Monday 6 July 2009

Hakka Tea House

Ka mate, ka mate Ka ora' Ka ora' Ka mate Ka… whoops, wrong one. That’s Hakka with a double K. A recent addition continues the Asian-fication of Glen Waverley, competing against the stalwarts Rock Kung, Ocean King and Glen Waverley BBQ. There’s no linen here, more like a café and definitely more modern than the other three just mentioned.

Given the name, there’s a supposed south-eastern Chinese origin to the cuisine but not too evident in the lunchtime $9 meal deal that includes a drink. Choices include a won ton noodle soup with choice of noodle, a Hainanese style chicken with soup noodles, and shredded pork and crispy noodles.

Dinner presents some interesting options. A pork belly and taro hot pot brought back some memories of old for the older folk on the table with it’s, rich, thick gravy. Scallops no substitute for crab with noodles, all flavour lost in the cooking process. Prawn balls with a deep fried vermicelli casing comes with a sweet chilli dipping sauce not something I’d pick but fine for something completely different. A plate whose name is loosely translated as “Wind and Sand” is basically roast chicken and croutons. Unless there’s a soup accompaniment I don’t want to see the baked bread cubes. Since replace with fried shallots and breadcrumbs which is good to see.

A war cry unnecessary to get the people coming here, it’s reasonably full most nights and days. A gimmick free Hakka eatery for your family to enjoy.

2.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 25 Railway Parade North, Glen Waverley, VIC

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