Puff House Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | I needed to stock up on a few Asian groceries when I was in the city the other day. At the same time I needed a bite to eat, as the place I’d planned on visiting wasn’t open.

Walking past this place on Little Lonsdale Street, I realised that I’d be able to tick both boxes in one go. Up until a few months ago, the spot housed just the grocery store, Mr Rhino. Puff House quietly opened in the front section in July, and I’m glad I popped in.

They sell an assortment of Malaysian snacks. Their signature item is their Chicken Curry Puff. They’ve also got flavours like BBQ pork, and kaya. Beyond puffs, there’s also things like Burbur Chacha (a Nyonya coconut milk dessert), black glutinous rice dessert, pearl barley dessert, flavoured popcorn, and assorted kuih (weekends only for the kuih, they’re made fresh by Jean’s Home Catering in Box Hill).

I visited a few minutes before they opened, and a lot of the food was still being prepared for the day. I couldn’t wait around so grabbed a chicken curry puff and some kuih. Both as good as I’ve had anywhere. You can definitely tell why the puff is their signature item. The filling is fantastic, and the pastry so buttery, light and flaky.

Add it to your list for the next time you’re in the city. I know I’ll be going back to try more soon. Oh and the grocery store is very good too. I got all of the supplies that I wanted an more.

Puff House

361-365 Little Lonsdale Street
Victoria 3000

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Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 8:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 10:00pm

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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