Assam Laksa THIS THURSDAY, Malay Chinese

No surprise when I Wikipedia Assam Laksa, It is listed as number 7 on World’s 50 most delicious foods on CNN international, It is a sour, fish –based soup with main ingredients of shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and vegetables including cucumber, pineapple, lettuce, onions and mint. The combination may sound weird but the taste is exceptionally good. Assam Laksa doesn’t have coconut milk like the curry laksa and taste very refreshing.

Sadly, Assam Laksa is not readily available in Sydney like in Malaysia/Singapore. Only a few places does it such as Malay Chinese, Petaling Street and Albee’s Kitchen. Lucky I worked one street away from Malay Chinese and that is my “must visit” every month. Since they only make that once a month it is important to be checking their Daily Special to make sure you don’t miss it.

It is available this coming Thursday Sep 27th. Say hi if you see me Smile

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Address:

Shop 1, 50-58 Hunter St, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-17:00, Sunday closed

Ph:+612-9231-6788

Getting There:

Parking: Pitt St

Train Station: Wynyard

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Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Sydney George Street

Happy New Year guys! Hope you had a fantastic break with your family and loved ones. I truly had a relaxing and lazy long break, other than the 3 days working through the Xmas break, only other things I did was eat, sleep and watch TV hehehe…

My bad that I should have catch up on my blog post, so here you go: Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, my latest discovery during my break, such a great find! It is situated on George Street right next to an Adult shop… I mean next to Crocodile Senior Thai near the Central station. At lunch time it is quite packed already given the store only open on Christmas day, come night, it turns into a popular dessert place with over 10 pages worth of dessert menu to choose from, oh and also it open til 2am! Another option of Passion flower, I just love variety and competitions.

www.petalingst.com.au

 

Ratings
Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: Free

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

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Apparently Petaling Street has 6 branches and five of them are located in Melbourne. When there are so many branches of one food store, it gotta be a good one and it proves me right.

When we first walked in, we see a lot of food menu and pictures hanging on the wall, what a tricky way to make you salivating before even seeing the food, we walked downstairs for a bigger seating. The menu has a lot of variety, ranging from some street food entrée, noodle soup, congee, steam fishes, rice dishes to dessert. (Dessert in a separate menu worth 10 pages long! )

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Steam rice roll, $6.80

I really like this dish, HK have a similar kind of food which we usually eat for breakfast except we don’t put fish ball and bean curd one top.

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Fried Koay Teow, $9.50

The fried koay teow is more on the spicy side, I was sweating and tearing a little when I ate this dish, it has a lot of wok hey and it was piping hot straight out from the kitchen.

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Hainannese Chicken Rice, $10.50

It has all the essentials that a good Hainannese Chicken should have, tenderness of the poached chicken and a good fragrance of the rice. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, this will be a good option for you.

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Petaling street style short rice noodle in claypot, $11.50

I am a big fan of fat and chewy noodle, this fat glass noodle is chewy and absorb all the sauce. On the top it has a big chunks of fried onion, pork mince and Chinese mushroom. Also another good option for the non spicy lover, on the down side is, this dish is more oily compare to others because a larger amount of oil is needed to keep the noodle from sticking together.

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Ice Teh Tarik, $3.50

A reasonable priced drinking menu in here, the cup is large compare those one in mamak village and it wasn’t overly sweet.

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Kopi Ice, $3.50

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Chicken Laska, $9.90

Firstly, the laska came with two different type of noodle so I believe that is the authentic way of how a laska should be. Secondly, the soup was rich and packed with lots of spice and aroma, but however, it was lacking a bit of sweetness but overall it is still not bad.

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Roti Canai with chicken curry, $10.80

I strongly don’t recommend ordering Roti here, I believe it is not their specialties. If you like fluffy roti MaMak is still the best place. The curry and chicken was nice but the roti was too dry and hard. Some part was still a little bit raw when I bite on it.

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Dessert Menu www.pcwdesserts.com.au

Such a great find! Even though a little bit disappointed on the roti but still a good experience. Next time, I am going to try the fish head or steam fish, I heard some good feedback with their fish dishes.

 

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Address:

760 George Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Sun – Wed: 11:00 to 23:00, Thur – Sat: 11:00 to 02:00
Ph:+612-9280-1006
Web: www.petalingst.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt St
By train: Central Station

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Star Buffet, Seven Hills

 

www.starbuffet.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8.5/10

Average Price
Lunch: Mon-Sat: $14.50, Sun: $21
Dinner: Sun-Thur: $21, Fri-Sat: $23.50
Special: Discount for member/senior/Children
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: Buffet style
Booking time require: 3-4 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 
Buffet 1
 

Before writing up a post on this restaurant, I need to let all my readers know that I am not the biggest fan of buffet. Firstly, I wouldn’t get my monies worth in buffet as I eat small quantity. Secondly, the quality of food is generally poor. Thirdly, I usually lost appetite when I see so many choices in front of me.

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We were here for a post mother’s day celebration dinner with my family and my brother’s in laws. With eleven of us, I suppose buffet would be the best choice to cater for the oldies, young and kids. There were two session with the dinner: 5:30pm – 7:30pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm, we were in the earlier session so I also get to take handful of pictures of the food before being destroyed by others.

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Star Buffet like most of other buffet is located inside a RSL club, it offers great variety of gourmet food ranging from Australian, Asian, European, even a sushi train, roast BBQ duck/pork plus extensive selection of salads and desserts. I must say this is a really sweet value for what you get if you compare to the Casino Star City Garden Buffet.

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My favourite was the BBQ roast duck as it was freshly roasted in house and not those that bought from supplier. It was tender and delicious and they carve it in front of you.

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Make sure you leave room for dessert because I bet you can only sample a few, although the cakes that I tried didn’t have much taste but I only tried a few things. The focal point was definitely the chocolate fountain as it attracts many kids to line up for it. Instead of dipping the ordinary marshmallow I have substitute with fruits instead and I thought it tasted great!!

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Not long after, the chef starts to bring out some nice tiny crème brulee. OMG , anyone who knows me would know that my favourite dessert is crème brulee and I was very impress that they had it here. I took one back to my table and can’t wait to crack the sugar on top. It was very creamy and fresh but the brulee itself was lacking the punch of vanilla bean and taste a bit too eggy.

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I had a really good night and catch up with my family even though I didn’t eat much, but it was equally enjoyable watching my family demolish about 20 plates of foods.

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Conclusion: The variety of food is quite extensive and you are paying for a buffet that offers a lot of different things. Strongly recommend for big eater or families with kids.

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Address:

Corner Best Rd & William St, Seven Hills 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 11:30 to 14:00, 17:30 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9622-9690
Web: www.starbuffet.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Next to the RSL club 
By train: Seven Hills Station

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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Albee’s Kitchen, Campsie

 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $5 – $10
Main: $10 – $25
Dessert: $5 – $8
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Normal
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
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Recently I was obsessed with South East Asian food, like Thai and Malaysian food. Almost visiting and discovering one every week. At a place like Campsie I have found this little hidden treasure which does cheap and authentic Malaysian Hawker style food – Albee’s Kitchen.

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Very small in size, probably can only fit 30 people max, the first time when I was here we knew we are going to come back, but that time I still haven’t have my blog established hence didn’t take any pics =( but Don’t worry readers, I will keep coming back to try more dish and update this post.

Given the terrible 33+C temperature we decided to stick with non-soupy stuff. We were tossing up between picking the Pandan chicken or deep fried nam yu flavoured pork ribs. At the end we choose the Pandan chicken as we have never tired it and it looks quite tasty and unique wrapped in Pandan leaf, we even wonder did the chicken have Pandan infuse into it haha.

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Chendol (House Traditional hawker Green Jelly Ice), $4

As soon as we sat down, we saw the picture of Chendol drink on the wall, and immediately asked the waitress to order two. What a better way to quenche a thirst than to throw down a cold drink full of ice, coconut milk, palm sugar, and chendol (pandan jelly)

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Pandan Chicken, $13.80

As the chicken arrived at our table, it was nicely presented wrapped in pandan leafs held with toothpicks. Our initial thought was what purpose of the pandan leaf served in this dish, was it presentation? But after I bited into it, the chicken was very moist and tasty. We soon realised the pandan leaf probably acted as a barrier to keep the juice from running out.

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Char Kuey Tiaw, $9.50

Char kuey tiaw was not bad but wasn’t the best we had. This dish lacks a bit of taste and punch of spice. However, portion was generous and we struggle to finish it.

Conclusion: A real find. Albee’s kitchen offers many tempting choice, the food here are authentic and reasonably priced.

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Address:

282 Beamish St, Campsie 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00 to 15:00, 17:00 to 22:00, Sat – Sun: 11:00 to 22:00   
Ph:+612-9718-9200
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Campsie shopping centre parking
By train: Campsie Station

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Ba Ba Laksa House, Town Hall

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 4/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: $9-$12
Dessert: N/A
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: Free
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Difficult
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins
Booking time require: 1-2 Days or Walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: No

Friday lunch, are you just sick and tired of finding a new place to have a quick one hour work lunch with your colleague and friends? Ba Ba Laska house is located inside Grace Hotel. Who would have thought inside this fancy hotel is a tiny authentic Singapore/Malaysian restaurant?

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There are two entries to the Hotel, one is King St & York St, the other one is King St & Clarence St. The Clarence St one will bring you straight into Ba Ba Laksa house at the ease of wandering around.

 

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Satay Chicken (4) Rice, $10.50

I’ve been to this place several times, due to one simple reason – close to my office. And during the cold weather you just want something hot to keep your brain functioning. We ordered 3 dishes. Satay Chicken looks nice and presentable with generous amount of satay peanut sauce. There was huge amount of rice which you may not be able to finish if you are a small eater. Chicken has some nice char grill flavour on it but sadly, it was not as moist and tender as I thought.

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Fried Hainanese Chicken Rice, $10.50

Traditionally, Hainanese chicken rice should be boiled. But I found the fried one here tasted absolutely beautiful! It is a dreadfully simple dish, but the catch is the grainy rice with a touch of ginger and garlic flavour. The chicken was fried to my liking where crispy on the skin and moist inside. The ginger and spring onion on top completed the dish. The dish came with a complementary clear soup which was too pepperish and the chilli sauce was rather watery.

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Nasi Lemak – Fragrant coconut rice served with curry chicken, sambal egg, fried anchovies and ahchat (malay salad), $10.50

Besides the Hainanese Chicken Rice, this was my second favourite dish. But make sure you tell the boss to substitute the chicken to beef. It tasted 10 times better! (Sadly my colleague didn’t ask for my professional advice before she ordered this) The complex flavour of this dish was typical of the food of Malaysia. Few complains for this dish: the onion could have been chopped a little bit smaller, the curry gravy was cold rather than hot.

Conclusion: Overall, my lunch experiences to Ba Ba Laska house were little hit and miss. You will be surprise how packed this place can fill up during lunch time. Service is nothing special, pretty much like fast food. You pay, and get a seat. A great place to stop and visit if you are in the city and want a quick, delicious bite to eat.

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Address:

24Grace Hotel, G8 Ground Floor. 77-79 York Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 11:00 to 15:00
Ph:+612-9299-5833
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Clarence Street or Kent Street 
By: Train:  Town Hall/Wynyard Station
By Bus:

Baba laska bus map

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