Zhou Mum Cafe is a "3-choices-on-rice-from-the-bainmarie-of-love" type joint, feeding Chinese students from the University of New South Wales down the road. This isn't your shiny sticky Aussie bogan Chinese buffet, this is the real deal. The food is very Chinese, dang tasty and cheap. A huge serve of three dishes and rice is only $7.50 lunch, or $6.80 for dinner. With a free drink and free extra rice if you can possibly fit it in.
Dishes are pre-cooked and ready to go, just as you would find all over Asia. If anyone could tells us what the Chinese name for this type of eatery is we'd love to know. In trying to find out we found this funny guide to eating the Singaporean equivalent, economical rice.
The food is simple and homely. We arrive just before midday when everything is super fresh. The counter is split halfway between cold and hot dishes. Grab your free drink from the fridge.
Minced pork and veggies with blackbean; eggplant and lovely little bits of chicken on the bone. It's not photogenic but dang it tastes good.
Pork meatballs, spicy tofu with seaweed and some kind of pork ear terrine thingy with pickled veggies.
The free drinks are soy milk (still warm, yum!) and 'green bean drink'. We're not sure what green bean drink is, but we like it, refreshing and not overly sweet.
The student canteen vibe is fitting, with UNSW just down the road it pretty much is a student canteen. The food is great and quite healthy depending on what you choose, it's so cheap it's like a community service.
Zhou Mum Cafe Menu
Zhou Mum Cafe Menu
Zhou Mum Cafe is at Anzac Parade, right on the border of Kingsford and\Kensington. Phone 9662 8656. Sorry we didn't get the full address, it's kinda across the road from 85 degrees bakery :-) Note there is another Zhou Mum Cafe further up Anzac Parade towards UNSW that has a different menu.