Melbourne has been a cultural melting pot since the 1850s when a fevered gold rush took shape in Victoria. Since then, the City by the Bay has remained a home for people and cultures from around the world. You only need to look at the many Cantonese restaurants in Melbourne to see the influence of immigrants from China's Guangdong Province to see how important it’s influence has been to the culinary heritage of this dynamic city. Whether it's at Cantonese restaurants in Melbourne's Chinatown, or at enticing eateries in the suburbs, you don't need to venture far to enjoy the best of this world-famous cuisine.
Melbourne’s Cantonese restaurants have certainly got their own very special twist to them. While this cuisine is one of the ‘eight culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine’, the Cantonese restaurants in Melbourne are taking these traditions and making them distinctively their own. For example, in Melbourne Cantonese restaurant, Bamboo House in the CBD, you’ll find Cantonese favourites using local produce like sliced lamb fillets with shallots, pork ribs in Chinese vinegar sauces, steamed tsien tsien cabbage and slice barbecue pork noodles. A delightful fusion of both cultures, this one.
Cantonese cooking is a fine art. Ingredients like spring onions, rice wine, scallion oil and soy sauce are commonly used to enhance the innate flavours of quality core ingredients, whether that's a premium piece of beef or sought-after delicacy like the celebrated century egg. Spices and herbs are used more sparingly with this type of cuisine than other Chinese traditions, but you'll still find plenty of fiery heat from the likes of star anise, black pepper and ginger. When you eat out at Cantonese restaurants in Melbourne, look forward to traditional dishes like sweet and sour pork, stewed beef brisket and Cantonese style fried rice and if you fancy something special, opt for the salted duck egg served alongside sliced pork or stir-fried veg.
There's no shortage of dining destinations when you're in the mood for Cantonese food in Melbourne. If you're keen to eat in the heart of it all, the eastern side of Little Bourke Street in the CBD is the place to be, serving as the gateway to the oldest Chinatown in the southern hemisphere. Searching for Cantonese restaurants in Melbourne set away from the hustle and bustle? There's a great pick of exotic eateries in suburbs like Box Hill, Springvale and Glen Waverley. And to help you select the perfect one, take a look at the Quandoo selection and reserve online easier than you can say sweet and sour pork!