If you are tempted by street food when you travel in Japan, China and Malaysia, you'll find plenty of interesting dishes on the menu at Dragon Bull, Sunshine Beach.
Positioned underneath Embassy XO on Duke Street, this is a more casual eatery with tables fronting the large tree-filled courtyard and inside the restaurant.
The menu has been devised to reflect the travels of Dragon Bull chef Adrian Krause and his wife Andrea who was born in the Chinese province of Hunan. It includes many dishes suitable for sharing as well as some stand alone mains and caters well for chilli lovers but non-chilli loving peeps will work through the main meal offerings fairly quickly.
We started with Dragon Bull's Peking Duck which came with crisp skin duck and roll your own crepes.
There are two types of dumplings - steamed with pork and consume and gou tie, long beef dumplings served with hoi sin, the original gyoza from China. These are rolled rather than pinched together so the dumpling is quite long, and then fried.
The San Choi Bao was another winner with crisp lettuce pockets filled with beef and shiitake mushroom.
The menu lists most of the mains with at least one chilli (level of heat) and upwards. The Penang chicken curry with pickled vegetables, roti bread and coconut rice (pictured top) was my choice ($35) to avoid chilli heat. K2 enjoyed the Pineapple Nyonya Beef Curry which also came with coconut rice and roti bread ($28).
There's also a reasonable range of sushi including several chilli inspired rolls with names such as Fire Heart, Ninja Roll and Dragon Heart and a Noosa Beach roll with avocado and salmon and no chilli!
Recommended for: Those who love chilli and Asian food.
Best tip: Head there on Saturday arvos for chill sessions with live music.
Bottom line: Main course prices range from $24 to $36 for a seafood curry. It might be inspired by street food but the prices are more in line with restaurant offerings.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for the meal