I Insta-stalk a good lookin’ pork dish with the ferocity of a woman stalking a man with dimples and killer abs. Suffice to say, when got a glimpse of the crispy pork belly they’ve been serving up at Honki Tonki, I knew I had to get there for a bite.
A casual eatery with light wood furniture, comic strip pop art and vibrant signage – this is a casual, no-fuss place to plomp on a pew and enjoy some tasty grub. The only downside for me is that it’s in a pig of a location, right on Hindley Street, down the King William end. Ain’t nobody scoring a quick park out front.
The menu has a nice selection of noodles, meats and smaller starters. We decided to get a few thangs to share because who doesn’t like to try it alllll. They came out together so we got to just dig in, Asian feast style.
Our spread consisted of sesame prawn toast with sweet-chilli mayo, pan-fried pork and chives dumplings with soy and black vinegar caramel and handmade egg noodles with roast crackling pork. The prawn toast I thought was just OK.
The ‘nothing taste as good as skinny feels’ philosophy falls extremely short when it comes to deciding between steamed or pan-fried dumplings. I mean, I like to mix it up on the occasion but if anyone tells me they like steamed dumplings the best I will attempt a citizen’s arrest on them with the charge of ‘total bullshit’. Like Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Khaleesi of the blah, blah, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Mutha- f*cking Dragons – Pan-fried has the rightful claim to the dumpling throne. And speaking of royalty, these are close to it with their crispy bottom and flavoursome, juicy meat inside.
The crispy pork dish had to be our fave with its super crunchy crackling and juicy tender meat served with saucy, sturdy, house-made noodles. Oh, and let’s not forget the greens (which I usually do) – they were wilted beautifully and a perfect compliment to the other elements of the dish.
Another insta-reason for my visit to Honki Tonki were their egg waffles. A fluffy and fresh AF waffle with toppings that scream KIDS PARTY is really what I’m about and it did not disappoint. I’m talkin’ caramel topping, icing sugar, hundreds and thousands, Maltesers, cornflakes and pokey sticks with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Seriously though, what have I gotta do to get invited to a kids party these days?
I’ve got to say I was very impressed by what Honki Tonki had on offer. A casual, relatively cheap spot perfect for a quick tasty bite.
Until next time…That’s what she said.