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MELBOURNE | Super Ling is the brainchild of Hotel Lincoln publican Iain Ling (ex Lee Ho Fook, Restaurant Shik) and chef Michael Li. It’s a Chinese restaurant with enough twists and turns to make it unique in Melbourne’s dining scene.

Located in a tiny space next to Hotel Lincoln, Super Ling is quite unassuming. It only seats 30 people and is adorned with white walls, a high ceiling, and a few posters featuring the likes of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. The menu draws upon Li and Ling’s Chinese Hakka heritage, as well as Ling’s place of birth, Mauritius. There’s a respect of ingredients and heritage here, and the food is a combination of traditional and very modern dishes.

There’s an assortment of small and large dishes to choose from. The star of the small items, and probably the thing that Super Ling has become best known for, is the mapo tofu jaffle. It’s a circular jaffle stuffed with Sichuan minced pork, water chestnuts and tofu that’s been stewed in a sauce flavoured with fermented bean paste. It’s a must order item. Also great from the small items section is the pork and scallop wonton soup with XO sauce, wood ear fungi, and winter melon in pork broth.

For larger dishes, try the delicious wok tossed clams with dried shrimp, onion, garlic, ginger, chilli, and Chinese doughnuts to mop up all of that sauce. The black fried rice, with squid ink, scallop, calamari, and egg is also a good option as a side.

Also not to be missed are the noodles – perfectly chewy handmade ribbons available with your choice of meat or veg. I’d advise you go straight for the offal bowl – you get to choose from two of braised pig’s ear, honeycomb tripe, beef tongue, and shin. It’s all slow cooked, and full of intense, wonderful flavour. When the time comes to satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s only one option, but it’s a good one -a  Chinese mille feuille. It’s layers of crisp wonton filled with White Rabbit candy and rice pudding, goji berries, and peanuts. It’s very good.

If you’re thirsty, there’s a big focus on wine, along with a few beers, cocktails, and native Australian ingredient sodas. There are seven wines available by the glass, but you’ve also got access to the Lincoln’s full 160 or so strong list which is available on request.

Super Ling

138 Queensberry Street
Carlton
Victoria 3053
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9347 5878
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Tue – Fri: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat: 6:00pm to 10:00pm

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