Nestled amongst the revamped food court of Westfield Marion is a hidden gem named Lau Peking, an Asian Grocer combined with a dine-in and takeaway kitchen that is a hub for Asian culture.
Opened by Rick Li in August of 2016, Lau Peking was constructed, fitted out and opened all within a speedy twenty-seven day period and has been thriving ever since.
Decorated with traditional Asian décor such as lanterns and a hand-painted wall art installation, Lau Peking is divided into two sections. Welcoming guests at the front of the store is Mama’s Kitchen, where guests can have a taste of Asia on their plate with sit-down countertop dining. At the back of the store lies the Asian Grocer, which offers a vast array of authentic Asian produce and cooking goods for budding chefs to create Asian dishes of their own.
Adelaide Food Central paid Lau Peking a visit to sample their expansive menu of authentic Asian dishes ranging from dumplings and yumcha, to noodle soup and peking duck.
Pan Fried Pork Dumplings
Lau Peking provides plenty of choice to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds, offering steamed or pan fried dumplings with pork, chicken or vegetarian fillings. We tried the Pan Fried Pork Dumplings, which came with ten delicious little dumplings and a soy dipping sauce on the side. Each piece had been pan fried to perfection, turning the soggy wrapper into a crispy, golden layer that concealed the tender morsel of pork inside.
Crispy Duck & Dumpling Noodle Soup
A feast fit for a king, the Crispy Duck & Dumpling Noodle Soup is served across two different dishes. On a small dish comes a portion of crispy duck, tender and an earthy brown colour on the inside whilst coated in a crispy, golden skin on the outside. In a large bowl comes a generous serving of dumpling noodle soup, containing steamed dumplings, egg noodles, sprouts, bok choy, carrot and a wholesome chicken soup to warm the soul. Combine the two dishes of duck and soup together and you have a match made in heaven, the duck meat soaking up the succulent flavours of the chicken soup.
Crispy Chicken Rice
No Chinese menu is complete without Crispy Chicken Rice, and Lau Peking certainly do not disappoint with their recipe! Each delicious morsel of soft white chicken breast was covered in a crispy batter that glimmered under the light of the Chinese lanterns hanging above. Served with a heaping of steamed jasmine rice, a vibrant green steamed bok choy salad and a special roast duck sauce on the side, this dish provided a satisfying crunch that is the sign of crispy chicken done right.
Prawn Dumplings (Har Gow)
Served in a traditional bamboo steamer basket were three plump Prawn Dumplings, the steamed wrapper giving off a shine in the light. Biting into each dumpling revealed a light pink morsel of tender, crushed prawn meat inside, the juicy flavour being quickly addictive and leaving you wanting more!
Siu Mai (Pork Dimsum)
Siu Mai is the Cantonese word for open-faced dumplings, also commonly known as Pork Dimsum. A yellow, slightly crispy dumpling wrapper cradled a morsel of minced beef and vegetables such as carrot. Also served in a bamboo steamer basket to enhance Lau Peking’s traditional Asian focus, these dimsums were the perfect bite sized yumcha treat to share.
Special Fried Rice
Beautifully presented in a perfectly rounded heap in the middle of the plate was the Special Fried Rice, which was almost too immaculate to eat! The steamed jasmine rice had been slightly browned with soy sauce and stir fried to perfection along with carrot and broadbeans that were embedded in the rice on the outside. Topped with a sprinkling of spring onion for good measure, this traditional classic pairs perfectly to soak up the flavours of dishes such as the crispy duck and chicken.
BBQ Pork Rice
You can never have enough fried rice, so we just had to try the BBQ Pork Rice too! This version of fried rice included broadbeans, julienned carrot, portions of fried egg and spring onion. Just as the name suggests, the pièce de résistance of this dish were the morsels of smoky barbecue pork mixed amongst the soy sauce-infused fried rice.
Peking Duck – Two Courses
No trip to Lau Peking is complete without Peking Duck – it’s even in the restaurant’s title! Served across three separate plates, the peking duck is a do-it-yourself dish where you can make your own duck pancakes. On one dish are twelve portions of perfectly sliced peking duck, coated in a vibrant earthy glaze. Another dish holds julienned cucumber and leek along with a special roast duck sauce topped with sesame seeds. And last but not least, a third dish holds paper thin slices of pastry to create the “duck pancake”. After trying several different arrangements, we found it was best to fill our pancake first with duck, then leek or cucumber and lastly drizzle the sauce before rolling it up into a bite-sized treat.
Singapore Noodles (Chicken & BBQ Pork)
Straight from Lau Peking’s stir fried noodle menu were the Singapore Noodles, which came with chicken and barbeque pork. Soft, thin rice noodles were combined with fresh vegetables including julienned carrot, onion and bean sprouts. Small morsels of chicken breast and pork coated in a barbeque glaze were scattered throughout the mixture, adding protein to create a filling, wholesome dish. Topped with sesame seeds and spring onion ringlets, these Singapore Noodles were stir fried with a delicious soy-based sauce.
With future plans to incorporate a butcher in the Asian grocer section and expand their countertop serving, Lau Peking also hope to open up a store in Tea Tree Plaza in March of 2019.
Lau Peking can be found next to Aldi and Rheinland Bakery in the level one food court of Westfield Marion, and is open Monday – Wednesday 9:30am – 6:30pm, Thursdays 9:30am – 8:30pm, Saturdays 9am – 5:30pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm.
Words by Tayla Giles
WHERE: Westfield Marion, 297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park