190 Wells Street
South Melbourne 3205
(03) 9686 1109
Mister finally finished his exams. It isn’t easy continuing to study and to work at the same time. He did this ever since he left University. It takes a lot of dedication and focus. It is a admirable quality. I know how hard it is. I did a 10 week course earlier this year and I was so exhausted by the end of it. Worth it but really hard work and a few sleepless nights. So to do this for so long, my hats off to him! You have survived and onwards to the next chapter
Peko Peko is just a stone throw away fromMister’s workplace so I decided to walk over and have a nice simple dinner together. This little funky and cute restaurant is located amongst both offices and residential buildings. Most of the lunch punters are office workers in the area and according to Mister, it is so pack and hard to get a table. Plus, food usually takes a while to be served. So he advised to have an early 11.30am lunch or a a late 3pm lunch. Dinner crowd seems reasonable and we got a table quite easily so if you do want to try this place, come in the evening instead of fighting with the lunch crowd.
I did a little research and found out that “Onaka ga peko peko” means “I’m hungry“. How fitting of how we felt at that time. After the 25mins power walk, I could eat a cow! And please do not mistaken for the Japanese restaurant that has the same name on Smith Street. This place serves asian cuisine. More Taiwanese favourites with some Japanese influence.
The menu is broken into peko bento boxes, soup bowls and plates on one side of the menu. Flip it over and you get a selection of entrees, light meals, dishes and desserts. According to Mister, the peko meals are very popular during lunch. We decided to share a entree – Wasabi mayo prawn. The prawns are deep fried and layered with wasabi mayo and topped with a cubed pineapple. We could definitely feel the heat of the wasabi and the pineapple balances the whole dish.Thumbs up!
Mister ordered his usual – Crispy pork peko noodle soup bowl. The crispy pork was said to be marinated with a special Taiwanese sauce. Mister had a feeling that was fermented bean curd. It was a little too salty for me but I guess if you have it with the egg noodle soup, it should be fine. I had a taste of the soya base broth. It was a nice clear broth but I suspect that there was a little MSG added. Just a little
R on the menu means chef’s recommendation. I decided to trust the chef and ordered the Honey glazed chicken peko box. The dish was served in a oriental/Japanese bento box with a vegetarian spring roll, cold sweeten green beans and rice. The cubes of chicken are glazed with home-made honey. It was sweet with a touch of sour undertone. Nice and simple dish.
While I was waiting for the dishes to arrive, I had a peep at the dessert counter and noticed the Japanese cheesecake sponge. I had to try it. And I am glad I did! A slight cheesy taste, quite dense and yet so light. This is the highlight for me. It made me feel less guilty of having cake. I am actually craving this now!
I can understand why this is such a popular joint and why some food bloggers like Cruxie Faye love it so much. The outfit is modern and with a relatively reasonable priced menu. Deep fried foods are usually a hit with punters. The food tastes good and well presented. So do I like it? I do but it is not something that I will eat often. Will I come back? Yes. I am addicted to the spongecake and will like to try the dishes, green latte and other entrees.
What is your favourite dessert to celebrate an event?