Preston, in Melbourne’s north-east, is a food-lovers dream. Between the busy Preston Market and maximalist spots like The Keys and Moon Dog World, you’ll also find some of the best deals in town. From classic gozleme to Taiwanese and Vietnamese classics, here are three of our favourite Preston dishes for under $20.

Bun cha from Hao Vinh – $16.50

Hao Vinh on High Street is a beacon of flavour and value, where the quality is as high as the menu is long. But the bun cha (warm noodle salad with grilled beef, chicken or pork; vermicelli noodles; and nuoc mam pha dipping sauce) steals the spotlight. Opt for the grilled chicken version, with Vietnamese mint, holy basil, fresh lettuce and the crunch of house-pickled radish and carrot.

Lu rou fan from Ping’s Dumpling Kitchen – $14.50

Ping’s Dumpling Kitchen brings a Taiwanese classic to the Preston food scene with its signature lu rou fan – braised pork belly served over steamed rice. The melt-in-your-mouth pork is rich and savoury-sweet, cooked with five spice and accompanied by a stewed egg and sliced cucumber for a hit of freshness and texture.

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Gozleme from Fresh Daily Gozleme – $14.50

Fresh Daily Gozleme is a small family-run stall in the Preston Market known for its crisp, made-to-order Turkish gozleme. Housed in converted mobile container, it’s been a market staple for 13 years. The classic spinach and feta gozleme is the wallet-friendly standout, and for $16.50, the sucuk gozleme is stuffed with egg and melted cheese, and finished off with a squeeze of lemon.