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Experiences from The Block - Annandale

Steve | Nov 15, 201710:04 AM     12

My first time at The Block, and I didn't really know which place I should try. So maybe this thread can be a one-stop shop for all Block info.

There are two ice cream places, one Poke place, a "Thai street food" place, and another place called Balo Kitchen. All counter service with common bench seating in the middle.

I opted for the most unusual dish, the Short Rib Pho French Dip at Balo Kitchen. It was deeply satisfying.

I wasn't sure what this would be, but it is served as a bowl of clear broth with a large boneless short rib in the middle, surrounded by some shredded scallions. The broth was very light and very tasty as is. Also I was served a toasty baguette smothered with an Asian mayo. Three small plastic cups included a hoisin sauce, more shredded scallions, and some pickled onions. I decided to put the onions and scallions into the broth and to remove most of the short rib to the bread. The rest of the short rib I separated into the bowl and it darkened the broth. This was a very worthy French dip. About halfway through I added the hoisin sauce just to mix things up and that was also very satisfying.

This was not a cheap lunch at about $16, but I was very happy with my order.

I also decided to try the Snocream place. It is also not cheap. I got the 'thai iced tea' ice cream with a condensed milk drizzle, a few pocky sticks, and added the custard pudding. This is not like bing soo or other shaved ice dessert, but it is ice cream that has been thinly shaved. The overall effect is more oddity than satisfying flavor. At about $7, it is also meant to be shared. I doubt I'd get this again.

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