Golden Century Restaurant (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)
This place was recommended buy a colleague after they had a lunch here one time, I was a bit sceptical at first was it was located in a not so nice place in the Auckland CBD but they were singing praises for this restaurant so I was slightly convinced. Couple of weeks after they dined in again and took some photos of the food they ordered which was really massive for one order in a very affordable price ($10.00 to $15.00) per dish, I was then totally convinced. I never came with them until he took a very long leave and went back home to Hong Kong. Day had passed I forgot about this place until one time I did not have my packed lunch.
With my new colleague we went here, I still did not know where it was but they told me it was beside Auckland City Mission, a soup kitchen here in Auckland. As we walked I was looking at the side because they said the entrance it quite narrow and easily missed, I did not find it so I ended up calling one of our colleagues that dined with him before. He told me it was inside the Auckland City Hotel.
As we came in, it was not bad at all as I had thought, the place was clean, quiet and it looks like your usual Chinese restaurant in Auckland where big round tables with lazy Suzanne dominates the premises. We were then offered to seat immediately and were offered their lunch menu together with a really big bowl of soup.
It was so massive, the first time I had it, I was already full even before our orders arrived. For non-Asians it can be a shock to see this kind of soup as it is served with a big bone section of a pork together with some roughly chopped and vegetable scraps. Even though it was all bones surprisingly it was meaty, in some parts of the Philippines this is already considered to be a full viand, all you need is a plate and some spicy fish sauce on the side.
I have to tell this again the bowl was massive, roughly around 12 inches to 15 inches in diameter and it has a good depth so one of those can serve at least 6 but there were only two of us. We did not finish the soup as we have other orders.