A visit or three to the long running Eastwood local Chinese institution, K&J Takeaway.
K&J Takeaway is a ramshackle Chinese joint on a busy corner in the epicentre of Eastwood's Chinese community. It's either totally glorious or totally dodgy depending on your point of view, we think it's wonderful. Most of K&J's business is takeaway, but we love to dine at one of the few outside tables and watch the world go by. On a sunny spring Saturday afternoon we can pretend we're in Hong Kong.
K&J has been open a long time and has a lot of fans. The menu is broad with everything from Chinese Aussie stir fries to hotpots and Hong Kong hawker treats. Over our visits we found the food ranged from average to excellent, it all depends what you order.
Black Pepper Pork Chop with Handmade Noodle - $10.50. This was a real 'Hong Kong Cafe' style dish, the pork was shiny and the sauce tasted a bit 'east almost meets west'. Shabby but filling and fun.
Spiced Salt Sashimo & Egg Sauce - $10.50. We ordered this because we had no idea what it was. The fried sardine like fishies were pretty tasty but the egg sauce was gluggy with cornflour. Again, shabby but filling and fun.
Our first feed was average at best but we see many Chinese folks eating here so we thought we'd give it a second go... and it was great. Perhaps the trick is not to order from the picture menu where the dishes above came from, just stick to the regular menu.
Soya chicken noodle soup - $9.50. This was excellent. The egg noodles were sensational with the perfect amount of chew, the broth was strong in flavour without being over powering, and the soya chicken was divine. We wonder if the chicken comes from the Chinese BBQ shop next door, which would explain why it's so fresh and tasty.
Pork and preserved egg congee set with fried bread sticks and sweet sticky gooey rice cakes. The congee is only about $7 on it's own, we guess the set was around $10. Good congee, great value.
Poong Gong Fried Rice Noodles - $9.80. Stir fried noodles with bits of everything. The stir fry noodles seem very popular here. This dish is light and non-greasy, excellent.
Waffle maker dude at work with a slick durian salesman in the background.
Animal crackers from the supermarket aroudn the corner for desert. Learn to spell as you rot your teeth!
K&J is also an option for late night bubble tea, we have popped in here after Jonga Jip. The taro milk tea with pearl is divine.
K&J Takeaway is at Shop 28, 1 Lakeside Rd, Eastwood, behind the big red chopsticks.
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