If ya’ll didn’t know, today is the Malaysian National Day (Hari Kebangsaan), so I will post something Malaysian. 🙂
I found this place thanks to a friend of mine. We keep in touch in the strangest ways; random texts at odd times of the year but hardly meet up. He’s probably a better reviewer and writer than me. Anyway, this recommendation of his is quite a pleasant surprise. My first thoughts of Food Junction – it’s in friggin’ Manukau! That’s far!
Although far, the Food Junction is located at the Te Irirangi off ramp on SH1, very accessible if you think about it. It will take about 10-15 mins from the city. The Food Junction is a food court with a lot of a variety, but for this occassion, I am targetting the Malaysian store – Tastes of Malaysia. The first thing I spotted is the fresh roti they make – which is the second time I’ve seen (after the Sri Lankan place at East Tamaki).
Samples of some of their dishes below:
Mamak Mee Goreng.
The Mamak Mee Goreng is pretty good, and costs $9.50 It’s… dare I say it, better than the one at Sri Puteri in Panmure. It’s not wet, but not dry – just right and flavoursome.
The roti is probably their “flagship” product – the roti telur costs $9.50 and the murtabak costs $10. Both rotis are great, but I preferred the roti telur as it is not “heavy”. The curry sauce was fantastic, with at least one drumstick in there.
My rating for this occassion is a favourable 9.5/10. I am definitely going back again!
The East Asian Food Hall is one of those noticeable food court when you go towards Botany Downs. It’s on the right hand side when going towards Botany Downs. Most of the shops in the food court are standard i.e. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese etc. But this one has a Sri Lankan shop which makes roti!
The Sri Lankan and Indian shops were sampled. Pictures below:
Lamb Madras on Rice.
The Sri Lankan Rotti Shop sells a range of roti and for Malaysians, it does feel quite at home. The Indian shop is right next to it, but I can’t remember the name. Funnily enough, the Indian shop also sells kebabs.
The Roti Delight which was $8.50, came with some curry and had mutton filling. The Lamb Madras ($9.00) was not bad, the meat was tender. I have to admit, the standard is quite good. I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Usually I don’t give ratings if I can’t remember the price but for this occassion, overall they get an 8/10. Highly recommended, especially the Sri Lankan shop.
To know where this place, think the Panmure library. This Malaysian restaurant is located near the junction of Queens and Pilkington Road. It’s a somewhat authentic Malaysian food with a focus on the Malay cuisine – the curries, rotis etc. I tried two of the common Malaysian dishes, roti canai and beef rendang. These are the safest choices for Malay food – well, for me anyway.
The environment is very “Malaysian” that is, it’s noisy, cramp and lively. They’ve even managed to exceed the capacity of the restaurant by putting some tables and chairs outside.
Beef rendang (with rice of course).
Sir Puteri is relatively cheap, and the variety of Malay food provide customers other options, other than the usual Malaysian i.e. laksa, chicken rice, mee goreng. I’ll give this place a 7/10 simply because their presentation is not that fantastic. Their price are at the usual, $10-ish mark. This place is a good recommendation for lunch – be prepared to bring your earplugs and love for multiculturalism. Sri Puteri has plenty of it.