Lunch at Kiwi Country Fast Food (Auckland, NZ)


We could easily have passed by Kiwi Country, a Chinese-Malay restaurant in the basement of a building near Albert Park. Wide stairs from street level pointed us down to the front door. Once inside, we were faced with a very extensive menu on the wall with pictures to help us decide. Next to each item were slips on which were written the name of the item; you can take one to the cashier when you’re ready to order. The interior space is large. We were the only customers except for one other party.

Pictures and item slips help when ready to place an order

The broth in the Spicy Laksa Noodles with Vegetables was very tasty and spicy, a meat-based stock though the dish had no meat in it. Depending on what’s available at the grocers, the vegetables may vary. Since this was the dead of winter, today’s selection included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and sliced radishes, with tofu and shredded carrots and green cabbage as garnish. The picture on the wall showed a garnish of cilantro, but there was none today since there wouldn’t be any available for another few months yet.

Spicy Laksa Noodles with Vegetables

Tasty Wonton Noodle Soup included nicely made pork wonton and accompanied by broccoli, carrots and cabbage.

Wonton Noodle Soup

The prices were reasonable and the selection enormous. If it’s your first time, don’t be surprised if it takes you a while to decide.

Kiwi Country Fast Food
3/189 Queen Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
09 379 8889

Gelati at Valentino’s (Auckland, NZ)


You don’t have to live in Italy anymore to have gelato. It seems that this dessert has taken the world by storm.

As we were walking around Auckland’s beautiful waterfront area, Valentino’s seemed like a very popular place. There were crowds of people in the store. Never being ones to willingly forego gelato, we slipped in. It offers the standard Italian flavors, but the ones that stood out to us were made with fruits native to New Zealand—passionfruit and feijoa. How could we resist? Delizioso.

Passionfruit and feijoa gelati