Auntie Fong Chinese Restaurant

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3 / 127 Meadowland Drive,

(09) 533 8923

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Review byAndré Taber29/08/2006

4 out of 5

Auntie Fong Chinese Restaurant is a medium-size family-run restaurant in the Somerville section of Howick that packs in devoted customers six nights a week.

With just a hint of graceful formality and well-presented food, it’s sound, reliable, and a notch or two above the everyday Chinese restaurant experience.

Deep-fried starters were the standout of the meal—cooked hot and quick so that they were not at all greasy. Spring rolls ($6 for two) were airy with a low-key vegetable filling, and thin Asian eggplant ($8) was cut into nuggets, coated in the crispiest of batters while at the same time sublimely mushy and salty on the inside.

One of our party of three also went for a bowl of beef soup ($5), which was crammed with julienned vegetables and satisfyingly salty.

We were given no wine list (Auntie Fong’s is BYO too, so if you like the grape with your Chinese food, we would advise that option) and, disappointingly, there was no Chinese beer served, so Heineken and Steinlager ($6 each) made a fine accompaniment to the meal.

From a medium-sized main menu packed with varied and appealing dishes, we chose two stir-fried options.

Both exploded with vibrant eye-appeal. Beef with ginger and spring onions ($18) was moistened with a touch of glossy sauce and the full-on flavours of the two main vegetables were well balanced to become rich and mouth-filling.

Garlic prawns ($29) were large, butterflied and plentiful, surrounded by onion, carrot, mushrooms, baby corn and bamboo shoots.

These two main plates (plus rice, brought to the table in a vacuum container from which you serve yourself) were just enough for three hungry people on a Sunday night.

Atmosphere-wise, Auntie Fong’s is calm and comfortable. There’s no music, so the hum of conversation around the tables, which range in size from intimate twosomes to round tables with 16-people capacity, fills the restaurant.

Add to that the comfort-factor of the food and the warm glow from the peach-coloured walls and tablecloths. Suffice to say Auntie Fong’s is an all-round happy place.

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