I was in the city again yesterday Doing Stuff and was determined to try Wonderbao. After wandering around aimlessly I finally found it. And realised I’ve walked past it many times from the outside alley.
The vegan options were ‘Choi bao- shiitake, tofu and vegies’ for $2, ‘Taro bao’ for $1.70 and ‘Fried Silky Tofu Gua bao’ for $3.80. So what’s a hungry vegan to do? Get all three!
All three were delicious although I did feel a bit alarmed when I ate the fried tofu bao as I thought “uh oh, does this have egg in it?” I did specifically ask for vegan as a comment by Wonderbao on their Facebook page said their ‘V’ options were vegan so I am assuming there was no egg. I hope there was no egg. I don’t think there was egg. Looking at my photo I now wonder what the red dot is made from? I kept the taro bao (on the right in the photo below) last as a sort of dessert:
There’s a bench along the window with seating for about 5 or 6 people but I ate my lunch outside the State Library. Wonderbao is quite small so people placed their orders then stood outside in a lobby waiting for them. I didn’t wait long and the staff were friendly. I’d go back again as the bao were all very tasty.
Wonderbao is located at Shop 4/19-31 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. Go in to the lobby on A’Beckett street and walk a little ways. Wonderbao is on your left at the end. If you’re coming from the Melbourne Central direction, walk down Swanston St and turn left on A’Beckett. After a very short walk, 19-31 will be on your left. I think they do cash only (I saw a ‘cash only’ sign but can’t remember now if it was in Wonderbao or somewhere else).
Last week I blogged about my lunch at the RMIT University Realfoods Cafe. I was in the same part of town today and knew exactly where I wanted to go for lunch! Actually, I had planned on going to Wonderbao but forgot the address so decided on Realfoods this time (then worked out I had practically walked past Wonderbao, doh).
The lunch rush was well and truly over and the only thing left at Realfoods was vegan pizza and desserts. I got one of both 😉
The pizza was really tasty. But the raw tiramisu I bought for $7.50 (it’s my last hurrah dessert as I’m about to start a ‘diet’) was amazingly amazing. Oh my goodness. If you ever thought eating raw meant you miss out on desserts, you are so so so wrong. You’re from Planet Wrong. It was simply divine and that’s all I can really say about it. It was very thick and rich and so good that I couldn’t put it down to take another photo. It’s $7.50 well spent but I advise you to savour it. Not shovel it in like I did, because I was in a bit of a hurry.
I also took some photos around town. I do have to wonder: since when did being a uni student involve dressing like one is going to a fashion show? Back in my day it was all about the jeans, flanny shirt and Blundstones. Maybe I’m just old?
Here are some pics from around RMIT:
The State Library of Victoria:
Australia On Collins:
The Shot Tower at Melbourne Central:
Other stuff in Melbourne Central:
The Block Arcade:
Pretty trams all in a row:
Mercifully, the temperature has dropped in Melbourne so it was perfect weather to walk around and take my time about it!
I was in the city again today near RMIT (that’s the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University) so for lunch I decided on RUSU (that’s RMIT University Student Union) Realfoods (whew). RUSU Realfoods serve organic fair trade vegan and vegetarian foods. I’ve had some delicious raw meals and dessert from there before and today I went for the brown rice with the three curries on offer (veg and lentils). For $8.50 I had a delicious filling lunch:
I was eyeing off the lemon coconut cake but as I decided this morning to stop the sweets (as much as possible *cough*), I sadly waved goodbye to it.
I would have taken more of my usual city photos but my camera battery was low so today all you get is the food 🙂
RUSU Realfoods is located at RMIT University City Campus, 360 Swanston St, food court, building 8, level 4, Melbourne, Australia, Earth etc. They are only open during the university semesters.