Wednesday, 19 September 2012

PappaRich, a satisfying hit of Asian persuasion!

Well hello there, you delightfully grubby mélange of a spoonful! How'd you like to take a ride down my oesophagus and sit yourself in my tummy? *burp*
This Saturday, the girls and I made a day out of a couple errands and spent the afternoon in Chadstone. To those that aren't familiar, Chaddy (as it is fondly nicknamed) is the big, big, big poppa of shopping centres in my area.

I'd had Asian food absolutely stuck in my head for the past few days, so this was the perfect opportunity to try out PappaRich. They offer "Malaysian delights", and since the lovely Julia is Malaysian, I was definitely going to take advantage of having her expertise in the cuisine by my side!

You order by filling out a little cheat sheet to pass to one of the waitstaff. I absolutely love this! Instead of one of the ever-busy staff impatiently lurking by your side as you mull over the menu, you can go at it at your own pace. Genius!

And it took us a looong time to figure out what we wanted to eat. The volume of azn delights on offer, plus all the beautiful photos in the menu, made it a very challenging start to a meal! Back and forth between laksas, nasi lemaks, chicken rice or prawn broth or plain rice or biryani?!

And if you have any questions about the food (which, obviously, I did), just ask them when you hand them your ticket.

"Is it possible to replace the hard boiled egg with a fried one?"

"Can you explain to me exactly what's in your dal?"

"Wait, so it comes with dal AND curry AND sambal? Omgsh, you angel."

I had to order the iced teh. I really miss that kind of milky, creamy, sweet, and blissfully rich tea that's found in so many Asian cuisines. Mmmphh!
We started with a platter of roti canai with dal, curry sauce and sambal. I love how messily it's all served! Normally I'm not a fan of sloppy plates, but ahhh! Chewy, toasty roti swirled in a muddle of sauce and spice like this? Couldn't be better.
And also, I got an order of vegetarian siew mai ($4.50). Nothing to complain about here. Except that it's served in what seemed to be a soy dipping saucer. I'd say stick to the other things on the menu though, don't waste precious stomach space on standard 'siew mai's!
Back home in Manila, we called them siomai or dimsum. Here, they're called 'dim sims' most of the time! What an odd difference.

Julia ordered the Pappa Chicken Rice ($10.90).

"A Malaysian favourite that comes complete with tender boiled chicken, fragrant jasmine rice, chicken soup, bean sprouts, and a combination of chili, ginger, and dark soya sauce for dipping."
It's pretty safe to say that she was feeling quite at home once this arrived. Just like me, Julia and Izzy have been missing the tastes of home lately, and this is exactly what we needed!

I love the way she mixes all the sauces into her rice. I tried it, and va-va-voom this girl can take her spice!

Izzy ordered the Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken ($10.90).

"Flat rice noodles in chicken soup, topped with spring onions and bean sprouts. This popular Malaysian dish is accompanied by a plate of steamed chicken."

Izzy said that the mix of spices and flavours in the soup were divine for the chilly day we were having. The hot hot hot soup toasted her up real good from the inside out, and she says she's already anticipating the next time we head back there!

And for myself, the Nasi Lemak with Vegetarian Curry Mutton ($12.90). It's served with the curry, some beautifully fiery sambal, peanuts and an egg.

Wow. Could a dish have hit the spot any better than this? I don't think so!

The spice and richness in the curry, amazing.

The sambal? Pain for pleasure or pleasure in pain? It was like a stinging slap to the tongue a la 50 Shades, if you know what I mean. The burn kept building, and I kept going back for more.

Then a crunch with from the peanuts, and that distinct bite of egg in each spoonful. The combinations are crazy good! And rice. RICE. It has been too long apart, my dear friend.
Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.
This meal was pretty legit. I'd been away from hearty, saucy Asian food for far too long, and what a way to break the fast. A big punch of heat!
Ladies and gentlemen, the nearest and dearest to my heart, here are my instructions:

1. Don't eat all day
2. Wear your 'fat pants', I know you know what I'm talking about
3. Get your tush to the first PappaRich branch you can find
4. Eat until you are lulled into a food-comatose state
5. Is that a 'thank you' I hear? You're welcome.

I didn't expect much from PappaRich to be honest - because it's a chain, and when it comes to authentic Asian food I like to go for hole-in-the-wall, run-by-your-aunties types of places. But I was gladly surprised! The two ladies I was lunching with confirmed that this is pretty damn close to how Malaysian food is meant to taste, and so did the queue to get a table at the restaurant on a Saturday afternoon! None of the excitement in Asian cooking was dulled down, they kept the spice and strength in their food. 

Good value for your money. Big servings. Bold flavours.

Love and the sweet burn of sambal,

PappaRich Malaysian Delights
Shop F029, Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Princes Highway
Chadstone, VIC 3148
+61 (3) 9568 3323

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PS. How amazing are breaded and fried cheese-stuffed jalapeño peppers? If you aren't nodding in excitement with me, please go and try these ASAP. Taco Bill was having their grand opening nearby and I snagged a couple - one of the best tangets of the day.


  1. Let's go back. I want more :3