Photographs: David Straight
Wairau Valley, that great unexplored expanse of big box retail, hides who knows how many local ethnic eateries. Such grim environs, yet so much food to eat. Like Haroobang, which you’ll find in a strip mall off Link Drive, in the same complex as the wondrous Queen Chef. There is always, needless to say, plenty of parking.
It is dim and quiet – dark timber, tinted windows, old men staring contemplatively into space. From here, the enormous kitchen produces a range of Korean dumplings that go out to Asian supermarkets across Auckland. There are huge, oversized ones which we’re not madly fond of, and smaller, delicate ones, made fresh and steamed just so. Everything else, we’re sad to say, is singularly awful: we wonder why they bother. Stick with the dumplings and this place makes for a brilliant pit stop between DIY warehouses. SFG
HOURS Lunch and dinner, 11.30am to 9pm.
ADDRESS 20 Link Drive, Wairau Park, ph 444-9987.
IMPORTANT DETAILS Stick with the dumplings. Trust us on this.