Pappa Rich Chadstone

Shop F029, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chadstone 
Date visited: 8th June 2013

We stopped by Pappa Rich for dinner before leaving Chadstone.  It was only 5.30pm, but since it was a Saturday evening, we decided early was better than late to avoid the weekend dinner crowd.

Boy, were we so wrong.  This was the crowd before 6pm.  Oh well, it all added to the noisy, merry Malaysian hawker centre feel :D

We waited a few minutes for a table - this was not bad, considering the crowd of people waiting outside as we were leaving later.

It was already extremely busy when we arrived and the ordering process wasn't explained to us.  We'd been to the Pappa Rich in the CBD so that wasn't too much of an issue - write your order down on the pad of paper and press the buzzer to call the waitstaff.  

Our drinks and food didn't take too long to arrive.  AS had the Iced Barley.  I forgot to take a photo until she already drank it.  Oops.

Iced barley $3.90
MerlinFan and I had the Teh & Jelly, which was iced milk tea with soft, slippery grass jelly perfect for slurping through the wide straw.  I loved the strong, slightly acidic taste to the tea that cut through the creaminess - mmm.

Teh & jelly (iced) $4.90
AS had the Wat Tan Hor.  The serving was decent sized and good value for money.  The gravy was generous in amount, flavoursome with the scent of seafood and topped off with crispy shallots.  

Wat Tan Hor $11.50
AH had the Crispy Egg Noodle.  Man, look at that mountain - AH couldn't finish it and ended up giving some of her noodles to AS.  She really enjoyed the crispy noodles, though.  The gravy was similar, perfectly seasoned.

Crispy Egg Noodle $11.50
MerlinFan had the Curry Laksa with Chicken.  She enjoyed the curry soup, but felt the thick noodles were just a little overdone.  There were regular tofu, fried tofu and some chicken and eggplant.  MerlinFan commented they could have been a bit more generous with the toppings.

Curry Laksa Chicken $11.50
I really liked the Roti Canai with Curry Chicken in the CBD branch, so I had it again today.  The roti was just as good, and the chicken really tender and juicy, the curry not overly spicy.  It's always nice to see consistency.

Roti Canai with Curry Chicken $10.90
As if that wasn't enough, we also ordered a platter of satay to share.  Satay are seasoned, skewered meat grilled over a charcoal fire - you could choose between chicken, beef or both; we chose a platter of six Chicken Satay.  The satay were plumber than the flat, skinny ones we usually have at home, however, taste-wise, it was tender, juicy and had that delicious, fragrant tumeric marinate.  Fat, authentic satay on steroids?  Hell yeah.  Now, if only they came with ketupat (a packed rice dumpling wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch that traditionally accompanies satay).

Satay chicken (6 pieces) $11.90
Overall, we were happy with the fast, unpretentious food that Pappa Rich had to offer.  Talk about Malaysian hawker food nostalgia.

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