Here we are wandering down Little Bourke Street at 10.30 on a Sunday morning, off to Sharks Fin House.
We have a New Year routine. Get in early and watch the Lion dance teams kit up, eat at the first Yum cha session then race out and follow a lion as it dances around a few businesses and maybe catch the Dai Loong waking up. It's a busy day.
Lotus leaf wrapped sticky rice - the fragrance of the lotus leaf is wonderful
The prawn and scallop steamed dumpling looked like a flower bud, with delicately pink edges.
Just like a moody moment in a Hong Kong film, yes?
We did the lions and stuff and finally went back to Ballarat via Footscray market.
Where Yin happily replenished our stocks of dried Chinese goodies
and sadly, the roast duck shop was shut.
But we did find one last lion team, of very young dancers with neon ear plugs.