Amoi, Melbourne CBD (Online)

MELBOURNE | Amoi is a lockdown side project started by Evii and Abby last year. Like many foreign workers in hospo, the Malaysian duo found themselves without work and government support when lockdowns first hit. Being unable to return home, they decided to start making one of their favourite dishes that they missed from back home, Lo Mai Gai. Both for those missing a taste of home, and those looking to try something different.

Literally translating from Cantonese into English as “glutinous rice chicken”, lo mai gai is a classic yum cha dish that originated in Guangdong, China. Along with the glutinous rice and chicken, the dish also typically contains Chinese mushroom, Chinese sausage, and spring onions. The mushrooms in Amoi’s version contains mushrooms braised in a special house marinade, and fried Chinese sausage.

Amoi’s lo mai gai is served in a foil pie tin, with a side of chilli sauce. Simply steam or microwave it, and enjoy. They last up to a month in the freezer too, so make a perfect quick lunch. The texture and medley of flavours are wonderful.

Evii and Abby work part time at Raya at the moment, and it’s here that they make their lo mai gai. Preorder by DM over at, Mon-Sun, for Tuesday pick up from Raya, or Tuesday delivery.


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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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