Food & Drink

Eat Your Way Through Pillow-Soft Dumplings At This Underground Hawker-Style Eatery

By Sophie Hart
20th Aug 2020

Pillow-soft dumplings rest in a wooden basket.

Have your chopsticks and chilli oil at the ready, Mei Wei has finally reopened and is serving up their trademark Eastern eats alongside some exciting new menu additions. 

Already a dining favourite on the Gold Coast, Chef Song Yao Su brings his back-to-basics Cantonese cooking style to Mei Wei’s second location in Brisbane with an approachable and affordable menu. Whether it’s steamed, pillowy, soup-filled or fried and crispy that gets you excited, Mei Wei has a dumpling for you. 

Expect a few new BBQ and roasted dishes worth dining in for like the char siu pork, crispy pork belly, and Cantonese roasted duck. When it comes to rounding out the night with a delicious dessert, you absolutely cannot go past their thrilling new sugar-coated golden buns and custard tart. 

In true hawker-style dining, you’ve got a slew of beverages to choose from like local or imported beers and an Australian wine list to wash everything down. For those looking to keep it lowkey, we recommend ordering up one of their four flavoured bubble teas. 

Soft dumplings rest in a wooden basket.

Besides the seriously good food, Mei Wei also has a damn cool and Instagrammable aesthetic to match. Mei Wei’s new digs can be found in Treasury Brisbane’s transformed basement below Queen and George Streets that lends to a moody atmosphere perfect for date night or a get-together with mates. 

The underground space features Hong-Kong inspired aesthetics that emphasises natural materials and sustainability—which is certainly something we can get behind. We’re talking brass and locally-recycled woods, exposed brick, tiles, exquisite pendants alongside murals and art exclusively painted by Queensland artist Bastian Allfrey. 

Nothing beats sharing a few rounds of dumplings and drinks with the crew, so we reckon it’s about time you made tracks to Mei Wei to experience it for yourself.

And for those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking or leaving the couch, Mei Wei is available for takeaway seven days a week from 11am until late. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Treasury Brisbane and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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