Mai Luu is not one to stand still. She loves being on the wok and pans, bringing her skills in Asian cuisine to appreciative diners. But Mai is a successful businesswoman, too.
Before opening her newest venture, Melton Noodle Cuisine, Mai established four Noodle Cuisine outlets – they’re up and running in Riddells Creek, Sunbury, Deniliquin and Swan Hill.
Mai plans another one – it’ll be opening soon in Romsey.
In the meantime, Mai and her chefs – all from her family – have been serving all the favourite Asian noodle dishes to Melton locals since March.
Three other family members help keep the customer service humming.
What keeps Mai going with so much on her plate?
She says it comes down to three simple things.
“Firstly, I love cooking – it’s a part of me,” she says. “Next, I really enjoy seeing regular customers who keep coming back to try different things on our menu.
“And then it’s the fact that I love meeting new people – they energise me and keep me focused.”
Dishes range through seafood, chicken, beef and pork variations, with many vegetarian options.
Diners can eat in, collect a takeaway or get home deliveries between 5-9pm.
Mai and her team deliver quick lunches, whether takeaway or eat-in – they’re very affordable. For $11.80, diners can choose any meal on the menu and get a bottle of water thrown in.
Favourites such as Singapore noodles and special fried rice are on the menu, alongside a long list of tasty noodle and rice dishes.
Now the weather is turning colder, it’s a great time to enjoy pho (Vietnamese noodle soups) the eatery has to offer.
Two standouts include a classic curry laksa with protein of choice and the wonton noodle soup full of flavour and goodness.
For vegos, fried tofu with different accompaniments is an option, another being the tofu served with Mongolian sauce and vegies.
Mai is keen to connect with the business community, as well as Melton families.
Her team can prepare platters for all kinds of occasions or fully cater for private and corporate events.
Melton Noodle Cuisine, 49 Bakery Square, Melton. Opens 11am-9pm Monday-Saturday; and noon-9pm Sunday. Inquiries: 8088 2929