork dumplings. Dipped in with chilli and oil sauce, it is a perfect meal to beat the cold.
Nothing beats a bowl of hot laksa on a winter’s night. Laksa blends the Chinese and Malaysian styles of cooking to make a bowlful of noodles in a unique curry soup base. Just off Newmarket Station in Flemington, Melbourne, there is an authentic Malaysian restaurant, famous for their curry laksa.
I travelled one stage, on the train from Melbourne central to experience the Laksa King delicacy. Buzzing and busy, I was lucky to get served and seated at a table. The chicken curry laksa did not disappoint, and warmed me up, with the perfect level of spice – a must try.
La Petite Crêperie
In the heart of Melbourne, with some resemblance of the famous Paris Avenue des Champs-Élysées, is a small French café, down Hardware Lane. La Petite Crêperie brings a slice of French cuisine into the city of Melbourne. Known for its crêpes, savoury or sweet, La Petite Crêperie is a cosy spot to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.
I accidentally stumbled across La Petite Crêperie, on my hunt to find a warm dessert. Their crêpes are served hot, and made right in front of you, topped with fresh fruits, sauces and even ice-cream, if you don’t mind feeling a cold bite.
I’ve only mentioned a select few of an endless array of cuisine that has filled my stomach and delighted my soul during the winter months. Be sure to check these places out on your next trip to Melbourne!