Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hot Wok Kitchen, Anzac Parade, Maroubra

It was a rather lazy late morning start, we just finished a great workout and were craving some Chinese food. A little drive down Maroubra brought us to Hot Wok Kitchen. We've always wanted to try this place out and boy were we impressed with their quality.

Very Ordinary looking fa├žade, the magic lies within though.
A display of their recommended dishes.
Specials for the season as listed from top to bottom (i'll try my best to translate as my Chinese is not the best):
1. Some mushroom, tofu and ???? stir fry $12.00
2. Salt and pepper fish fillet $15.50
3. Goat/Lamb braised in a hotpot $16.80
4. Roast duck w/rice, $15.00/$9.50
5. Mushrooms with bracket fungus steamed chicken (???) $14.80
6. Some beef on rice dish $9.00
7. Salt and pepper Eggplant $12.50
8. Age Bean paste braised pork trotters w/rice $13.50/$9.50
9. Erm... some pork rib dish $14.50
10. Xo sauce stir-fired clams $11.80
11.Salt and pepper soft shell crab $18.80

We decided to go with the following dishes today.
Yin Yang Chicken: Both steamed and crispy skin fried chicken served in a superior soy sauce.
XO sauce stir fried clams: plump and juicy pipis stir fried in chinese XO sauce
Flounder steamed in superior soy sauce garnished with braised mushrooms
The flounder came packed with fish roe! Speak about hidden treasures!
Belachan (prawn paste) stir fried beans. The smoky Wok-Hei (Breath of the wok) was evident in this  dish however, it would have benefited from some sambal chili I reckon.
Salt and Pepper fried chicken wings. Batter was light and crispy, wings were adequately marinated.
Last but not least, Phoenix Talons (aka braised chicken feet :P) as recommended by the lady boss as their top secret off-menu item of the day.

Verdict: If you're looking for top quality no frills Cantonese food in a homely family ran environment, please give this place a try. P.S: I don't understand why there are so many negative reviews on zomato/urbanspoon/tripadviser. The food is really good and i'll definitely be back to try out the other chef specials another day!

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