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Monga Dessert Lounge

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by YM (subscribe)
Published July 25th 2013
In the middle of busy Station Street in Box Hill is a small little restaurant nestled on the second floor. It is very easy to miss and takes the place of what was once the second floor of La Porchetta. To those who may have never been, you will be intrigued by the rickshaw and imitation bus stop placed at the very front of the restaurant. These are the little things that welcome you in to a whole new experience in food and dining, Hong Kong style.

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The rickshaw and bus stop at the entrance


As you climb the staircase you will be delighted by the simple yet intriguing décor along the way. Some of the ornaments you will see are these old letter boxes. They once were the style of letter boxes that littered the homes and shops of Hong Kong in the late 20s, each unique with their own stories to tell.

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Old Letter Boxes from Hong Kong


Here are some of the other games, toys and household items on display that were once found in many homes in the busy city. Many of these nostalgic memories are revitalised here at the Monga Dessert Lounge.



Monga Dessert Lounge's interior is decorated with a very nostalgic, old Hong Kong rustic-look. The vibe is very fresh and you can hear Cantopop music ranging from the early 80s to current trends playing in the background. The décor is very Hong Kong inspired, old window frames, bird cages hanging from the ceiling, the booths and delivers a sense of spaciousness.



I find that it is much quieter during the day but at night it is hustling and bustling with customers coming in to eat desserts, drink with friends and chill. They even sell games, such as traditional Chinese chess, card games and much more. There is also an outside area for those who enjoy a fresh breeze while overlooking the streets below.



The choice of colours and texture of the main menu page is a fine detail that reflects Hong Kong culture. For those who may not be aware, this red, white and blue pattern has been printed on many woven utilitarian polyethylene bags that have been used for many years and hold many special memories. These bags were once used to pack gifts, pack clothing for travel and even sheets of this raw material were used to cover development projects scattered throughout the city.



The menu is very reflective of street style hawker snacks and desserts. While some items on the menu are fixed, there is also the option of picking and mixing your favourite ingredients.



The daily special offers different bargain eats on different days. This menu is created to mimic the layout of traditional Chinese calendars.



On this particular day, Monga Dessert Lounge was having a lunch special. Monday to Friday 11:30am to 5:00pm lunch includes a soup for starters, a rice dish, a dessert and a drink for only $8.80. Although the options are not extensive, there are a few to choose from and for $8.80, you will leave feeling full and satisfied!

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Special Lunch Menu $8.80


Here are the options:
Soups: Borsch or Corn creamy soup

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The Corn Creamy Soup


Main: Pork chop & onion with tomato sauce on rice/spaghetti or
Deep fried chicken leg on rice/rice noodle in soup or
Beef with oyster sauce on rice/spaghetti

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Deep Fried Chicken Leg on Rice


Drinks: Lemon tea, Milk tea, Coffee or Coffee-Tea

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The average price for Hong Kong style Milk Tea is around $3-$3.50


Dessert: Cold grass jelly with coconut milk or Hot papaya poached in almond sweet soup.

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Cold Grass Jelly with Coconut Milk


Other options include $1.50 extra to change to Lemon pomelo ribena or Mango sago & pomelo sweet soup.

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Mango Sago & Pomelo Sweet Soup


A definite must try is the Hong Kong style milk tea which has been a part of lunch in Hong Kong tea culture for many years dating back to the British colonial rule. It is made of a mix of evaporated or condensed milk with several types of black tea (how many or which tea leaves are a 'commercial secret' so it's better not to ask…shhhhh)

It is a great place to visit to fill up your stomach in the afternoon, dinner at night or for some after dinner desserts with company. The décor is very unique and shares with Melbourne an insight into the memories of old Hong Kong whether you have been to the city or have yet to go!

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View from Station Street, Monga Dessert Lounge on the right.
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Why? A Taste of Hong Kong
When: Open 7 days
Phone: (03) 9890 0925
Where: 1/600 Station St, Box Hill, VIC 3128
Your Comment
It looks like there are some really different dishes from your average Asian restaurant there.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12313) 2093 days ago
What a fascinating little place!
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2082 days ago
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