[First filed: October 25, 2008 @ 15:18]
A newish player in the crowded Garema Place scene Tepanya plays to the strengths of its location.
Serving up all meals in cute little cardboard boxes with a pair of disposable chopsticks means you can take your meal anywhere with you and eat it with a minimum of fuss and mess.
The asian staff are all smiles beneath their Australian flag decked baseball hats and the big signage explains clearly how to order.
- 1) Choose what you want with your noodles; beef, chicken, etc, etc,
2) Select what sort of noodles you want; hokkien, egg, rice, etc, etc,
3) Pick a sauce; oyster, sweet chilli, etc, etc,
If you’re daunted by this they’ve got a board with some suggested combinations
They then make it up fresh, which can take a couple of minutes.
A word of warning, noodles packed wet into those cardboard containers hold their heat. This can be a good thing if you’re going for a walk but, especially with thick hokkien noodles, you need to take some care to avoid burning your mouth.
The stir frying is masterful, delivering crisp vegetables and tender meat. IIRC $9,90 gets you a small serve which makes a decent lunch size.
The sauces, however, taste as if they’re straight out of the bottle, which is a shame when the rest of it is rather good.
It’s cheerful, reasonably snappy, not too expensive, and extremely convenient. Just what Garema Place needed.