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


Getting There:

Parking: Pitt St

Train Station: Wynyard

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Temasek, Parramatta


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

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


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.


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.


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.


Coconut drink, $3.50


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

Getting There:

Parking: George Street or rear parking
By train: Parramatta

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Albee’s Kitchen, Campsie


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

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


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.


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.


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)



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.


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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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   
Web: N/A

Getting There:

Parking: Campsie shopping centre parking
By train: Campsie Station

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Albee's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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