Temasek, Parramatta

 

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $13 – $36
Dessert: $5 – $7
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $1.50
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Normal
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Normal
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: A week in advance
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
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Every year on father’s day we come here and sometimes his birthday too, because dad loves this place, even though we ordered almost the same thing every time and we still love it. I almost try out 90% items on the menu and only ordered the best out of the best. Despite I hear lots of good feedback about Ginger & Spice in Neutral Bay, which is a sister restaurant of Temasek, I still stayed loyal to Temesek.

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Hainanese Chicken (whole boneless), $38

Back in 5 or 6 years ago Hainanese chicken was less than $30, price increased every year but still couldn’t stop myself from going there. Hainanese chicken seems like an easy recipe but infact it requires hundreds of steps such as leaving the chicken in the boiling water standing then lifting up the chicken and repeating this process to create a tender and juicy result. The Hainanese chicken at first glance looked pleasing to the eye as I really hate those Hainanese chicken that has the skin falling apart and watery on the plate. The bird, sunken in sweet soy showing a little tenderness when combine with the fragrant rice.

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Chendol drink, $4.50

This sweet drink with coconut milk, green noodle and palm sugar is one of my favourite drink. Not the best I’ve tried in Temesek but still good.

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Coconut drink, $3.50

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Sambal Balacaan Kang Kong, $16.80

When I was in Thailand last year I eat this dish almost everyday. I can’t explain how much I love kang kong. As you can see, we ordered two serving here because when it comes to Kang Kong we fight like in a battlefield. The spicy chilli paste is so addicting with white rice.

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Singapore Chilli King Prawn, $19.80

If you ordered Singapore chilli crab in here the sauce is basically the same as the Singapore chilli king prawn dish. So have a try at this one first and see if you like it. The foundation of the sauce is made with tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce, water and lime juice. You will be surprise how flavoursome these combination turn out to be. This dish is quite spicy and the egg is smooth and just cooked.

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Kecap Manis Sotong (Fried Calamari in sweet sauce), $19.80

This is my favourite dish hence why it is on the chef’s special,  squid is battered and deep-fried, stirred into a sweet honey soy coating. You cannot stop eating rice to go with it.

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Gado Gado (Combination of french beans, bean spout, cucumber, boiled eggs, and tofu served with homemade peanut sauce), $11.80

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Sambal Fish, $23.80

Fish fillet with aromatic Asian herbs, onion in rich coconut gravy. The dish was not spicy and it was very different to my expectation. I was expecting more chilli and veges in this dish.

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Chicken Flat rice noodle with egg white sauce, $17.80

Chicken flat rice was very bland and oily. I reckon this was a wrong dish to order for dinner. Maybe it would be better if it is for lunch. The egg white sauce was way too gooey, almost felt like the noodle was drowning in the sauce calling for help.

Conclusion: For some of the most authentic Malaysian / Singaporean in Sydney, head to Parramatta. Fantastic chilli prawn and chicken rice to be had here.

 

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Address:

The Roxy Arcade 71 George St, Parramatta 
opening hrs: Tue – Sun: 11:30 to 14:30, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9633-9926
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: George Street or rear parking
By train: Parramatta

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon Food Favourites
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:44:45

    hope to revisit one day. it’s been too long 🙂

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  2. JC
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 21:34:19

    pricey but food is very good 🙂

    Reply

  3. Miss Piggy
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 00:49:44

    After my first visit to Temasek last night I’m in love. It’s obviously better to go with a big group like you did as you get to try so many more dishes. The Hainanese chicken and the calamari are next on my hit list. Noms.

    Reply

  4. Christine
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 02:35:54

    yum! that hainese chicken and drinks look great! what a shame about the chicken rice noodles.. they sound so good otherwise..!

    Reply

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