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Published on October 29th, 2015 | by Ultimate OmNoms0
Yum Yum Grill and Cafe
Usually I have to travel over the bridge for a taste of my other home, so when I heard a Hong Kong style cafe opened up earlier this year, I didn’t need much convincing to stay on the shore.
There are plenty of Taiwan style bubble tea cafes around the North Shore but nothing quite as close to my heart.
Their menu has what you’d expect to find in an authentic HK cafe – sandwiches, wonton noodle soups, and macaroni and instant noodle in soup. You can find lemon honey, cream soda and Horlicks in their extensive drink list.
I never used to pine for wonton noodles when I used to live in Hong Kong, but having “grown up” now and letting go of other junk food tendencies, it’s with a regret to say that good wonton noodles are hard to find in Auckland.
For me, good wonton noodes have:
- Big juicy prawns, not just filled with pork
- Silky skins on the outside
- Noodles (just as important) are al dente or “bouncy” as we call it
This one ticks 2 out of 3, I didn’t quite get the big mouthfuls of prawn deliciousness that I remember. The red bean iced drink was as good as it can get, helping to soothe the peppered spiciness that I was soon to get.
Another thing I missed about home was the convenience of ordering baked rice or spaghetti at these Hong Kong style cafes. These dishes were usually made with pork or chicken. At Yum Yum Cafe and Grill, you can choose from black pepper sauce, tomato sauce or mushroom choice.
The first mouthfuls were invigorating, but only because of the exorbitant amount of black pepper in the dish. After a while when I had finished my water and drink, I had to order to “da bao” the rest of it home. Although food wasn’t as spot on, I would be happy to go back. To me, it is simple comfort food. The space is clean and bright, a modern version of a traditional HK style cafe complete with the ceiling fans. Recommended if you want an affordable taste of HK cafe food.
Yum Yum Cafe and Grill