Hawker and Roll

Hawker and Roll

When an invitation popped into my inbox just before Christmas, I knew it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

The team at Sylvia Park Shopping Mall were inviting me to sample one of the restaurants situated in the brand new dining alley known as The Grove.

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The Grove offers shoppers an al fresco dining experience and is a stand alone destination for dining even if you don’t combine it with shopping or the cinema.

A central bandstand hosts different musical acts and is a lovely place to while away a few hours whilst enjoying a drink or a meal.

One of the restaurants holding fort in the new dining precinct is Hawker and Roll. I loved the hawker rolls at Madam Woo in Takapuna so knew this would be right up my (dining) alley ;-).

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Billing itself as a fast casual restaurant, the decor represents a traditional road side hawker stand. The food on offer is Malaysian inspired street eats and the signature dish is the hawker roll.

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Copper pots and pans are filled with delicious offerings and flavours and seating is a mixture of communal and stand alone tables.

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The menu is split into Steamed and Fried, Hawker Rolls, Nasi Lemak, Salads, Soup, Sides/Sauces and Sweet.

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I took along two friends so I could try as much of the menu as possible and we began with 6 steamed pork dumplings.

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Succulent, flavourful and packed full of filling we could have eaten a dozen more they were so good.

Next up were the sweetcorn and coconut springs rolls which were an inspired combination.

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Not a combination we had thought of before but one that certainly worked.

The Malaysian spiced chicken wings were meaty and full of flavour and came with a sweet chilli sauce.

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Our final starter was the Chinese five spice pork wontons which were gobbled up immediately.

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Now, what we really came for was the Hawker Rolls and we decided to order 3 of them so we could try a few different flavours.

First was the pulled sticky pork.

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Followed by the beef rendang.

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Finally came the roast duck with hoisin.

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All were very tasty but the standout was the beef rendang. There could have been more hoisin sauce on the duck but that is just a minor niggle.

The roti bread was flaky and fresh and the fillings were generous.

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I already can’t wait to go back and tuck into more of those delicious Hawker rolls.

Is Hawker and Roll somewhere you would try? Please send me a pic of your Hawker roll if you do!

Hawker and Roll

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