Myth Cafe, 48 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne. Phone: 0460 659 400
Journeying to Myth Cafe – for the first of two visits – we muse about its location.
West Melbourne? Qualifies as western suburbs under our always rubbery definition!
West Melbourne? Kinda handy to our inner-west home, actually – a nifty, sweet drive that is easier to navigate than, say, St Albans or Werribee.
West Melbourne? Close to North Melbourne shops and Victoria Market, but not a part of either; just sort of a small nowhere it seems to us.
So despite the ease of our journey, we wonder: Why?
We soon find out.
Myth Cafe is located in shop-level premises of a modern apartment block. There are others like it nearby, as well as many cool houses, many of two levels, of the type so prevalent in the residential areas that fringe Melbourne’s CBD.
Moreover, this housing – and local workplaces – seem to provide a handsome supply of Myth Cafe customers.
For good reason – the Myth Cafe food is excellent. It is very affordable. It’s a small and newish operation that is destined to soar and is already garnering many hot google reviews.
Out advice: Get in before the hordes respond to inevitable coverage in Broadsheet, Timeout or similar.
Delivering Malaysian food, Myth Cafe is still in the process of marshalling its resources.
So far, this means its specialty – yong tau foo, “a very Chinese (Hakka) dish common in Malaysia” (thanks to a knowledgeable friend for insights on the food here!) – is served up during the week, with a small range of broader and more diverse dishes available on Sundays.
But sometimes on other days, too! It’s a changeable situation.
More advice: Lock into Myth Cafe’s FB page, on which its crew regularly updates what’s what and what’s to be got.
Yong tau foo? Ha! We’re very cool with that, having enjoyed it quite a few times at M Yong Tofu in Flemington and a few other places, too.
Bennie enjoys the chee cheung fun premium ($17.50), with the various surimi-style stuffed items surrounding wide noodles bathing a tangy bean paste-based sauce.
For me, it’s the same yong tau foo with curry noodles ($15.80) – it, too, is most excellent!
Predictably, we both enjoy the luscious stuffed eggplant the most, but all the yong tau foo is superb.
The great thing about it here is that despite all being made from the same base ingredients of smashed pork/fish/tofu, each piece/variety seems to have a different texture and even flavour.
Cooking smarts in abundance!
On our follow-up visit, we respond to FB notification that two of the Sunday specials will be available to us as week-day lunches!
Stonking good they are, too!
My khao jam ($17) is a marvel of flavour and texture – it’s a sort of rice-based salad plate!
It’s served with fried chicken, salted egg (very, very, very salty!), fish crackers and various kinds of sublime crunchiness.
Bennie’s nasi kak wok ($15) is less flamboyant, but no less enjoyable.
Chicken curry and marinated fried chicken are accompanied by steamed rice and accesssories.
He particularly enjoys the marinated chicken.
And not for the first time, we muse that when it comes to fried chicken of various kinds, countries that start with the letters M and J generally have it all over those that start with US!