AUNTY FRANKLEE, HAWTHORN: This bright and happy restaurant takes me right home – reminding me of the classic Asian dishes mum cooked that I grew up with! No matter how many brunches, fancy dinners you have, there is nothing like a meal that reminds you of home – and Aunty Franklee captures Asian-styled home cooked perfectly. (whilst treating you with exceptional customer service that most classic Chinatown restaurants lack) With flavoursome sauces generously scooped over a variety of different ingredients, and a cosy sofa-like area with timber tables, this place is definitely one I’d love to head back to!
The good fat: Really enjoyed everything they presented to us. From the slightly gelatinous, ocean-esque soup of the pipis, to the crunch of the whiting, and the fatty yet aromatic pieces of lamb on our skewer, it was just a pleasure to the palate. The Bak Kut Teh was so delicious – with generous chunks of braised pork, coupled with lotus root, taro, enoki and okra, it was one of my favourites, along with the braised beef ribs. Both meats were cooked tenderly, and drizzled in classic Asian styled sauces with hints of chilli.
Likewise, the Char Keuw Teow had juicy chunks of prawns, and a tasty blend of stir fried veggies with the flat rice noodle. I’m not usually soup fan, but the earthy aroma from the mushrooms and old chicken in the Mother Hen Soup was perfect for a cold day – the chicken itself was so tender, falling away strip by strip.
Another surprise was the papaya icecream – with subtle coconut undertones, small chunks of fresh papaya, and topped with a sweet, crispy cornflake-like crumble, the icecream was a light and fresh dessert to end off our Asian food adventure.
The bad fat: It was such a pleasant experience overall so some really fine points! For example, the bak kut teh was a little salty for my liking whilst the whiting itself lacked a little bit of flavour that could be complemented by a stronger/saucier relish as the fish itself isn’t marinated. Likewise, the chinese donut was a bit crispier and oilier than it traditionally is, as there is usually a slightly more predominating dough-y type texture. Overall, the fact that the food reminds me so much of home is inevitable that I would make comparisons… and in the end there is no Asian food that can ever best mum’s cooking 🙂
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – One of the only Asian places that I’ve been to uniting both delicious authenticity with stellar customer service.
Check out Aunty Franklee’s website: http://www.auntyfranklee.com/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Aunty Franklee for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration