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Tasty questions with Michael Choi, Lucky Buddha


Lucky Buddha Eatery on Fort Street specialises in Asian fusion covering flavours from Japan, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

Michael Choi is the chef/owner at Lucky Buddha Eatery and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment.


Describe your restaurant’s food:

Fusion Asian cuisine.

What is your restaurant’s signature dish?:

Chinkiang glazed lamb ribs with crisp apple salad.

Name your favourite comfort food:

Any kind of noodles

What did you have for breakfast?

Vietnamese beef broth (from night before) and croissant (from New World Supermarket).

What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week?

Dry dan dan noodle and tofu salad from BASU Noodle & Dumpling in Takapuna.

What is an underrated ingredient?

Jellyfish and octopus.

What are 3 sources of inspiration to you?

Travel, dining out and family.

Favourite restaurant?

Meredith’s and BASU Noodle & Dumpling in Auckland. Sixpenny and Supernormal in Australia.

There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing?

A big plate of tiramisu with pandan cream.

What is your most memorable meal?

Eating Naem (fermented Thai sausage), fresh ginger, chilli, roasted unsalted peanuts and frozen Chang beer at rooftop bar in Bangkok (near Suan Dusit University) after hard working day.


Just for Restaurant Month

Seafood Floating Degustation

Thursday 13 August, 6.30pm
Lucky Buddha Eatery, 48 Fort Street
Including a 7-course degustation dinner with matching wines and a glass of bubbles on arrival. A night of seafood appreciation with a twist; NZ seafood with Asian flavour inspiration matched with iconic and biodynamic NZ wines from Rippon Vineyard.
Tickets $75 per person. Tickets available here.

3 courses for $40

Lucky Buddha’s Restaurant Month special is a three course dinner or lunch for $40. Options include ‘Thai bangers’ pork sausage, braised beef brisket with soy-braised pine nuts, pan roasted blue moki with XO sauce and black tea panna cotta. Available throughout August 2015.


Images used with permission from Lucky Buddha Eatery.
This entry was posted in: Interviews


I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.

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