It's weird but it works
Easy Tiger, on Smith St, is yet another small restaurant focussing on "Street Food" from South East Asia. I love this concept, and I've become quite a fan of the offerings available to us in Melbourne along these lines. They also have a pretty nice selection of boutique beers, which given that it was 30 degrees the night we went, were a welcome accompaniment.
There are the expected single serve pieces (Betel Leaf, Thai Fish Cakes, Spring rolls), then some things which may be expected by people more knowledgeable than myself but were new to me. The Ma Hor - a prawn, pork, and chicken minced ball served on top of a piece of watermelon - was a great little appetiser.
The larger rice dishes are designed to complement each other. So when ordering it's worth asking the waiters (who are more than willing to offer advice) which combinations of dishes you should go for if you find yourself with multiple preferences as we did. We eventually went for the duck & watermelon salad with peanuts, mint, coriander & green chilli nahm jim ($26), and the coconut braised blackmore wagyu beef shin with pickled cucumber ($30). I had a slight preference for the duck, but nothing was left on either plate by the end of the night, the interplay of the flavours of both were a real treat.
Speaking of treats, Easy Tiger has a dessert with a reputation that preceded it. Chocolate dumplings. Oh yeah. Full name monsieur truffle chocolate & pandanus leaf dumplings with melon & salted coconut cream ($14, we paid $5 extra for a fourth dumpling). Another interesting flavour combo, but this one involved chocolate so I was always going to be a fan.
Great food for a warm Melbourne night. The undercover outdoor dining area out the back was particularly fitting. Well worth another visit.