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There’s very little that captures my attention as much as the prospect of discovering a new hole in the wall, cheap eats joint with amazing food. So when the Happy Gwailo and I found ourselves in Flemington one weekend, one of my top priorities was to check out the Happy Snack Cafe House.
Only the Asians can come up with a such a great, positive name. Asian restaurants are never have boring, ordinary names like “Wong’s Diner” or “Thai Curry House”. Instead, they have “The Lucky Dragon” and “Prosperous House”, or in this case, Happy Snack.
Powerhouse bloggers like Not Quite Nigella wrote about this place years ago, and it seems like nothing has changed. The walls are still yellow, and still covered with colourful menus. There’s still a large bain marie at the back, and best of all, prices haven’t moved much since 2014.
It’s not quite lunch time yet, so the place is nearly empty and my stomach isn’t quite ready for a heavy lunch. So I go for the beef brisket with toasted bread. The bread is light and crusty and soaks up the slightly sweet brisket gravy perfectly. The brisket itself is fall apart tender and full of flavour. And for $6, this is cheap eats indeed.
The Happy Gwailo goes for something more substantial – a clay pot full of yummy, peppery braised pork. It comes served with a large plate of broken rice. I didn’t realise broken rice is a thing. It’s exactly as it sounds – broken grains of rice. But because they are smaller grains than regular rice, they had a different, softer texture, and worked a charm at soaking up the amazing gravy. Of course, the braised egg was the best part. There is something incredibly delicious and comforting about eating hard boiled egg yolks with gravy. It takes me right back to my childhood – for me, this is comfort food at its best.
After a good feed, we walked out of the restaurant barely $20 lighter. If that isn’t cheap eats, I don’t know what is.
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