Diners looking for authentic Thai or Indian cuisine, along with salads and kebabs, have a new option in Orewa.
Food Junction, on Hibiscus Coast Highway, boasts not one but two chefs – Thailand-born Preecha Konkaew and Indian-born Mohammed.
Although both men have lived in New Zealand for many years, they have retained the cooking skills they learned before they arrived here, which they have blended to fit the Kiwi taste.
For Mohammed, that means using many of the spices from his native Hyderabad.
“Spices aren’t just used for flavouring in Indian food,” he says. “Many such as turmeric have medicinal purposes as well.”
For Preecha, it means toning down the heat in some of his dishes.
The two chefs have designed a menu with plenty of choice for eat-in or takeaway customers, and all at affordable prices. As well as all the favourite Thai and Indian dishes, such as butter chicken and Panang curry, there are vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, and a wide range of salads, kebabs and smoothies.
“We think the menu reflects the depth of experience we have both had in kitchens in NZ and overseas.
“There are lots of healthy options, we use fresh fruit and vegetables, and we serve good sized portions.”
The chefs say they are looking forward to getting to know the local community and welcome all feedback.
“We love cooking and serving people.”
September has been a busy month for Preecha, who lives in Silverdale. Not only did it mark the opening of his own restaurant, but he also became a Dad to a baby girl just days before the restaurant opened. Mohammed, on the other hand, has three children aged from five to 12 years.