There’s more to laksa than meets the eye of Malaysian cuisines. But it doesn’t need to be this way. PappaRich(1/63a Archer St Chatswood, NSW) became an international phenomenon and arrived in Sydney beginning of this year on one of the busiest street in Chatswood. When word got out a new Malaysian restaurant had just opened, people from all around anticipated in waiting in massive long queues under the hot heated summer season and even so during this crazy cooler weather. Queues start from the door and go further back along shops to shops. If you’re lucky, lines will overturn in a few minutes or less. If you’re not a big fan of waiting go around just before citizens get off from work. It’s an absolute ideal time for dinner without having to wait in the enormous queue.
When you arrive at your table, you’ll find the usual metal cutlery, but also a paper pad and pencil. Once you scribble down your meals you have the opportunity to ring the bell that is placed on your cutlery box. It’s super idea! Service is friendly and enthusiastic to the point after one waiter leaves another one comes to assist us all over again.
To kick off is a traditional Malaysian milk tea Iced Teh ($3.90), so smooth and creamy with a strong flavour, just how it should be.
The hot Barley ($3.50) is an oldie recipe drink but a goodie for soothing a parched throat, but also curing pimples.
One of the Malaysian classic dishes is the Roti Telur Bawang ($6.90) which is freshly made in their kitchen daily. It is crispy and flaky on the outside but warm and fluffy on the inside with egg and onions throughout; served with sambal, dhal and curry sauce.
Make sure you order the Pappa Prawn Mee Laksa ($12.50) it’s super delicious! The yellow noodles absorbed in their special Pappa prawn broth which elevates prawns served with fresh pieces of prawns, half boiled egg, shredded chicken, bean sprouts and spinach vanished too quickly and I wanted to order another bowl! But for two people, we wanted to try a variety of dishes before making a verdict overall.
In between our mains Vegetarian Fu Chook Rolls ($4.90) had appeared on our table. Can’t quite put my finger on the ingredients exactly, but it was dam tasty!
It’s essential to order a rice dish whenever I come across Asian cuisines. I like to compare the variety of flavours and textures and for Pappa Special Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken & Sambal Prawn ($12.50) it was disappointment because it looked somewhat the same as what was displayed on the menu but messier presentation. Wasn’t a fan on eating cold rice, nor the chicken and prawn. It came out as a messy cold rice dish. On a better note flavour wise was intensely spicy.
It was nice to give Sultry Chai ($3.50) a try so it could cleanse our insides for us to order a few more nibbles.
We gave the Vegetarian Shui Kau dumpling ($4.90) a try. It was flavoursome and yummy! Dipping in sweet chilli sauce was even more delicious!
For two people we were reasonably full but we honestly couldn’t walk out of the restaurant without having to try their famous Hainan Toasted Bread with Butter & Kaya ($4.50). Their bread needs no introduction; it’s soft and fluffy but crispy for toasty lovers and mingles so well with a spread of butter and kaya jam. Kaya is a coconut jam made from coconut milk, chicken or duck eggs and then flavoured by pandan leaf then sweetened with sugar. This is why bread, butter and Kaya combine so well together.
See you again sometime PappaRich!
Photos by Vanny Tang