Coming Soon: Cha Li Boi
Level 1, 9-13 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction, NSW
02 9369 5391
Calling all dumpling lovers! The brains behind the one and only Miss Chu are back in a big way, this time taking over Bondi Junction’s yum cha scene. Nahji Chu, better known as Miss Chu herself, has taken a step back from the infamous Vietnamese street food that put her name on the map, embarking on a new endeavour that draws on her Chinese heritage. Cha Li Boi is set to open its doors in Bondi Junction on May 9, producing contemporary, fresh and above all else, healthy Chinese dishes.
The vision for Cha Li Boi is focused around wholesome eating, fine wines, sustainable produce and native, locally sourced ingredients. The ‘raw reincarnation’ of the menu means that traditional Chinese favourites have been transformed into healthy alternatives, but retain the same flavours Sydneysiders have come to know and love.
Nahji has teamed up with chef John Leong, formerly of Billy Kwong, to design a cheeky, playful and downright delicious menu. Of course, there is an epic selection of dumplings to choose from, starting with the Pacman Dumplings – a sampling plate of scallop and scampi, duck a l’orange, prawn har gau and tempura eggplant options. Alternatively, the goldfish-shaped, orange-tailed ‘Ling My Bell’ dumplings are stuffed full of ling fish and bell mushrooms.
Coeliacs aren’t forgotten at Cha Li Boi – Nahji and John have collaborated with celebrity chef Chui Lee Luk to design a range of gluten free dumplings. Using the nutritious and native ingredients of salwort, karkalla and warrigal greens, visitors can devour dumpling after dumpling with the peace of mind that body and soul are being nourished in the healthiest of hands.
To drink, sommelier Paula Scholes, more commonly known as Miss Pearls of Melbourne’s Madame Brussels, has curated a list of international and local drops to satisfy a multitude of tastes and budgets.
Cocktail lovers will be delighted to know that a Car Bar will be in full swing, shaking up the traditional concept of the humble cocktail with bubble-tea inspired concoctions. The bar will also be serving up fresh fruit cups and non-alcoholic teas, best enjoyed alongside the outstanding flavours of the oriental menu.
Nahji’s commitment to a wholesome and honest vision has flourished in not only the food, but the interiors of Cha Li Boi, taking on a raw conceptual space free of ‘names, designer labels and egos’. The industrial-inspired decor feels like an authentic yum cha eatery straight from the streets of Hong Kong or Shanghai.
Cha Li Boi is all about celebrating Chinese culture in the healthiest yet yummiest way possible. Just like with Miss Chu, Nahji is changing the Asian cuisine game, one dumpling at a time.
Cha Li Boi opens on May 9