Junk Asian – Needs Work. South Bank, Brisbane

Ten months ago I visited Junk Asian in South Bank and was really disappointed. I thought I would give them another try in the hope they have improved. Unfortunately, I had a similar experience again.

I will start with the good stuff! Soft shell crab bao was excellent! The bao was soft and heavy, the crab crispy. The masaman curry wasn’t bad.

We actually chose Junk Asian because we wanted to have a drink with our meal, low and behold, they had lost their liquor licence.

Okay now for the rest. The dumplings (usually my favourite part of a meal) were soft and mushy like they had been steamed from frozen. The roti to accompany the curry was a weird texture and very oily. It was partly crispy and then heavy with oil. It should be soft and lightly doughy when made fresh. The pork belly was deep fried and very oily, crispy on the outside and then just averagely cooked inside. The spring rolls were mushy inside but at least the sauce was nice.

I don’t particularly like writing reviews that aren’t nice, however you can’t always just share the good ones and I stand by providing authentic reviews. There’s many other places to dine cheaply on Asian food in Brisbane that is fantastic, I suggest going to one of them.

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Mucho Mexicano, South Bank, Brisbane 

Opening weekend at Mucho Mexicano in South Bank, Brisbane. 

Short review: cocktails and entrees are good, tacos are average. 

Longer review: I tried the strawberry, guava and apple margarita to start, it was delicious. The salt on the edge of the glass was the perfect combo. 

The mucho chips were a crowd favourite, I’d love to know what the seasoning was. The corn chips with salsa and avocado was nice but nothing to call home about. 

The grilled corn entree was spectacular. It had a beautiful cheese on it. 

The bug tostadas were also delicious. 

The tacos though were very average. Lacking flavour and anything special. Quite bland. I tried the pork belly and the snapper, the beef wasn’t great either. 

Friends ordered the share tacos with the beef brisket, it was a massive serving and apparently very good. 

Shame ceviche wasn’t on the menu. 

They did have an awesome mariachi band though! The three amigos pumped out great tunes and created a fun atmosphere the entire time. 

Ps. If you’re reading this Mucho Mexicano, please sort out your google location. I can’t direct my uber there without it! 


Mucho Mexicano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

South Bank Good Food Night Noodle Markets

I’ve been hanging to check out these markets, so when my friend Beth put out the cry on Facebook I was the first to respond! 

Well worth checking out. Heaps of great stalls, awesome atmosphere and it’s worth just checking out the installations – the effort and design that has gone into some of the pop ups is amazing. 

Won’t surprise you, I started with dumplings. From my fave Shanghai Dunplings, BUT! It was something not usually on the menu. Truffle and pork steamed dumplings. 4 for 10$. They were delicious as always but a little light on the truffle if you ask me. 

Next up we tried the Hoy Pinoy smoked BBQ marinated chicken stick – amazing. I can still taste the smoke three hours later. 2 kebabs will set you back $12.

It was hard to choose what next and I probably think I made the wrong decision. I went for Mr Luu’s Vietnamese steamed pork and prawn dumplings. 5 for $8. They were okay. They had a weird spice to them and I didn’t love the consist fancy. Should have gone for the bao or pho I think.

Just when you thought I was done, and I thought I was, I remember the waffle sticks. And with a soon to expire car park, the race was on. The line was large, it gave us time to debate our decision on which flavour. Nutella and strawberries won out and damn was it delicious. 

I’d love to go back and try Taro’s truffle ramen – it is on my mind. 

Definitely worth heading over to South Bank to check out! 

   
    
    
    
    
 

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