Located along Queensbury Street in Carlton, TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie is Hong Kong comfort food with French flair.
Made famous throughout Manilla with a total of five stores currently, TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie first hit the food scene in 2014 and has now opened its Melbourne outpost to great reception.
The eatery offers a gastronomic feast that brings together the best of Hong Kong on a plate from Speciality Fish Noodle Soups to Macanese dishes, Hong Kong curry, rich and creamy congee and authentic tea preparations.
Best-known for their own take on Xue Shan Bao, or otherwise known as Signature Snow Buns, it’s not surprise that these babies are just sheer yum! Each bun is made fresh every hour and is a soft golden bun with a crisp, sweet, streusel-like top which flakes perfectly upon eating.
The Signature Snow Buns come in four flavours, including barbecue pork, pineapple, salted egg custard and almond cream. We tried the barbecue pork and salted egg custard buns and they were seriously good!
Our top picks from the menu also include Pan Fried White Turnip Cake In XO Sauce – perhaps one of the most addictive and moreish versions of this yumcha staple we have ever had.
For seafood lovers, the Steamed Cod Belly With Chilli and Garlic is delicious. Think melt in your mouth morsels of silky fish in an umami laden spicy sauce. Yet another highlight is the Salted Egg Prawns. Think prawns encased in light and crispy tempura batter and laced with feather light egg yolk floss and aromatic curry leaves.
If you like offal prepared well then the Soyed Mixed Offals is a dish for you. The offal was cooked perfectly and swimming in an umami-laden soy broth. Just yum!
For something heartier the curries are like a big giant hug – spiced, creamy and perfect with fluffy rice. The Macanese Steak with black pepper sauce and mushroom rice is another satisfying dish - generous and flavoursome.
To finish your meal on a sweet note we recommend the mango sago with pomelo as well as the tofu puddings – these are traditional desserts that are truly gratifying and refreshing.
Open 11am to 11pm daily, TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie creates a distinct dining experience by cultivating Chinese culinary tradition within a sophisticated yet cosy feel. In Chinese tradition, the circle is a symbolic shape that stands for unity, perfection and fulfilment and is the translation and meaning of TuanTuan. At heart a brasserie, TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie brings together the finest ingredients, sophisticated French ambiance and authentic Hong Kong café experience to elevate casual dining moments.
Location: R1, 139 - 151 Queensberry Street, Carlton
Phone: 03 99955407