Spatula, Spoon and Saturday

Food Fabulous Food: Recipes + Restaurant Reviews + Travelling + Melbourne

MoPho Noodle Bar, South Yarra { Melbourne Food Review }

with 6 comments

MoPho stir-fried hokkien noodles

I am never a big fan of the whole ‘Asian-inspired’ or ‘pan-Asian’ type cuisine – not even when it’s drilled down to be ‘South East Asian-inspired’. Let’s face it, there is no such thing. But when the lovely fellow food bloggers Michele (of Iron Chef Shellie)¬† and Kat (of Urban Cook’s Journal) asked whether I wanted to go along for a LOLWL (Ladies of Leisure who Lunch) session at St Ali’s (at the time) brand new noodle house in South Yarra and my mother-in-law offered to watch Mini Me for a few hours, I promptly said yes. No, I’m pretty sure I said hell yes!

In fact I might have been hummimg Free as a Bird walking down Yarra St.

We got there a bit early on a weekday and were the only people in the restaurant. Our waiter had rocked up to offer us drinks. The drink list, at the time, was limited to a very small selection of uninteresting Asian beers and a couple of wines.

limited selection of beers

(Beers!)

The restaurant had a cool vibe with its simple decor and a very funky looking panda mascot (that I regret not having a picture of). Our waiter was friendly and service casual to reflect the style of this eatery.

Mopho Menu

(A part of the menu)

The menu at MoPho was divided into categories of soup noodles, wok noodles, salad noodles, curries and sides. Michele spoke of a sichuan pepper chicken wing dish that was featured on another blog that she had wanted to try. And who says no to chicken wings? Nobody, that’s who! We were all dead keen on the wings but unfortunately they weren’t available at lunch time.

, grilled pork belly, Asian herbs, sweet fish sauce, tamarind and scud chillies

(Glass noodle, grilled pork belly, Asian herbs, sweet fish sauce, tamarind and scud chillies – $15.50)

The three of us settled on three noodle dishes from each category of soup, wok and salad with each of us picking a dish of our choice. My choice was the salad noodle that was billed on the menu as ‘thin rice noodle, grilled pork belly, Asian herbs, sweet fish sauce, tamarind and scud chillies.’ I was slightly surprised that instead glass noodle salad had shown up. The dish reminded me strongly of the Thai glass noodle salad that I grew up but with a MoPho touch of Vietnamese influence with herbs and the Melbourne current love affair with pork belly – this was a dish that seemed most promising. Unfortunately, it was quite overdressed by fish sauce and we found the dish overpoweringly salty. Despite the fish sauce overload, I loved the combination of rich pork belly and a refreshingly light, herby glass noodle. The salad also contained scud chillies which provided a real bite for the chilli lover – just watch what you’re eating if you are not.

Shreded chicken, spring onion, semsame seends, chilli oil, egg noodle

(Shreded chicken, spring onion, semsame seends, chilli oil, egg noodle – $15.50)

Our noodle from the ‘soup’ category was the ‘shreded chicken, spring onion, semsame seends, chilli oil, egg noodle‘ was uninteresting. It wasn’t bad. Nor was it poorly made. The soup lacked the chilli oil kick that I expected – the rest of the ingredients didn’t stand out to compensate that. It was just uninteresting. No more to be said about this dish.

Hokkien noodle, slow roast BBQ pork, oyster mushrooms, broccoli stem, chili and garlic

(Hokkien noodle, slow roast BBQ pork, oyster mushrooms, broccoli stem, chilli and garlic – $17.00)

Michele had her heart set on the hokkien noodle stir-fry and that was our ‘wok noodle’ choice. I was never too keen on anything marked as ‘BBQ pork’ in a Chinese menu context because it usually involved horridly bastardised char siu roast pork so badly served up across many Chinese eateries here inAustralia. But this dish turned out to be our unanimous favourite. While the dish didn’t have the same interesting twist as the noodle salad, it was solid executed with well balanced flavours and texture. I loved the use of Chinese broccoli stems and oyster mushrooms to introduce different flavours & texture to the dish.

MoPho Plate of Pickles

(Plate of pickles – $4.00)

At our waiter’s suggestion, we also ordered a plate of pickles, which comprised of the house pickled peach, ginger, okra and green soy beans. Kat and Michele found them to be interesting. I can’t pass judgement on this one as I really am not into pickles and normally wouldn’t go near them.

Overall though, the menu was interesting enough to keep me going back in hope that the execution of the dishes improved. Despite my early misgivings about its ‘South East Asian-inspired’ theme, I enjoyed our decent grub in a great space. Of course, the great company couldn’t be excluded either.

MoPho Noodle Bar
Address: 9 Yarra St., South Yarra VIC 3141 [ Google Map ]
Phone: (03) 9827 0699

MoPho Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon

Read what other bloggers thought of MoPho:

  1. Iron Chef Shellie (my aforementioned dining companion, Michele)
  2. My Aching Head
  3. Ess Jay Eats
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Melbourne Foodie Adventure

This time last year I ate at: Il Posto Nostro on Hardware Lane, CBD

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Written by katspat

July 29th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

6 Responses to 'MoPho Noodle Bar, South Yarra { Melbourne Food Review }'

Subscribe to comments with RSS or TrackBack to 'MoPho Noodle Bar, South Yarra { Melbourne Food Review }'.

  1. The chicken wings are like crack….I’d go just for 2 plates of wings :P

    We should totally go back for a dinner! I want to try the chicken wings! -Kat

    Iron Chef Shellie

    29 Jul 11 at 7:24 pm

  2. I’m quite skeptical of anything south asian inspired as well. But sometimes, if you don’t give it a shot, you’ll never know. :)

    Yep. I need to remind myself that often. Mind you, even places that are supposed to be, say, Malaysian can be utterly horrid anyway -Kat

    Michelle

    30 Jul 11 at 6:17 am

  3. Mmm, plate of pickles sounds interesting indeed! The rest looks yummy… better go off and have some dinner now. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for visiting! :) -K

  4. I find that Asahi beer very nice. It’s super light and it goes well with asian inspired cuisine. Especially if the food is super spicy. :)

    It’s not a bad beer really but I find that the Australian Asahi is slightly different. -Kat

    Camila Faria

    2 Aug 11 at 6:21 am

  5. I can’t delete it… sigh… you will have to. Once again I didn’t mean to sound angry at all. I’m so, so, so sorry.

    Mez

    5 Aug 11 at 5:46 pm

  6. Many types of noodles are available in Mopho Noodle Bar in Melbourne. Menu of food is also very nice with good environment. Melbourne Venue Hire

    Melbourne Venue Hire

    3 Apr 12 at 6:26 pm

Leave a Reply