Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Pappa Rich, Parramatta

Catching up with friends can be quite difficult with the hustle and bustle of everyone’s busy schedules. I see my uni friends daily as we’re slaving away, high school friends quite rare and people from primary (yes I know), roughly once or twice a year but what better way to catch up than over food.

Long over due post, but I first dined at Pappa Rich when they first opened mid last year. 5PM dinner and the restaurant was almost full, but the hype has now died down so the wait isn't too long these days. 

What I also find efficient is the self ordering system. Saves you from having to make that awkward eye contact, hand up in the air like you're still in school move to get some attention.

My friends and I started off the night with a drink each – Soya Milk Pudding w/ Grass Jelly,  Bandung (Rose Syrup w/ Milk) and Teh Tarik w/ Grass Jelly.

My Teh Tarik had an amazing tea flavour and a good amount of sweetness. The slippery chewy bits of grass jelly made me drink slower so I wouldn't spontaneously choke. Let's just say the other two drinks got demolished rather quickly. 

First to arrive was our Pappa Char Koay Teow and I must admit, I was a little disappointed by the small serving size for the price. There was a great ‘wok hei’ to it though, with the tasty sauce coating all the noodles, though a tad bit salty towards the end. 

I'd have to say this is my favourite noodle dish here - Pappa Fried Mee where thick hokkien like noodles are tossed in a tomato-ish based sauce, with chunks of prawn & potato/sweet potato and asian veggies.

Can’t go to eat Malaysian food without Roti Cani & Beef Rendang Curry now can you ? Plus an extra serve of Roti which came out relatively quick. I know it ... doesn't look THAT attractive .. but trust me it's divine.

Couldn’t exactly pin point what the two other sauces were on the plate, but the Beef Rendang shone through with the luscious meat and fat being easily torn apart and that curry sauce giving a kick to the tongue. Definitely not disappointed and a must order dish.

Our Ipoh Kuay Teoh Soup w/ Steamed Chicken  was mediocre ..  I preferred the noodles stir fried than in the soup, though the broth was very light and flavoursome.  

I found the Steamed Chicken a little dry on the inside (the first time I came here but the second time was good), but once you dunk it into the sauce and have a mouthful of noodle soup with it, it’s rather nice, though not mind blowing-ly nice to make it an every time dish for me.

Our level of health consciousness disappeared, because we all did the "Oh I don't mind ordering it ... I'll just have a piece if you want .. " to the Deep Fried Chicken Skin . It's essentially like .. pork crackling (make sure you ask them to make it extra crispy) and sooo darn tasty. One of those "so bad but so good" must orders.

If you're a lover of Green Tea or Black Sesame, I highly recommend their Matcha Rocks (with red bean pieces) or Open Sesame (hidden in this picture) which are both soy based drinks. I love how the drinks stay true to what they actually are .. soy milk with either lots of green tea/black sesame ice cream, leaving the asian flavours dominant and the artificial sweetness to a minimal. 

By the end of this post, I hope you haven't freaked out to think 3 people ate this much, because I came here twice for some consistency. I'm so in love with their drink menu which is somewhat over whelming because they all sound amazing !

Whilst I would come back to Pappa Rich, I think there are other Malaysian places out there that are better value for money as everytime I've been the portions seem to be getting smaller and smaller which saddens me.  In other news, it means more ordering and more trying new dishes so hard to say.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ichiban Boshi, CBD

When I first started this blog, Ichiban Boshi was one of my first posts so feeling rather nostalgic. I know we think ramen = hot, winter soupy, but did you know they also sell Cold Ramen because I didn't.

Ichiban Boshi currently has a Summer Cold Noodle Special Set ($15) where you can combine any cold ramen with any drink (except Suntory Premium Beer/Otokoyama Sake & Wine Bottles) saving you some loose change . Though please do tell the staff you're ordering the "Cold Noodle Special" as it's only on offer Mon-Wed (After 3PM) till the 28th February.

Summer is ending so soon ahhh !

Moving on to the good stuff, I took the plunge and went for the TanTan Tsukemen Cold Ramen  which came with a giant serving of cold noodles to be dipped in a spicy tan tan soup w/ choy sum, minced pork & gooey boiled egg.

If you're looking for a New Years resolution, trying Cold Ramen should be one. I'll be honest, I was expecting to eat "warm" ramen which didn't seem too appealing, but the noodles are served really cold somewhat crisp so when dipped into the broth is rather refreshing. Perfectly cooked noodles as well. I didn't find the soup spicy though, and it did get somewhat acidic towards the end, but that's just my opinion.

My friend A who ordered their Tonkatsu Ramen said that my dish looked yummy and despite being in a food coma, managed to have a small bowl of my cold ramen.

To accompany our mains we opted for the two most popular drinks - Melon Soda w/ Ice Cream which apparently tastes like a liquid version of the Melona Ice Cream & Iced Green Tea Cappuccino which in fact is not sweet at all. Don't expect the drinks at Starbucks as this is a cold milky drink with lots of green tea.

I raved about the Tempura Salmon Roll last time so it was a must order again. So much mayo, so much rice, so much tempura but despite the food coma, good food is never ever wasted. I can totally see myself double or even triple frying this at home to make it superrrr crunchy.

It was A's first time trying Beef Tataki and honestly, this is the only time I eat my beef this rare. With the 'tangy' sauce, it's acidic-ness is refreshing and with the super cold beef, it'll definitely be a hit in summer.

I'm sure I don't need to mention this, but my love for Ichiban Boshi has already been explained 1.5 years ago on my first post, and there's no need to convince me to return again. I found the Summer Special & Cold Ramen to be of a large serving and definitely one to try before summer is over. They also do spinach noodles and now thinking about it, which I went out of my way to try something different.

* A Little Bit Of Tang dined as a guest at Ichiban Boshi & SD Marketing Global Pty Ltd, although all my opinions  are 100% my own, honest and unbiased.  Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.