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We should start with the Hainanese chicken club sandwich ($16 for 2) because it's probably where you'll want to kick off your meal, and this little treasure says so much about Moonhouse, a swank new Chinese restaurant in Balaclava.
The snack is based on Hainanese chicken rice – ginger-poached chicken with fat-glazed rice – a dish that evokes extraordinary passion in south-east Asian communities around the world. I've spoken to people who've moved countries because the chicken rice wasn't nice where they lived.
The Moonhouse reworking ticks off key flavour notes but is also wildly novel. Poached breast is infused with ginger and garlic, shredded and layered in crustless white bread with spring onion, cucumber and crunchy chicken skin. There's a mysterious, deep saltiness that chef Shirley Summakwan later tells …
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