Junk Boat | Shop 11-12, Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Junk Boat knows how to throw a mean opening party, I know that for sure. Recently opened in the ever bustling food precinct of Southbank on Little Stanley Street, Junk Boat treated its guests to a spectacular visual feast of lion dancing, as well as a tantalising feast of Asian street food. I was lucky enough to be one of those invited guests and I just had to go back for more. So last Thursday night, when the other travel bunnie finished work, the three of us hopped across the river in our car and found ourselves at Junk Boat ready for a night of delicious treats.

They had kindly reserved a table for us next to the open plan kitchen bench, which in my opinion, is definitely the premium spot in the restaurant as it offers a perfect viewing point for the heated action happening in the kitchen and the chefs can present your dishes directly to your table (not to mention the lingering aromatic smell from the pans).

We snacked on some crunchy, slightly spicy lotus chips ($7) to start off with but it wasn’t long until we were presented with some steamed pork bao ($15 for 3). Filled with pork belly, quick pickled cucumber and peanut soy, the milky white buns were perfectly done -  fluffy with every bite. Beef massaman ($19) and crispy pork belly ($19) soon followed. The beef was soft and flavoursome, but I had my heart set on the crispy pork belly. Cooked in a kaffir lime and dark palm sugar caramel, plated in a little paddle of laksa then served with green papaya and cashew nut salad, the crispy pork belly was every meat lover’s dream come true. The dish had great depth of flavours as well as providing different textures. We also tried their Gangnam fries  ($10) - topped with house made kimchi, nacho cheese sauce, spring onion and nori. Warning, these spiced fries were unorthodox but damn good and highly addictive.

I’m thrilled that Junk Boat has joined Brisbane’s food scene. The team here have a fresh take on traditional Asian street food and the dishes are fun, delicious and very reasonably priced. So next time you visit the area, head in, grab a bubble tea, sit back and enjoy.

Disclaimer: DolceBunnie dined at Junk Boat as an invited guest, please note that my opinion is as always, my own.

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