We last spotted Papi Chulo’s Patrick Friesen at their Papi Chulo first birthday and not 2 weeks later, 1 day into Merivale’s annual March into Merivale he’s at WIPbar at a tweaked version of the establishment with a fried chicken and noodle popup. For the duration of MIM, WIP will be dishing up Patrick’s take on Korean Fried Chicken, Dumplings and Noodles. Canadian dude’s got game. This is delicious affordable eats. We’re gonna hedge that this is going to become permanent.

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@patrickfriesen in the kitchen at @patrickfriesen.

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that chicken’s crying out “white guy fried chicken”

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Wip packed out pretty quickly. Funnily enough we picked the only un-numbered table (13 – they don’t want that bad luck!) We quite like the canteen look and how its more street with that table setting here. Buzzy.

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Kirin beers, snacks and vegetables, Noodles and Fried Chicken. The startling thing about this menu, is the price guide. It’s surprisingly cheap and this is definitely one for the masses.

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We’ve never had this chilli sauce but its got a kick and possibly better than a sriracha.Patrick Friesen - MarchintoMerivale WIPbar (2)

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Pork and Prawn Wonton, Strange Flavour, Sichuan Pepper $12 – the strange flavour description on the menu is one of the main reasons why we picked this. Probably a bit of enrish and a bit of fun but these were juicy succulent and delicious. You’d really want these. Strange Flavour had citrusy notes and peanuts in it.

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Supreme Wonton. $16 This warm delicious bowl of hot supreme both and shares the same dumplings from the Wonton dish but they were so good we didn’t mind eating more. A really aromatic, tasty authentic tasting version of wonton noodle soup.

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Duck Noodles – Sichaun Duck Tofu Lo Mein $16 The use of firm tofu, sichuan spices in this made this a bit spicy and a good eat. Again, a hit.

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Fried Chicken (all options served up with Kimchi, pickled Daikon, Garlic Cucumber) $16 We opted for the half an half which came with half chilli nuts and Ginger Ninja and at $16, this was great value with a fair few hunks of luscious juicy fried chicken. The Chilli Nuts on the right is such a punchy flavoursome richly unctious eat.

Seeing how this is a limited run popup at WIPbar; @patrickfriesen was a great dining option right in the city with fantastic food and great prices. The venue is well staffed and they’re really quite attentive for what is a fried chicken place (non of that Arisun “you can only sit for an hour type nonsense here”). Chef @patrickfriesen we really dig @patrickfriesen.


More MarchintoMerivale 2015 events.

  • Just Desserts, Wednesday 4 March, Establishment: An evening of sweet indulgence with best desserts from Mr Wong, est., Lorraine’s Patisserie, Ms.G’s and Merivale Events.
  • Around the World with Merivale Wines, Wednesday 11 March, ivy: A global tasting expedition with Merivale’s world class wines, hand-selected by renowned sommelier Franck Moreau and accompanied by the finest cheeses.
  • Coogee Foreshore Festival, Sunday 15 March, Coogee: Local seaside celebration at the Coogee Pavilion. It’s ground floor will be transformed into a bustling marketplace filled F+B stalls. Games area will be home to face painting, magicians keeping the kiddiess entertained. Merivale pop-ups of Papi Chulo, Mr Wong, El Loco and sushi e will spill out onto the promenade. This will also feature roaming entertainment, a Deus surfboard shaping stand and more.
  • European Laneway, Wednesday 18 March, ivy: The magic of Europe transforms ivy’s laneway with the finest French, Spanish, Greek and Italian influenced dishes from Bistrode CBD, Felix, Ash St. Cellar, Uccello, Lorraine’s Patisserie and Palings.
  • Wok On!, Wednesday 25 March, Establishment: An urban party bursting with the sights, smells and tastes of Asia. Featuring hip hop beats, neon installations and stalls from Ms.G’s, Mr Wong, Mr Wong Dim Sum, Sunee’s and sushi e.

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