Verdict: Not going to win any awards, but a cheap Chinese bbq option in the CBD
Tip: The chilli oil makes it a better meal
Location: 160 Central Food Court, Perth CBD
Here at the Pavarotti, we have quite the love affair with the meat of the "magical animal" whether it be in a Banh Mi from City Provs or , or a Re Store Roll, Something we have not written about though is siu yuk, also known as Chinese style roast pork. There are some great spots to get your roast pork fix in Northbridge, but unfortunately they are that little bit too far from work get there and back in your lunch break.
Once rarely seen outside of Chinese barbecue houses, pork belly has become a staple of restaurant menus everywhere over the last few years. There are many Chinese old wives' tales about how to make the perfect roast pork, from pouring boiling water over the skin, to poking multiple holes with a needle, to even buying the pork from a Chinese butcher, the list goes on and on. Personally, I still think it is pretty damn hard to beat Chinese style roast pork. From the crispy blistered skin through to the juicy and tender meat rubbed in five spice powder, the combination of texture and flavor is sublime.
It was with great delight that we noticed BBQ Noodle House had opened up in the 160 Central Food Court, with the usual suspects of roast duck, roast pork and char siu (barbecue pork) hanging in a window. While the noodle dishes are sadly slightly over our $10 criteria, the roast meat dishes come in at a very Pavarotti friendly $8.90. It wasn't a hard choice between the three as quite frankly the char siu and roast duck didn't look particularly great.
For $8.90 you can't really complain about the portion size. A mountain of roast pork along with some vegetables (mainly cabbage) and a bowl of soup. There is the option to have their Chinese style barbecue sauce with the meat, but based on our experience it is a pretty average rendition and the meat is best eaten without it. While their barbecue sauce needs improvement, their chilli oil is on point. With some good heat and a nice strong flavor, it's a great addition to both the roast pork and the vegetables. The roast pork could have been juicier, but the skin was nicely blistered and came with a satisfying crunch.
Let's get this straight, this roast pork isn't going to win any gongs for the "Best Roast Pork in Perth", but it will do nicely to fill in a craving you in between trips to Perth's better Chinese barbecue establishments. We will be back to try the other roast meats on offer as looks can be deceiving.