Relatively new to lower north shore area, this has fast become one of my personal favourites and probably one of the area’s best kept secrets.
It houses a hot pot of all your asian favourites… but served tapas. I’m talking Jap, Malay, Filo and Chinese food all served in the one convenient location.
SpaAsian tapas? How glorious! And if you come between Mon-Wed, you can even get their $10 tapas.
Sounds too good to be true but the owner (Alan) has made great strides to maintain the integrity of the combination of all these flavours. Housing a Filipino chef, a Malaysian chef, Alan has personally taken care of the rest by recreating Chinese home made favourites and studying Japanese cookery.
We begin with the spice crusted tofu and it is a wonderful play on your humble agedashi tofu. In fact, I think it is much better.
The tofu is squared off into bite sized pieces providing more surface area for a nice and crisp exterior. The edges of the tofu are super crusty and equally find themselves with a healthy dosage of soy.
Sprinkled on the top are the bonito flakes which to my surprise, are literally dancing along my tofu in beautiful symmetry.
The san choi bao is pretty mind blowing. Delivering generously on flavour and texture. It rightfully upholds all the flavours and is quite incredible. This is one dish that should not to be missed.
The roast pork belly pancake plays on a Chinese favourite. Instead of peking duck, here we have roast pork belly, all pre-prepared with all the trimmings and it is absolutely incredible.
The pork is slippery, silky and packed full of flavour. It doesn’t have the crunch factor of the skin but the flavour wholeheartedly offsets the need for texture. But then again, crackling is not something I would ever say no to!
I am told by the owner that the pork and prawn wontons were just hand made and they usually are.
Alan, grew up with his grandma making these family favourite for him as a child and lucky for us, he too has decided to pass on this family gem.
The translucent skin is neatly tucked around to expose the fleshy prawns and meaty pork filling. These dumplings are really quite remarkable that there really are no words.
I have to admit, the chicken satay lacked the wow factor of some of the other dishes. There was no mistaken the charcoals flavour but it somehow lacked the intensity of flavour that I was looking for in the marinade and sauce. It just left me comparing, if not longing for my favourite – Mamak.
Dishing up chunks of stir fry chicken, prawns, veges, bean shoots and roasted peanuts, the char kway teow was a tasty little number.
The crazy water is a broth of tomato, hot basil and coconut milk. It’s quite a fragrant dish with a spicy kick to it. I personally didn’t mind this considering I don’t really ‘do’ coconut. But Brazil, fish and water seemed to really hit it off. So I kind of left all three of them to their own devices.
This one’s for the road, so don’t be shy and make sure you pinch one of these yummy treats on your way out!
Welcome to Street Market Asian Tapas, for the best of Asian Tapas.
Street Market Asian Tapas Restaurant
02 9922 3111
Shop 3, 12 Fitzroy Street