Thursday, June 17, 2010
I love Footscray for the way it constantly subverts my expectations. One time, meandering through the "little Khartoum" arcade, I spied some golden morsels in the normally-empty bain marie of the little Somali café. Oh, I thought excitedly - perhaps these are some rare golden morsel of East African street food, redolent with Red Sea spices? No - they were good old dim sims! In another subversion, I love that the Northern Chinese places, 1+1 and Dumplings & More, do better lamb kebabs than the tired old Nicholson St kebab shops. To really enjoy Footscray, you need to "give in" to it, go with the tide, and not let your expectations and preconceived notions get in the way. Otherwise, you might just stride on past Lutong Pinoy in the Footscray Market undercroft, assuming they are only good for fried milkfish and pork blood stew... and then you would totally miss out on their boutique line of imports by the fabulous Cupcakes by Paolo!
I have been just itching to try these since Maria of the Gourmet Challenge posted her droolworthy photos and reviews. However, Paolo's little beauties are only available on Saturday mornings, and are usually sold out whenever I have been passing by. This last Saturday, there were some left, and thank goodness - I don't think my beautiful pregnant friend who was coming over that day would have appreciated the runner-up prize of a bowl of pork blood stew to accompany her cup of tea!