Boy and I had our first date night in Sydney! Since I’m absolutely obsessed with the vegan food over here, it seemed only right that we hit up another vegan spot. One place I kept hearing about was Bodhi, which did dumpling goodness and even vegan peking duck. Whaaaaat? You see, I had to check it out!
Boy ordered a Chinese Fairy, which was green fairy absinthe, cloudy apple, lime and ginger.
I think I remember him saying it was good, but pretty strong. Oh, absinthe. He’s really letting loose away from the family, eh.
I was in a wine mood (so as per usual) and we got one of their reds, which was actually one of their own wines.
There was so much on the menu, we had no idea where to start. I was wondering where these super cute hedgehod steamed buns were, but I was told it was only for their weekend Yum Cha. WHAT. So now I’m super determined to come back on the weekend and go vegan dumpling-crazy here.
We ordered a whole load of Oriental Tapas to share. Things started off with a Betel Leaf, Toasted Coconut, Crispy Soy, Lime and Chili Tamarind Jam.
It was…. A lot smaller that I thought. It was literally a mouthful (therefore very tricky to share, as I’m sure you can imagine from looking at it). Not really worth $4 in my eyes.
The next dish more than made up for it, though. It was the San Choy Bao with Asian Herb and Spiced Soy Mince, Lettuce Cups, Lemon and Bean Shoots. The mince was SO GOOD, I licked that bowl clean long after the lettuce cups had ran out.
We also got the Sweet Potato and Yam Tempura Spring Rolls, which was good but pretty heavy. I was good after just one of these.
Next, the steam baskets arrived. We were trying to eat quickly since everything was coming out so fast, which was good, but our table was only teeny so there wasn’t enough space for everything!
We ordered the Sweet Japanese Pumpkin Dumplings and the Fresh Shitake Mushroom and Asparagus Dumplings, both delicious.
We also got the Steamed BBQ Bread Buns, so basically the vegan char siu bao.
I liked the bun but not so into the char siu bao (probably because I know what the original tastes like) but Boy liked the filling and not the bun. Funny that.
Okay, this, is the shit. This is what you need to drag your ass over here for. The Bodhi Vegetarian Peking ‘Duck’, Hoisin Sauce, Cucumber and Pancakes. You know a dish is good when they put their own restaurant name in the title. Just look at this plate of glory.
It seriously blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out what was in it and how they got the texture and everything so perfect. Thinking about it now, I probably should have just asked. But at the time Boy and I were all MIND BLOWN.
Seriously so, so good. Peking duck lovers (me), this is it. THIS IS IT, I TELL YOU.
Dessert was an anti-climax after that, sadly. I was looking forward to some ice-cream, and that dessert says you pick any 3 flavours they have this week. Sadly, they only had 2 flavours. So 2 scoops chocolate and 1 scoop almond it was.
It was very pretty, but it wasn’t good. I’m nearly 100% they were soy-based ice-cream, which is not yummy. I wish they had Coconut Cream based ice-cream, so this is where I got let down. We barely touched it, I’ll be honest, and kind of just picked the fruit off.
BUT LET’S END THIS ON A HIGH NOTE – YUM CHA, COCKTAILS, VEGAN PEKING DUCK. GO, GO, GO.