If you thought Eat Street was the place to be this winter, then you clearly weren’t at the Sunnybank $2 Food Trail last weekend.
Following the success of the inaugural $2 Food Trail in November 2014, thousands (and I mean thousands) of Brisbane foodies descended on Sunnybank on Saturday 21 June for a second helping. This self-guided foodie adventure takes you through Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park, with special dishes on offer from participating restaurants and cafes. And at $2 per dish you can graze away to your heart’s content. If you are a first-timer the trail is also a great way to get acquainted with the sheer variety of cuisines available in Sunnybank without spending a lot of money.
This year’s trail officially started at 2pm and by the time I arrived at 4pm it was jam packed. After finding a parking spot I grabbed myself a foodie map and started planning my trail. The first stop was Sonful Noodles for some cold noodles with chicken strips. The noodles were served at room temperature but were nice, soft and flavourful. Yum!
Taro milk tea in hand (not on the official trail but I can never say no to Taro), I made my way to Landmark where they had dim sum and curry puffs on offer. By the time I got to the head of the queue they had sold out of dim sum so I opted for spring rolls instead. They were nice, but a little too greasy for my liking even with Taro milk tea to wash it down.
The longest queue at last year’s trail was for Vietnam Village Kiosk’s mini pork Banh mi which sold out before you could say Banh-mi. Not keen on a repeat performance I joined the queue early and managed to get my hands on one. A crusty white baguette filled with pate, mayonnaise, sliced pork, pickled carrots, daikon, strips of cucumber and fresh coriander – great flavours and very fresh.
Over at Sunny Park there were only 6 retailers participating in this year’s trail offering Japanese (sushi and Don), Chinese (dim sum and stir fries) and Vietnamese Pho. I was really hoping that Fortune Well Sichuan Restaurant would be offering their amazing dish from last year – cold chicken with chilli oil and asparagus lettuce (yes, that is a real vegetable) – but they weren’t taking part in 2015. Disappointed, I trudged back over the bridge to Sunnybank Plaza.
Keen for something sweet, I headed to Cafe Mi for an egg custard tart. Apparently everyone else had the same idea because they had sold out by the time I got there. I bought these lovely roast pork pastries instead. Not dessert but delicious nonetheless.
The Asian palette is more savoury than sweet so dessert options can be limited. The longest lines were outside BerryMe (frozen yoghurt), and Hot Cake House which serves up Japanese pancakes. These Taiwanese waffles with caramel and banana from MeetFresh were not on the trail but seriously good!
Where else can you go on a culinary journey and sample an amazing variety of cuisines with your spare change? All of this set me back a little under $20. If you get the opportunity to go, I can’t recommend this highly enough! There are plans for more $2 Food Trails so check out Sunnybank Plaza’s website or Facebook page for more details.
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