Jonker Street in Doncaster is named after a popular street in Malacca, Malaysia which has now taken over the location that Ronz Roti Kaya used to occupy. The menu at Jonker Street is actually quite extensive, they offer an array of noodle and rice dishes, as well as congee which include your Malaysian staples like Nasi Goreng, and Curry Laksa but they also serve mains if you prefer to share dishes and take the opportunity to try a few more dishes at a time.
Not many places can do a good Assam Laksa, it’s usually either it lacks in flavour or their use sardines which often changes the entire flavour of the broth. I found the Assam Laksa here to be lacking in flavour, it tastes slightly watered down which is disappointing. I’d say it’s around 70% of the intensity it should be at.
The Curry Laksa here is surprisingly good, but it isn’t your typical Laksa that you might find in Laksa King or Chef Lagenda that are more creamier. The Laksa tastes like your typical Chicken Curry sauce but as a broth, which has this lovely spiciness to it that it needs.
The Pan Mee here also has the same issues that the Assam Laksa has, which is that the soup base lacks flavour but more so in this case. The Pan Mee broth should have the flavour of pork and dried anchovies, but it really doesn’t have any taste to it at all so I had to add a lot of chilli to give it flavour.
The Teh Tarik isn’t too bad, maybe just a tad too sweet and not pulled enough but overall it’s decent!
The Ice Cendol has the balance of gula melaka syrup and coconut milk all out, it needs a lot more gula melaka.
There isn’t anything that stands out to me at Jonker Street, though the Chicken Laksa is probably one of the better dishes but it seems like they have issues with making their broths more intense in flavour. Maybe their other dishes are better, but at the moment I’m in no hurry to try it again.
84 Jackson Court
Doncaster East VIC 3109
Oneworld Knox is located in the O-Zone section of Westfield Knox Shopping Centre. Their name aptly describes the variety of cuisines on offer, and by perusing their menu you can definitely tell that is the case. There’s African, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Italian and Spanish influences on Oneworld’s menu so there’s pretty much something for everyone. We were invited to dine at Oneworld, and one thing I noticed was that they go by the Farm to the Table philosophy, sourcing local produce for their dishes which I am a big fan of!
Oneworld have recently renovated and their fit out is cozy and welcoming, with overhanging plants and vibrant artwork on the walls. We were greeted by some friendly staff and of course, had to have a coffee to start off with. Their organic coffee is sourced from Healesville and has a lovely aroma to it but not too strong.
We ordered the Buffalo Wingettes and the marinade on the wings was very flavourful with a subtlety of spice that carries through it. Tender chicken that goes nicely with the sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes and alfalfa.
The Fajitas were the standout at Oneworld. We ordered the chicken fajitas but you can also order it with beef, prawns or just vegetarian. What I loved about this dish was the fantastic flavours of that salsa and the chicken was perfectly cooked. Often, you’d find chicken to dry out, especially breast meat but here it was very well cooked. The puree of cherries, capsicum, onions, and celery that when combined create this pink puree was something I hadn’t had before, but what a great combination that adds a bit of sweetness to the dish. I wish I could make that so I could have it as a dip! This dish you could probably even feed two people with just a few more tortillas.
I like trying new things, so when I saw Camel Burger on the menu I was instantly drawn to it. Their camel meat is from South Australia, and it’s served with tomato sauce and fries. Surprisingly enough, it was actually quite tasty, camel meat tastes like a more robust beef or veal but just different. The Oneworld sauce that goes with it pairs well, with it’s slight creaminess. Though, the downside is that camel meat seems a bit more lean, so I found it just a tad dry even with the sauce. Overall, it’s a pretty decent burger!
The Porterhouse Steak you can have your choice of garlic butter, mushroom jus or chimichuri sauce. If you choose the garlic butter, they actually provide you with a very generous serving of it in a small bowl. I’d have preferred a garlic butter sauce but the garlic butter was quite nice, though you probably don’t feel like having so much knowing how rich it is. The steak was also cooked to our request of medium and the salad gives the freshness it needs.
Oneworld Knox has an extensive menu with a great variety of tasty foods on offer, and with friendly staff which is a major plus to me! Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, or just for some desserts or drinks, if you so fancy. Try the Fajitas!
425 Burwood Highway
Wantirna VIC 3152
T: 03 9801 8962
Everyday – 10am to 10pm
I was on this Bailey’s kick, where I was searching for recipes on how to incorporate that lovely Bailey’s Irish Cream flavour. I found this recipe from Gimme Some Oven which looked amazing. These cookies are more like a cake or muffin in texture but taste great all the same.
Bailey’s Chocolate Cookie-Muffins (from Gimme Some Oven)
Makes: 50 cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours
225g unsalted butter, softened
160g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
340g plain flour
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
120ml Bailey’s Irish Cream
175g white chocolate chips
1. In a separate bowl, sift the plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
2. Using an mixer, whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.
4. Then add in the Bailey’s one tablespoon at a time, mix until well incorporated.
5. Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
4. Preheat the oven at 175°C. Then scoop out balls of dough and place onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until base is cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Not to be confused with Wong’s Lucky Bar, Wong’s Kitchen on Station Street in Box Hill is a Chinese/Cantonese restaurant that most people seem to come for their seafood dishes. Wong’s Kitchen isn’t a very large restaurant, so more often than not, bookings are required.
Crab and egg noodles are probably one of my favourite Chinese dishes as a kid. The crab flavour combined with the wok stir fried noodles is delicious and I could honestly eat just the noodles all on its own. The crab at Wong’s Kitchen is quite nice too, I might add.
One of my favourite vegetables is Chinese broccoli (Kai Lan), there’s something about the crunchiness of the stem and you honestly don’t need much else apart from a bit of garlic.
According to the staff, their chicken served here is free range. I’m not certain how true that is, but it is a more lean as chicken. Not particularly memorable dish, it’s decent though.
I remember having Salted Egg Yolk Prawns at Kingsway Seafood Restaurant, which is now sadly closed. The prawns here are quite nice, crispy and have that lovely egg yolk batter that covers the tender prawns. I can’t have too many though because it’s very rich, but I needed to have a few to satisfy my craving.
A standard dish when we go out to a Chinese restaurant, is their fish. I love sauce that usually accompanies steamed fish, and here it’s just how I like it. The fish was also nicely cooked and fresh.
Wong’s Kitchen also provide complimentary fruits and Red Bean Sago dessert. Lovely end to a meal.
While Wong’s Kitchen won’t wow you with it’s ambience or service, it’s food is tasty and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
596 Station Street
Box Hill VIC 3128
I love the smell of freshly baked Mexican Buns, it has this amazing aroma of coffee, bread and butter. The crusting topping is also what makes this so, so good. It’s like this cookie of sorts on top, so if you haven’t had this yet I do recommend trying it at least once! While I love the original Mexican Bun, of course I had to try making a green tea variety and I found a great recipe from Little Corner of Mine which came out quite well!
Green Tea Buns (adapted from Little Corner of Mine)
Makes: 18-20 buns
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Passive Time: 80 minutes
Green Tea Buns
1 tbsp milk powder (7g)
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
460g bread flour
150g plain flour
1 tsp salt (4g)
1 tsp bread improver (4g)
1 tbsp dry yeast (7g)
1 large egg
230ml cold water
70g unsalted butter, softened
Green Tea Topping
45g plain flour
35g icing sugar
55g unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
black sesame seeds for topping
Red Bean Paste
Green Tea Buns
1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.
7. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.
8. Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.
9. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
Green Tea Topping
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.
- Bailey's Chocolate Cookie-Muffins
- Green Tea Buns (Rotiboy style)
- Black Sesame Pudding
- Rose Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
- Coconut Almond Macaroons
- Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
- Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts
- Pandan Crepes with Coconut & Glutinous Rice (Kuih Dadar)
- Chocolate Mousse
- Almond Cookies