Five-star quality food

05 Apr 2017

Ever since its arrival at Box Hill Central in 2000, Grain Asian Cafe has opened for 17 consecutive years. What is the secret of Grain Asian Cafe’s great popularity?

Fujianese owner of the Cafe, Tom, says that it is because of the professional quality of the cooking team. The Malaysian head chef Lim, who although is a young man, produces top quality delicious Cantonese cuisine, he has also won awards such as the Champion of the 3rd ‘Pacific Kitchen Life’ Dingshi Cooking Competition hosted by Vision China Times October last year. He has contributed several delicate dishes to the menu, such as Deep-Fried Wonton & Barbecued Pork Porridge/Noodle Soup, Boiled Fish Head Noodle Soup with Pickled Cabbage and Chilli, and Prawn Dumplings Noodle Soup. The XO sauce made by him is very popular.

The most famous speciality of Grain Asian Cafe is called ‘Assorted Stuffed Vegetables Noodle Soup’, a gourmet combination of various ingredients. For the basic soup base, varieties from chicken soup, Tom Yum soup, curry laksa may be selected, along with rice, vermicelli, Hokkien and egg noodles. Lastly, 6 out of 20 fish stuffed vegetables such as eggplant, green pepper, tofu as well as other seasonal vegetable are chosen in order to conclude the noodle soup as a whole.

The business partner of Tom, Ms Zhang, stated that the staff puts in a huge amount of effort to make these fish-stuffed vegetables. The freshest Blue Cods are delivered to the door every morning, while Lim buys all vegetables they need from neighbouring retailers in Box Hill Central. Then other staff members will use table knives to scratch the flesh down slice by slice. After that, they slowly stir the fish slices with hands to maintain tenderness and chewiness. That is the reason why their fish balls taste so well!

Some of their regular customer have commented; Five-star quality food served at fast food prices!

Also, in order to cater to the taste of recently-arrived Chinese migrants, some traditional mainland dishes have also appeared on the menu: Eggplants with Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Treasure Trove, Stewed Bean curd with Minced Pork in Pepper Sauce…

The golden brand of Cantonese fast food - Grain Asian Cafe, welcomes your patronage at any time!

说起大排档,可谓是博士山商场中知名度颇高的一家老牌快餐店了。每逢中午的用餐高峰期,这里数十张桌椅便会挤的满满的。不管是从香港、东南亚来的老华侨,还是本地澳洲居民,或是附近的华人新移民,均对大排档的食物赞不绝口。究竟是什么让大排档的生意如此火爆呢?

大排档的福建老板Tom告诉我们,大排档虽然做的是快餐,但却聘请了两位乐于创新的大厨和高素质的后厨团队。大排档的主厨——马来西亚人陈恩霖,曾在2016年10月荣获由《看中国》报社主办的“2016太平洋抽油烟机杯——鼎食厨艺大赛”第三季冠军。这位年纪轻轻的小伙子做的一手好菜,为大排档的菜单增添了炸云吞叉烧粥面、酸菜鱼头米粉等金牌菜品,其独家调配的XO海鲜酱更是让要求较高的香港顾客也啧啧称赞。

提到大排档的招牌菜,必须隆重推出这道“金牌六宝面”,即是马来西亚街头常见的小吃“酿豆腐”。这是一道选择丰富、搭配灵活的汤面,可选汤底有清汤、冬阴汤、喇沙三种,面底则有河粉、米粉、油面、蛋面四种。“六宝”的选择就更多了:酿茄子、酿苦瓜、酿青椒、酿蘑菇、酿豆腐、酿莲藕、酿腐皮、酿羊角豆、鲜虾水饺、鱼丸、鱼饼、虾饼、时令蔬菜……让人吃了还想吃!

大排档的合伙老板张女士介绍说,大排档的“酿豆腐”之所以这么好吃,是因为员工们制作鱼丸时投入了相当多的心血。肉质鲜嫩的澳洲蓝斑鱼,拿小餐刀顺着鱼骨一条条细细刮下,然后纯手工搅拌均匀,再捏成饱满弹性、分量十足的雪白鱼丸。每天早上,陈大厨都会从博士山商场的肉店、菜店里挑选购买当日食材,在确保大排档供应新鲜食物的同时,也照顾了邻居店家的生意,真可谓是“双赢”的典范!

大排档自2000年在博士山商场开业至今已有17年了,期间积累了一大批忠实的回头客。有吃遍墨尔本的顾客这样评价大排档:五星级的水准,快餐店的价格!近几年为了迎合越来越多的大陆新移民,大排档的菜单上还增添了几道内地菜品:鱼香茄子、地三鲜、麻婆豆腐……这家经济、实惠、量大的金牌港式快餐店随时欢迎您的光顾!