"Peko peko" is a Japanese onomatopoeia for "I'm hungry". Peko Peko is a popular Taiwanese style cafe located in Southbank, across the road from Royal Botanic Gardens. Opened for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, the cafe is both popular with city office workers and residents of nearby apartments. During lunch time the cafe can be become crowded so a booking is recommended to ensure a spot.
In the entree menu, Peko Peko features a range of spring rolls, including unusual flavours such as avocado prawn spring roll. Other entree items include Taiwanese sausages and dumplings.
For your main, the menu offers a variety of yummy bento boxes (salt and chilli chicken is shown above). Some bento options include pop chicken, sliced ginger beef, and five spices calamari. Each bento box has a generous amount of the main, with rice, a vegetable side dish, and tofu with sauce. If you don't find cute bento boxes enticing, then there are fried and soup noodle options, several types of fried rice and curries. For the health conscious, there are also soups and salads. Most entrees are under $10, and mains under $15.
There are certainly cheaper options in Chinatown, however the price is reasonable for the comfortable environment. Peko Peko is unique in its cute and quirky artwork and decorations scattered throughout the cafe. The seating is also comfortable, with rows for larger groups, and cosy corners for couples and smaller gatherings.