Madam Kwong's Kitchen
1025 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, VIC 3128
I caught up with my parents for lunch last week at Madam Kwong's Kitchen, a cheerful little restaurant in Box Hill serving Penang hawker-style food. Opened exactly one year ago today, (Happy Birthday!), it has become one of my parents' regular haunts, and based on the day I visited, seems to be frequented primarily by middle-aged Hokkien-speaking Penangites. Win! Penang people, especially the older generations, are notoriously fussy about their food, so any place where they congregate to eat must be good. (See Pat Nourse's article on Penang in Gourmet Traveller for an excellent run down on Penang food culture).
Madam Kwong's Kitchen is a small, canteen-like space, selling Malaysian groceries, like frozen durian, dried chillies, hae ko (prawn sauce), sambal blachan etc, as well as some snacks and kuih, and a concise menu of Penang hawker-style favourites. The menu itself is quite specialised, with only five rice dishes, six noodle-based dishes, a couple of snacks and three drinks. (Compare this to say, the gargantuan menus at places like Pappa Rich). They rotate different specials though, and announce these on their Facebook page.
|Left: Kuih, Ba Chang & Otak Otak|
Right: Curry Puffs
|Popiah - Combination of shredded yam bean, beancurd, prawns with a dash of chilli and hoi sin sauce. Wrapped with spring roll skin - $7.00|
|Penang Assam Laksa - Laksa noodles in tamarind fish soup, garnished with mint, onions, pineapple and lettuce - $10.50|
|Chicken Laksa - Spiced coconut soup with chicken, bean curd & fish cake - $10.50|
|Penang Hokkien Mee - Combination of rice vermicelli and Hokkien Noodles, topped with prawns and sliced pork - $10.50|
One of the ladies working there upsold us a tau foo far, which we also shared.
|Tau Foo Far with dark sugar - $3.00|
We also picked up some chicken and veggie curry puffs to take away, which I enjoyed with dinner that night.
|Curry Puffs - $2.00 each|