Category Archives: Malaysian

PappaRich, Chatswood

PappaRich is the newest contender for the most popular Malaysian restaurant in town. The chain hails from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and opened up outlets in Victoria before heading up to Sydney, and the Chatswood store is absolutely packed on the Saturday night we went at 5.30pm to queue up for a table for 7. Even though we had got in early, we were one of the last people to be able to wait inside the foyer; diners who came after us were forced to wait in an orderly queue outside in the cold.

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Sedap, Town Hall

Sydney continues its love affair with Malaysian food with newcomer Sedap opening its doors at Regent Place recently, just a couple stores down from Chanoma Cafe. To create an illusion of an authentic Malaysian street stall in the heart of Sydney, they have  gone for a canteen set up with a mock stall counter at the front and simple furniture. The decor complements the range of hawker style dishes on their menu and there’s even some signs up above their counters which proclaim that they sell the usual suspects of Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice etc. but be warned that they do not serve these dishes all day long. We arrived for an early dinner at 5.30pm and were told that we could only order off their dinner menu which doesn’t include the dishes on the signs we had spied.

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The Malaya, King Street Wharf

Sydney has become quite infatuated with Malaysian food over the last year, but The Malaya down on King Street Wharf has been serving up this flavoursome cuisine to Sydneysiders for around 50 years now. My first visit to The Malaya was last year for a work Christmas lunch where we had the banquet menu and I had been pleasantly surprised by their tasty chilli bean sprouts and garlic chives dish.

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Petaling Street: Malaysian Hawker Food, Haymarket

It was only a few years ago that I was whinging about the lack of proper Malaysian restaurants in Sydney, as they were mostly food court or takeaway affairs which made it hard to find a restaurant to have an actual sit down dinner in. Then along came the incredibly successful Mamak, with its eternal long queues which were a necessary evil to confront if you wanted to get a fix of their signature paper thin roti – but if you’re keen to avoid the long queues for tasty Malaysian food then head down George Street to Petaling Street at Haymarket and you won’t be disappointed.

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Bodhi Restaurant & Bar, Sydney CBD

Recently, Helen (the talented Excuse Me Waiter designer) and I graduated from University (woo!) and we were trying to think of a unique restaurant to go celebrate at. Helen suggested a vegetarian restaurant near her workplace so we thought we’d check it out!

Bodhi is a very well hidden restaurant. It managed to cause all members of our party grief as we tried searching for it. It is located in between Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the aquatic centre near Hyde Park, but is not visible from street level. To access it, you have to go in between the Cathedral and the aquatic centre, walk away from the park and you will see two flights of stairs leading down. Take the right one, and Bodhi’s outdoor seating will be in sight, with the entrance and indoors seating visible if you keep walking. Your phone map can only help you so much here since it’s not on the street level.

The restaurant is quite big (thanks to the outdoor seating) and the interior is long and narrow. For a Friday night, it’s not busy at all even when we leave at 8pm. We take a read through the dishes and eye some “meaty” dishes, no doubt made with a vegetarian twist and can’t wait to see their interpretation.

Salt, pepper, chilli, coriander, tempura vegetarian ‘prawns’ (5 pcs) – $12.5

First up is our entree consisting of tempura prawns. These prawns tastes like calamari but not as chewy. The batter is also reminiscent of fish ‘n’ chips instead of tempura batter. It isn’t served with a sauce and I think it would go better with some sweet chilli sauce, but otherwise a good take on prawns.

Dry roasted peanut spices topped on deep fried eggplant with a celery, coriander, tofu mince and asian mushroom stuffing – $17.5

The eggplant is served fried in a batter similar to the previous prawn dish. It is big and crispy and goes well with the lemon wedge. The mushroom stuffing is also soft and juicy – another good dish!

Bodhi vegetarian peking ‘duck’, bbq sauce, cucumber and pancakes (4 pcs) – $21

Helen had been raving about the peking duck here so I was quite excited to try it. The pancake that is provided is thicker than what I am accustomed to and the peking duck surprisingly does taste like a bird! However, the meat is served crispy and fried similar to our earlier dishes. It’s a nice rendition but it lacks the juiciness of the real thing and I much prefer actual duck instead of this.

Malaysian curry ‘chicken’ with lychee, asparagus, pineapple, snow peas, cabbage, tofu, tomato, bamboo shoots and cashew nuts – $19 (add $3 for ‘chicken’ or ‘seafood’)

Our last dish is the curry. The sauce isn’t as rich as the real deal and the flavour is ok, but there are some problems with the fillings. Firstly, the lychee tastes really strange here. I’ve had cooked lychee before which has added sweetness to dishes but here it has absorbed some weird flavour and doesn’t work at all. In addition to this, the chicken tastes…interesting. We get conflicting opinions from our party, such as the chicken tasting like nuts, turkey or tofu, three completely different things. Either way, actual chicken tastes a lot better.

Overall I don’t think I’ll be returning here anytime soon. The dishes which were done well were the fried dishes, but otherwise I find that I really just prefer eating actual meat. I’m all for vegetables, but vegetarian takes on meat are not my thing.

Bodhi Restaurant & Bar
4 College St Cook & Phillip Park Leisure Complex
Sydney, NSW 2000
Ph:  (02) 9360 2523

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