The graphic designer got the idea of compiling recipes from the street's cafes, restaurants and street food stands into a cookbook while walking that self-same street one day.
"I've been hanging on the street for 30 years, I love the cafes, I love the culture... let's do a book about it."
The organiser of Lower Cuba Street's Wellington Night Market Lily Kao directed Liane to the Mr Circle food truck.
Their speciality in Jianbing – a street food popular with students and office workers in China.
"It's essentially a crepe full of crunchy wonton wrappers that you grab on the way to work."
Recipe: Mr Circle's Chinese crêpe (Chicken Jianping)
Mr Circle boss Dong – a former 3D architectural designer who left that industry for a change of scene – had to convince Liane to even try Jianbing.
"But once I bit into it I was like 'Oh my god, it's so good'."
Liane says she's mastered making Jianbing at home now. Here are her tips:
- The crepes can be made gluten-free by replacing the plain flour.
- It helps if you have a flat crepe pan.
- Make sure the chicken is pretty much cooked before you start to make the crepes.
- If you don't want to deep-fry wanton wrappers for whatever reason, potato chips will do.
Havana Bar and Restaurant is the cover star of Cuba Street - a cookbook, which also includes recipes from Floriditas, Midnight Espresso, Logan Brown and the iconic Matterhorn which closed earlier this year after 55 years of service.
The book retails at $50 and is available online or in select stores.