Chinese food hasn’t always been synonymous with dessert in Melbourne, but with an array of eateries expanding outside of Melbourne’s traditional Chinese cuisine hubs, there’s something of a food revolution going on. Whether it’s a tasty after-dinner dessert or something more substantial, here’s a few places worth visiting to satisfy your new craving for red bean and coconut, the new flavour in the CONNOISSEUR Empire collection inspired by Jing Zong.

Lau’s Family Kitchen
4 Acland Street, St Kilda
(03) 8598 9880

A small and humble eateries from one of the city’s most famous food families, Lau’s Family Kitchen is full the year round. Serving Cantonese-inspired dishes, focusing on quality ingredients and local produce. Most pointedly, Lau’s is set up in a small kitchen, so the philosophy is to keep ingredients to a minimum, and serve only the finest produce.

The Flower Drum
17 Market Lane, Melbourne
(03) 9662 3655

A pioneer of Cantonese food in Melbourne, and the first to use the quality of locally sourced ingredients to advantage. It’s been around for more than 30 years, and has remained remarkably consistent in quality. In the heart of Melbourne’s China Town, expect a superb offering of traditional Cantonese dishes, with quality presentation.

27–29 Crossley Street, Melbourne
(03) 9662 4200

Asian-style hawker food at its finest, with lashings of fiery Chinese sauces and spices. Gingerboy is ingrained in Melbourne city culture, a favourite for mid-week lunches and weekend dinners. Seafood is a must at Ginger Boy, with salt-and-pepper scallops. For dessert, try the coconut mouse, a modern dish combining classic Chinese ingredients.

4 Cecil Place, Prahran
(03) 9529 5199

Serving traditional Chinese dishes in Melbourne since 1989, with classic and core ingredients from Shanghai and the surrounding countryside. Expect a country-style menu with bitey sauces and delicious seafood, in a welcoming and light-filled Prahran space.

Dainty Sichuan
176 Toorak Road, South Yarra
(03) 9078 1686

Don't be fooled by the name – eating here is not a dainty experience. True to the regional cuisine, Dainty Sichuan is generous with chilli across its signature dishes – scorching hot pots, ma po tofu and vegetarian 'fish-flavoured eggplant.

This piece was produced in partnership with the new CONNOISSEUR Empire Collection, which includes the 'Emperor Jing Zong’ ice cream with red bean and coconut.

View our entire Empire flavour exploration here.