Hello Fellow Nom Seekers!
Grain Express is situated in the Centro Box Hill's food court and it straddles the divide between yum cha in a restaurant (sit down meal with waiters, trolleys and all) to food court (grab and go). It is the busiest shop front in the Centro food court complex and I'm guessing it's popular because a) you get fairly decent yum cha offerings and made to order noodles without having to wait too long b) being very informal dining, it attracts the large groups which otherwise would be be split to fit onto standard tables in a restaurant. Often you would see large gatherings of pensioners or families with young children rearranging the tables and seats in the food court dining area to suit.
As mentioned there is the usual yum cha fare already steamed and ready to go eg: assorted dumplings, fried entrees, buns. They also do a made to order noodles and rice dishes. Here is an idea of what they have which we ordered over several occasions both as a take away and also to have there:
|Fried Kway Teow|
|Century old egg and pork congee with Chinese donut|
|BBQ pork puff and custard egg tart|
|Fried prawn wantons|
Grain Express - yes it's in a food court but if you can get over that fact, it does fairly good yum cha offerings for those in a rush or wanting very very informal dining. I would not recommend their take on traditional hawker stall food eg laksas, fried kway teow, etc as there are plenty of other places which can do it better. However Grain Express' congee, dumplings and custard egg tarts are pretty decent.
Until next time...