MELBOURNE | Jojo Little Kitchen is a popular Malaysian eatery that recently opened their first Australian store. They specialise in Pan Mee, a Hakka-style flat flour noodle that’s very popular in Malaysia.
To find Jojo Little Kitchen, look for the Andrew’s Hamburger outlet at the front of the new Fulton Lane tower on A’Beckett Street. Walk past this and you’ll notice an assortment of food places not visible from the street, at the end of them all is Jojo. It’s a small, well lit venue with a bench near the register for those dining solo and a few small tables with seats. You are seated promptly with a menu, and when you’re ready to order you go up and pay and get a number. The food is brought out to your table when ready.
The main reason people come here is for the Pan Mee, and there are several options available. Most can be enjoyed as a soup, which uses a pork bone and dried anchovy broth, or dry. Soup is more traditional but dry is very popular in Malaysia these days. We opted for the soup fried pork version and the dry minced pork version. For noodles we went for the traditional thin noodles, but you can also choose thick, torn and wide noodles if you want.
The fried pork version was delicious, with flavoursome and tender on the inside, crispy on the outside pork atop a light broth filled with dried anchovies, spring onion, and leafy greens. The dry minced pork version was even better, with a generous serving of minced pork served atop a bowl of noodles along with a mound of dry chilli powder and a gooey egg. Mixed together it’s wonderfully spicy, flavoursome and filling.
There’s also a small selection of sides and additions like egg, wontons, fish balls, pork balls, century egg dumplings, and chilli. We ordered two of the dumplings which were rather tasty and came with a side of fiery sambal. For drinks its an assortment of traditional Malaysian drinks – we opted for one of our favourites, grass jelly drink.
We only discovered that Jojo Little Kitchen has opened because a friend told us about it and we’re glad that he did. What we tried was delicious, and has us already craving more.
Jojo Little Kitchen
120 A’Beckett Street
E-mail: [email protected]
Tue – Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm