DIANA CHAN BRINGS THE HEAT TO MAKER & MONGER WITH A LIMITED EDITION TOASTE
MasterChef winner Diana Chan and Anthony Femia from Maker & Monger have teamed up for a delicious (and different) limited edition toastie. Available from Saturday 30 January, the ‘Sambal Hae Bee’ toastie is packed full of flavour and spice and is a recipe close to Diana’s heart. The Sambal Hae Bee toastie includes a dry sambal cooked mainly by Peranakans from Penang. Hae Bee in Hokkien means dried shrimp and Sambal in Malay means spicy relish, usually consisting of lots of chillies. The spice paste is made from array of delicious Asian flavours including shallots, lemongrass, belacan, galangal, chillies and more.
“I remember my mum making this and we would often have it for breakfast on bread slathered with butter. As a fifth generation Peranakan, it’s one of my most treasured recipes,” says Diana. To round out the spice, Anthony includes slices of provolone dolce which cuts through the heat whilst adding a hint of sweetness. Once toasted in a brioche bun in the oven, sliced cucumbers are added inside the toastie for freshness and then the toastie is served with Dillicious pickles on the side for a hit of acid to balance out the umami.
The Sambal Hae Bee toastie will be available until the end of April, so punters have three months to indulge in this delicious creation for only $11 a pop.
Maker & Monger, Stall 98 Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road South Yarra VIC 3141
NORMAN CAFE OFFICIALLY OPENS IN SOUTH YARRA
The smell of eggs and bacon is officially back in the air as Melburnians flock to their local cafe, and the new kid on the block Norman South Yarra, nestled in the heart of South Yarra, is giving you every reason to stop by for breakfast and settle in for lunch. With an original plan to open in March 2020, the Norman team led by owners Andrew Simmonds (The Wolf, Windsor), Paul Lange, and head chef Matt Boylan (formerly Head Chef Fourth Chapter) had to navigate new ways to launch their latest venture, to abide by the COVID restrictions in Victoria. Come 2021 and a new year, Norman’s doors are well and truly open welcoming its local neighbourhood and friends from afar.
When it comes to the food, the Norman South Yarra menu features a mix of classic cafe dishes with a twist as well as entirely new creations, giving cafe goers every reason to try something new. Whether it be an all-aussie breakfast dish like Norman’s Vegemite avo toast or something more left of field like zucchini and corn waffles, Norman really has something for every hungry tummy. The breaky board really does have it all with a variety of bite-size sweet and savoury dishes that feature on the menu, and if you’re still hungry, dig into the breaky burger.
As we celebrate the Melbourne Summer season, the team will launch its Bottomless Brunches, as well as its bar cart serving up an array of spritzes and summer cocktails (because we all need more booze, especially these days!). Norman South Yarra is open seven days a week from 7am until 4pm Monday to Saturday & Sundays from 8am.
Norman, Shop 2/300 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141