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Published March 27th 2015
Generous Eat In Meals Or Take Away
It's camp week and we have a family tradition that anyone who doesn't go to camp gets to eat out. My youngest son decided we'd try Chinese tonight so we went in search of a Chinese restaurant we hadn't eaten at before. There were two in Bundoora within walking distance from each other but the other one wasn't open. I always think that if the competition is steep it means good news for customers.
Come in and get ready for a big meal
It doesn't look much on the outside but if you are looking for great value Chinese food and very generous portions the Peking Inn is the restaurant for you. The waitress wasn't sure how long they had been there but she said for quite a while. Peking Inn is behind the supermarket, not in the strip of shops that can be seen from the road, so that's another reason I guess they must be doing something right. You have to either go looking for it or you know of it.
The interior is decorated in traditional red and gold with tiny fairy lights flashing in the windows. My son said I should mention that there were a lot of mirrors. He made no judgment about whether this was good or bad, he just noticed it.
The Peking Inn is made up of a large dining area, a private dining area and a reception area for those waiting for take away. I noticed that the take away waiting area was always busy. A glance at the menu prices can explain this. All chicken meals are under $13, vegetable dishes under $10 and even prawn meals under $18. Apparently the Mongolian beef is very popular at $12.80. They also specialise in dumplings. A dozen vegetarian dumplings are only $8.80 or fried chicken and prawn (10 pieces) for $10.80.
If you are really hungry you might like to try a banquet which included soup, appetisers, main meal and dessert from only $20.
I've never had a bigger serve of Lemon Chicken it's two layers deep
Tonight it was just two of us and to my son's delight prawn crackers were delivered very promptly to the table. We cannot go past lemon chicken, ever, and we were thrilled and amazed at the serving size. The batter was thick and crispy and very popular with my son. There was enough for both of us and half was left over to take home to my adult son as well.
I should mention the very fast service. We sat, ate and left in just over half an hour.
Making sure the rice is hot
We never seem to have enough streamed rice for lemon chicken but tonight we had left overs. It was served in an insulated serving dish with a lid. I'd never seen this before and would never expect to see it at a Hutong restaurant but it was perfect if you like your food very hot like I do.
My son wanted noodles and I liked the sound of the curry vegetables so I asked if we could have a combination of these. Even though it wasn't on the menu they obliged and it was a very tasty and unexpectedly sweet dish. I was also surprised that it had so many different vegetables. It included: mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, bok, carrot, baby corn and water chestnuts. When we had both eaten more than sufficient I asked him where we should go tomorrow night and he replied 'Here again.' That's a high recommendation as it's a bit out of our way.
This is piled high on a large dinner plate.
The meals hardly looked touched but luckily (unlike some restaurants) they allowed us to take away the leftovers. Overall for under $30 this provided enough food for four adults and one child.
This is a kid friendly, great budget dining experience. Not to be overlooked or judged by it's cover, this book is worth a look inside.