There's a huge Filipino presence in the western suburbs. In Sunshine, Chadz Chickenhaus (which sounds like a German restaurant run by an American frat boy) is actually the second branch of a Spanish-style chicken shop that also offers a range of traditional Filipino dishes (the original is in Werribee).
There's also great-looking butterflied chicken, a la Nando's, with chips if you like. $10 will get you two choices with rice and your choice of drink.
Halved eggplant with beef mince and egg, cooked to silkiness. I think this is called rellenong talong. It was quite mild in flavour but tasty, even better doused in lots of spicy vinegar available at the counter.
This was a yummy fish cutlet, very fresh and quite firm, somewhat like mackeral. I think it had been lightly fried before being served in delicious, lip-smacking stock. The green veg were really good too. It had bones and I was feeling wussy, so I mainly ate the stock and vegies.
Flaky, super-short pasty filled with potato cubes, a little minced meat and other goodies like sultanas. Chadz is connected to the Filipino grocery next door where, among other things, you can buy balut (instructions: "boil for 30 minutes") which are fertilised chicken eggs with a chicken embryo inside.
Desserts for next time!
If Filipino food is new to you as it is to me, I think Chadz is a great place to start. It's sparklingly clean, the food is very fresh and it's made with evident care. They have batchoy, a clear soup with pork offal, noodles and crushed pork crackling from Thursday to Sunday. Looking forward to heading there for the next lazy chicken and chip night, gravy or no gravy.
Thank you Clint via Facebook for the tip! You can also check out Dahon Tea Lounge in South Melbourne for Filo-style baguettes and more.
Chadz Chickenhaus (Facebook)
475 Ballarat Road, Sunshine
Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-7pm
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