For those seeking a tantalizing fusion of traditional Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist, the vibrant culinary haven of Hochi Mama beckons. Nestled within Melbourne’s CBD, on the bustling Little Bourke Street, this revered restaurant and bar offers a cornucopia of delectable dishes, ideal for sharing with cherished companions.
Drawing inspiration from Vietnam’s rich street food culture, Hochi Mama’s menu harmonizes authenticity with modernity. It boasts a repertoire of revered classics such as pho, banh mi, and spring rolls, alongside audacious creations like crispy chicken ribs, soft shell crab sliders, and pork belly bao. Portion sizes are generous, while the flavors dance with boldness and freshness.
Embark on a culinary adventure and savor the following signature dishes at Hochi Mama:
Mama’s Fiery Fried Chicken: Brace yourself for an explosion of flavors! Tender, crispy chicken pieces are artfully coated in a vibrant sauce infused with chili, garlic, lemongrass, and fish sauce. A medley of pickled vegetables and lime wedges accompany this dish, expertly balancing its tantalizing heat.
Hanoi’s Golden Spring Rolls: Prepare to redefine your notion of spring rolls. Delicate rice paper wrappers are lovingly deep-fried to a resplendent golden hue, enveloping a harmonious blend of minced pork, succulent prawns, vermicelli noodles, mushrooms, and carrots. A tangy dipping sauce, crafted from vinegar, sugar, fish sauce, and chili, provides the perfect complement.
Crying Tiger: A symphony for beef connoisseurs awaits. Immerse yourself in the splendor of thinly sliced beef sirloin, marinated in a captivating blend of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Grilled to perfection, the succulent meat is accompanied by a spicy tamarind sauce, destined to evoke tears of unadulterated joy.
Coconut Caramelized Pork Belly: A sensory delight that transcends the ordinary. Tender morsels of pork belly are lovingly braised in a symphony of coconut water, sugar, fish sauce, and star anise. Topped with a delicate garnish of crispy shallots, this masterpiece is served alongside steamed rice and a medley of Asian greens.
Banh Xeo: Embark on a culinary voyage with the Vietnamese pancake. Crafted from a harmonious blend of rice flour, turmeric, coconut milk, and water, this delicate creation embraces a lavish filling of pork, succulent prawns, crisp bean sprouts, and fragrant herbs. Accompanied by fresh lettuce leaves and a dipping sauce infused with fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and chili, it is a symphony of flavors.
Complementing the exquisite cuisine, Hochi Mama boasts an eclectic selection of beverages. Indulge in an array of tantalizing cocktails, wines, beers, ciders, spirits, mocktails, soft drinks, juices, teas, and coffees. Among the captivating cocktails awaiting your palate are:
Hochi Mama: Embark on a journey with the restaurant’s signature libation. A delightful fusion of vodka, lychee liqueur, passionfruit puree, lime juice, and mint leaves, this refreshing concoction promises a fruity symphony.
Saigon Sling: A delightful twist on the classic Singapore Sling, this enchanting creation blends gin, cherry brandy, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine syrup, and soda water, delivering a symphony of sweetness with a tangy edge.
Pho-jito: Drawing inspiration from Vietnam’s renowned soup, this creative cocktail tantalizes the senses. A captivating blend of rum, lime juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves, coriander leaves, chili slices, and soda water, it offers an aromatic and spicy symphony.
Hochi Mama warmly welcomes guests from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Reservations can be made effortlessly through their online platform or by contacting (03) 8359 3300. Alternatively, indulge in the convenience of takeaway or delivery through their user-friendly website or app.
For an unparalleled culinary experience, where the flavors of Vietnam dance harmoniously with contemporary allure, Hochi Mama awaits your presence in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Prepare to be enchanted by their vast array of tantalizing offerings, destined to delight your palate and leave a lasting impression.