Box Hill Central Location: 1 Main Street, Box Hill VIC 3128 Restaurants visited: Kitchen Republik, Movenpick Disclaimer: Sponsored article I have fond memories of growing up in Box Hill. Every time Chinese New Year turned its head, Mum and Dad would take us to the centre court of the Box Hill shopping precinct to watch the inaugural setting off of the Chinese fire crackers. The fire crackers make a deafening noise – the premise behind them is that the sound is so loud that it will ward off evil spirits from the new year – and I remember clutching tightly to Mum’s hand as each of the bright red crackers burst into oblivion.
Mr Huang Jin Location: 4-5 Katherine Place, 517 Flinders Lane, VIC 3000 Contact: 9629 5452 Anyone who’s ever lined up for xiao long bao would agree that additions to the Melbourne dumpling scene are usually not a bad thing. Set in Melbourne’s schmick Katherine Place (alongside favourites such as T by Luxbite, Hunters’ Roots and Delhi Streets), sits Mr Huang Jin, a small eatery that serves up both traditional and modern dumpling flavours.
In the middle of a rather desolate, dimly-lit street lies a surprisingly chirpy (and incredibly busy) Taiwanese restaurant called Peko Peko.
Consisting of a cluster of 6 separate food stalls, Food Republik is a dolled-up food court that captures the concept of the large, multi-shop eateries that adorn the giant department stores of Asia.