Food festival serves up new treats
The most ethnically diverse area in Auckland is celebrating its multicultralism with a special food festival.
The Taste of Puketapapa is running for two weeks from today and gives foodies a chance to sample dishes from eateries in Mt Roskill, Three Kings and Hillsborough.
Since the inaugural event last year the Puketapapa Local Board initiative has grown to include 29 establishments.
Each of the participating restaurants offers a signature dish that will be sold for less than $10. Diners will be spoilt for choice with cuisine options ranging from French to Ethiopian and Indian to Lebanese.
It is the first time Yougeswari Subramaniam has taken part in the event.
Her Dominion Rd restaurant Sanithya's specialises in traditional South Indian and Malaysian dishes.
Ms Subramaniam cooks up a storm in the small kitchen making layered roti breads and flavoursome curries.
"I've been cooking from a very young age," the Malaysian native says.
The dish she will be offering for the event is a roti canai with either dhal, chicken or lamb for $6.
"It's a small dish that everyone can try," she says.
People who take advantage of the Taste of Puketapapa specials can get stamps in a special passport for prizes. Two stamps are needed to to complete your passport, which can be dropped into an entry box at one of the participating businesses or the Mt Roskill Library. All competition entries must be received by December 9.
Visit aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/events to find a list of participating eateries and download a passport.