Hikaru Ramen, Perth

HikaruWebsite: http://www.hikaru.com.au/

Hikaru Ramen & Japanese Food is a new ramen noodle house located on St Georges Terrace right next to the St Martins Tower. I was recommended to try this place by a PFEs follower on Facebook. (Thanks for the recommendation as I really like this place! Been here three times now!)

As the restaurant name suggests, it’s main attraction is the ramen! They do however still sell other Japanese food such as the donburi, sashimi, sushi and salads. I believe there are two other Hikarus scattered around the city, one on Barrack St, and the other in Brookfield Place, focusing either on sushi or Japanese meals. I’m happy with this Hikaru which is more about the ramen, 9 varieties to choose from.

Donburi & Ramen

Other Japanese food can be found on display at the counter. The sushi varieties look great too!

Sashimi Sushi

On my first visit, I had the Karaage Chicken Ramen in Tonkotsu soup ($10.90) while my friend ordered the Pork Rib Ramen in Shio Soup ($12.90).

Karaage chicken ramen in tonkotsu soup Karaage chicken

My first impression of this dish was not that great due to the chicken’s blandness and thick batter. I like the ramen noodle soup itself though, the broth was flavorsome and noodles ‘al-dente’. I also like how they serve the fried chicken on a separate plate so that they wouldn’t go soggy. Plus for the thought!

Pork Rib Ramen in Shio soup

My friend liked her Pork Rib Ramen in Shio soup!

On my second visit, I ordered the Chashu Pork Ramen in  Tonkotsu soup ($11.90). This was delicious, with the melt in the mouth pork belly and flavorsome tonkotsu broth topped with a slightly runny egg. Love it, and especially great on a cold day!

Chashu Pork Ramen in Tonkotsu soup Chashu Pork Ramen in Tonkotsu soup

On my latest visit, I decided to get the Karaage Chicken Ramen in Tonkotsu soup again as I was craving something crunchy :p I noticed an improvement to the chicken straightaway, the batter was less thick and it tasted more flavorsome. The chicken pieces however were still chunky in size so the marinate did not get through into the middle part making this part still quite bland. I like the addition of black sesame seed and bean sprouts in the noodle soup! Another improvement!

Karaage Chicken Ramen

While sitting on the bench, I noticed that Hikaru offer a free Kaedama (an additional order of noodle) per ramen for dine-in customers. Great for those who want an extra portion! Hikaru also offer a deal where you can eat free on your birthday when you friend(s) buy at least one full priced meal. Now what am I doing for my birthday this year! :p

Deals at Hikaru

Great Japanese Ramen discovery thanks once again to one of our readers. Will definitely be back for more in the future!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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****Delivery Hero****

Website: http://www.deliveryhero.com.au/

The PFEs were invited recently to try out another takeaway food order and delivery website called Delivery Hero. There seem to be a number of this service around nowadays, takeaway order and delivery must be getting very popular! I must admit it is quite convenient especially on days when I am too busy or too tired to either cook or head out for a meal! Additional bonus if the restaurant offers free delivery!

How does Delivery Hero work? It’s as simple as…

  • Enter your address
  • Choose your restaurant
  • Select your payment method
  • Food is on its way

It can’t get any simpler!

The perfect opportunity came for me to use Delivery Hero one evening when I had a long day at work and did not feel like cooking or going out. Time to turn on the computer and search for food, the “technological” way! :p

Delivery Hero

To find the list of participating restaurants available for order around the area, I entered the postcode of my suburb and out came the list of restaurants where I can order from. The restaurants are listed by cuisine on the left hand side of the webpage. There seem to be more restaurants available with Delivery Hero around my area. Iteven extends to restaurants in Morley, a fair bit away.

With each restaurant listed, information such as the address, opening times, min. delivery order amount and costumers’ ratings are listed. Some restaurants even allow Pre-Order, where ordering can be made before the restaurant’s trading hours. Very efficient!

I decided to go for a Thai restaurant, Song Thai, located in Morley.  The itemized menu is listed as soon as you click on the restaurant. There were quite a few to choose from and it took me awhile to finally decide on what I wanted. After the food selection is completed, payment can be made via cash, paypal or credit card. Once order is placed, a SMS came within a few minutes to notify me of the expected delivery time. The delivery, to my surprise came 20 minutes earlier than expected which was great for my starving tummy!

My order included the following:

  • Stir Fried Pla Rard Prik (Crispy Fish with sauce) for $18.90 - the fish was packed separately to the sauce which was great to maintain the crispiness of the fish. I could smell the spices in the sauce as soon as I opened the lid. Tasted great!

Crispy Fish with sauce Crispy Fish with sauce

  • Goong Manow (BBQ Prawn Salad) for $17.90 – the dish looked simple but it came with a special spicy and sourish dressing. It was quite hot but tolerable.

BBQ Prawn Salad BBQ Prawn Salad

  • Kao Pad (Thai Fried Rice) for $10.50 vegetarian – the fried rice was very tasty and was packed to the brim. Loved the egg and cashew nuts in it, very appetizing!

Thai Fried Rice Thai Fried Rice

Song Thai does not offer any desserts on its menu which was a bummer. I would have loved some dessert after my meal!

Overall, a yummy takeaway meal with Song Thai and a super easy way of ordering and getting the food delivered to my house. I had to commend the friendliness of the delivery staff from Song Thai as well, he even went to the extent of telling me about the fish and how they have separated it from the sauce so that it wouldn’t go soggy. That’s what engaging your customer is all about!

Thanks to Delivery Hero for the opportunity to try out their service!

Narration by: Miss L
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***Gelare introduces Vegan Ice Cream – Win 1 of 5 $10 voucher to try it out!***

Geláre is bringing vegan ice cream to Western Australia, giving vegans and those who are lactose intolerant the chance to enjoy the iconic ice cream brand.  Geláre vegan ice cream is made with organic ingredients and contains no dairy, eggs or any other animal based products. It is made totally different to the normal ice cream, however still appears and tastes the same.

“We wanted to provide vegans and those who are lactose intolerant with a dessert choice that mimics ice cream with all its pleasures,” Geláre Founder and Director Farid Torabi said.

“Making Vegan ice cream flavours is not an easy task,” Farid explains.

“To make an ice cream with all none of the traditional ingredients, whilst creating the same texture and flavours, is a challenge in itself. We are currently working on new flavours and are looking forward to bringing further vegan products to Geláre stores.”

Geláre currently offers three vegan ice cream flavours – Naked Chocolate, Cappuccino and Dark Chocolate.

Naked Coconut - ingredients include Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Organic Guar Gum), Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Dried Coconut, Organic Coconut Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract

Cappuccino - ingredients include Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Organic Guar Gum), Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Coconut Cream, Organic Fair Trade Coffee, Organic Fair Trade Coffee Beans, Organic Vanilla Extract

Dark Chocolate - ingredients include Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Organic Guar Gum), Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Fair Trade Cocoa (processed with alkali), Organic Vanilla Extract


Would you like to try some? Now you can, with a chance to WIN 1 of 5 $10 voucher to spend in a Gelare store. Simply like our page on Facebook (click here) and let us know which flavor you would like to try most out of the three! Email us at perthfoodengineers@gmail.com or leave a message on our Facebook page. Note that vouchers are not specific to the vegan ice cream, it can also be used to purchase non vegan ice cream as well.

Winners will be drawn and announced on Sunday 26/10/14 5pm. All the best :)

For more information on Geláre, and to find your nearest store, visit www.gelare.com.au.

Rasa Enak, Greenwood

Rasa EnakRasa Enak is located in a shopping complex on Coolibah Drive in Greenwood. We ended up here one Sunday afternoon as my friend wanted a quick and tasty Asian lunch after church and this was her recommendation. Not being very familiar with the eatery up north, I happily obliged.

Being located within the shopping complex, there was ample parking which was great. The restaurant was simple and quite small in size, I would describe it as your typical suburban Malaysian restaurant, no fuss, quick and convenient. The restaurant was nearly full by the time we arrived so that was a good sign!

We ordered from the lunch special menu, the Hawker Style with a variety of noodles and fried rice costing $9.50 including a can of drink. There were choices such as Soya Bean, Sugarcane, Lemon Tea etc with the drinks. We opted for the chinese tea as I didn’t feel like a cold drink that day. There is also a Set Meal where you can get dishes such as Sweet & Sour, Curries, Sambal, Tom Yum, Vegetables with a steamed rice and a can of drink for $10.50.

We had the Penang Hokkien Char, Mee Goreng, Cantonese Beef Horfun with Egg Sauce and Curry Laksa to share between the four of us.

Hokkien Mee Mee Goreng Beef Horfun with egg sauce Curry Laksa

The dishes turned out quite nice. My favorite was the Curry Laksa. The soup was thick, creamy and very ‘lemak’, a Malaysian comfort food! There were lots of ingredients in there as well, and also the tofu pok (tofu puff) which I liked.

Halfway through our meal, my friend ordered the Lobak ($5.90) for me to try as it was a popular dish here. Lobak is a deep fried five spiced minced pork roll wrapped in beancurd skin.  The Lobak in Rasa Enak is served with some cucumber, spring onion and a sweet chilli dipping sauce. It was crunchy on the outside with a soft and chewy filling. Good choice!


As I left Rasa Enak that day, I spied the specials on the board outside and saw that they had the Fish Head Noodle Soup on special that day. I regretted not seeing it earlier!. I would have love to try their Fish Head Noodle soup as this dish is usually not readily available in most restaurants.  I’m not sure when I would head this way again but I hope that the lure of the Fish Head Noodle soup will bring me back!

A good lunch spot for those living north of the river!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Sarapan, Victoria Park

Website: http://www.thesarapan.com.au/

I first heard of The Sarapan from the TFP’s post on facebook, the picture and description of the roti canai she posted really caught my attention! At the same time, it also caught the attention of my friend who messaged me to tell me about it! Malaysian food enthusiast she is, very much like me!  We managed to set up an impromptu breakfast last weekend to try it out!

The Sarapan is located on 1 Leonard Street in Vic Park. I remembered dropping by this place a few months back on a Saturday morning as I thought J Bento was trading there but found it empty and deserted. I thought J Bento had closed down! It only came to light now that 1 Leonard Street is available for hire as a pop-up restaurant, and different businesses can occupy the space at different times! Quite ingenious I thought especially for those requiring some flexibility! The only problem for us customers is to remember which day the various restaurants are trading on!

1 Leonard St - pop up restaurant for hire

We figured the Sarapan only traded on Saturday and Sundays 8am – 2pm from their facebook page. So off we went bright and early on the Saturday. We were greeted with a couple of friendly staff at the counter.

Counter Inside the restaurant

The menu is quite simple, there were three Asian dishes, four Western dishes and a couple of traditional Malaysian cake (sold at the counter). One thing to note though is that there may be dishes advertised on facebook which may no be found in the menu. One example being the Roti Bom. I’d asked whether it is available and the lady said yes, however not found on the menu. You might be missing out on something good if you are unaware! Check their facebook page for more info, it gets updated quite often. Click here.

The Menu!

First up, for drinks we can’t go past not ordering the Teh Tarik ($4.50). I found it to be on the milky side, would have preferred a stronger ‘teh’ taste instead.

Teh Tarik

For breakfast, we ordered from the Asian part only (our reason to come here in the first place!). We had:

  • Malaysian style Egg and Toasts ($5) – Sarapan half boiled/sous vide eggs (2) served with buttered toasts, sprinkled with coriander, pepper and a dash of sweet and salty soy sauce

Malaysian style egg & toasts

I had expected the eggs to be runnier than what I got but they still tasted nice. I still prefer the ‘Kopitiam’ style of half boiled eggs though (like those you get at Papparich) but can’t really complain at this price.  It was good to try.

  • Roti Canai ($5) – crispy Malaysian flatbread freshly made to order and served with dahl sauce & sambal and chicken curry

Roti Canai Roti Canai

The Roti Canai was what I came for and it did not disappoint! It was fluffy, crispy and also served scrunched up like how they do it in Malaysia. Love it! The sauces were tasty too – two contrasting sauces, the dahl and the curry. I do not know which I prefer more, actually I love both, the dahl for its creaminess and texture and the curry for the taste. Yum!

You can also order the Roti Canai with egg for an extra 0.50c. The egg is incorporated within the Roti Canai, check out below.

Roti Canai with egg

I was full by the time I finished and so did not get to try the Roti Bom. My friend and I both ordered the Nasi Lemak ($11.50) to takeaway though, can’t pass up a chance to try it :p It tasted quite nice especially the sambal sauce and fried chicken. I had it for lunch later on the day

Nasi Lemak

All in all, the Sarapan was a good dining experience especially with the discovery of the handmade Roti Canai! Authentic and sold at a great price. My advice is to be there early as it gets busy at around 10am onwards and I was told that service slows down then. We were served pretty fast as we placed our order around 9am. Yay to another place selling great Roti Canai!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Papparich, Northbridge

PappaRichWebsite: http://www2.papparich.net.au/papparich-northbridge/

The PFEs were invited to check out PappaRich and feast Malaysian style following the launch of its first restaurant in Perth, taking over what used to be the Little Saigon Restaurant on James Street in Northbridge. I was already quite excited knowing that PappaRich was opening a restaurant in Perth. The excitement went up a notch to be then invited as a guest for the launch!

The last time I had PappaRich in Australia was at the Chadstone branch in Melbourne last year, then wishing that they would open one here in Perth.  And now my wish had come true! I was so eager to try it out that I went on the first weekend they opened (prior to my appointed time as a blogger), but alas the line was too long and we ended up dining at the Northbridge Brewing Company instead. The eagerness did not pay off :p

We got in quickly the second time round as we were “booked in” by the PR company. We were seated at the back and had a good view of the restaurant. There was a nice buzz as it was so busy, but I felt quite comfortable where I was, being able to check out the open plan kitchen where the chefs were busy preparing the roti canai and frying up some noodles, flames and all. Nice!

Inside PapparichPappaRich PappaRich

PappaRich runs a self-ordering system, where patrons choose the items they want from the menu and write down the associated numbers on an ordering sheet located in a black box on the table. When completed, one just press the button, also found on the black box and a staff would come and get the ordering sheet. Easy peasy! The buzzer can also be used to get the attention of the staff – no more random hand waving in the air! :p

Self-ordering system

Now for the much anticipated drinks and food! For drinks, we had:

  • Iced Pappa Cham ($3.90) – coffee + milk tea
  • Iced Barley Grass Jelly ($4.50)

Iced ChamBarley Grass Jelly

The Cham is my all time favorite Malaysian drink! The combination of the teh tarik and kopi make it rather acrid but the sharp taste is balanced by the thick and creamy flavor of the condensed milk. It’s really unique and there’s no other drink quite like it when done properly! Must try!

For food, we had:

  • Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup with Prawns and Chicken Slice ($13.90) – flat rice noodles in chicken soup and prawn head broth (boiled daily), topped with prawns, chicken slices, bean sprouts and spring onions. The noodles were smooth and silky and I especially like the broth. There was a strong prawn taste to the broth which made it very flavorsome and tasty. Very authentic! I would order this again (and I did on the next visit :p).

Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup

  • Seafood Curry Laksa ($14.90) – noodles in spicy coconut gravy with mussels, prawns, eggplants, tofu puffs, foo chok (beancurd skin), fish cake and bean sprouts. I was attracted to this as there are a few ingredients in this dish you would normally not find in a usual laksa, such as the eggplants, tofu puffs, beancurd skin etc. I love them, they are similar to what you would find in a “yong tau foo” back in Malaysia! The laksa had lots of ingredients in it, and in particular lots of mussels! Very nice and “lemak”. 

Seafood Curry Laksa Seafood Curry Laksa

  • Satay Chicken 6 pieces ($12.90) – this was another favorite! The chicken were well marinated as you can taste the spices through the entire piece. The satay sauce was really good too, nutty, sweet and slightly spicy. Yum! (I ordered this again on my next visit! Hehe)

Satay Chicken Satay Chicken Satay Chicken

  • 2 Half boiled eggs with Hainan Toasted bread and butter ($6.90) – this may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I really like it! Soft runny eggs seasoned with soy sauce and white pepper on toast slathered with a thick layer of butter. Oh, it made my day! Even the process of eating it is so fun! Not a common dish in Perth which makes it all the special that I can eat it here! One thing to note though is that you need to eat it while it’s hot! Tasted much hot hot than lukewarm!  

Half boiled eggs with toast and butter Half boiled eggs with toast and butter Half boiled eggs with toast and butter Half boiled eggs with toast and butterHalf boiled eggs with toast and butter

For desserts, we had the Sago Pudding ($5.50) and the Tau Foo Fa King + Gula Melaka ($5.50).  The Tau Foo Fa is one of their best selling dessert and I can understand why. It was velvety and smooth, and the gula melaka (palm sugar) gave it an intense flavor which I liked. The Sago Pudding was very nice too, it was topped with red bean which was a delight to me as I love all things red bean! Dessert win!

Tau Foo Far with gula melaka Sago pudding

I had a great time lunching at PappaRich that afternoon, it met my expectations and more! I am so happy that we now have another great joint serving traditional Malaysian cuisine. The service was also friendly and informative! Another plus! I just have to get over the long line outside the restaurant every time I try to dine there.

Thank you to Wasamedia and PappaRich for the invite!

Narration: Miss L
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****John Walker Chocolatier, Perth****

Website: http://www.johnwalkerchocolatieros.com.au/

The PFEs were contacted not too long ago by John Walker Chocolatier to showcase their products on our blog. I was only too happy to oblige, who can resist writing up about chocolates?! It is always interesting to discover businesses and products I may otherwise not have known through the blog, especially so with John Walker Chocolatier, a WA owned and operated chocolate company specialising in handmade fine quality chocolates. I had initially thought it had something to do with scotch whisky :p

Their story…

When it all began….The history of John Walker Chocolatier, began just like all great legacies with a dream.  William Walker began wholesaling confectionery in Perth during the Depression.  Apart from wholesaling confectionery, William Walker moved the family business into manufacturing. 

His sons, Robert and John keen to work with their father, followed and joined the business the “Walker Candy Company.” Their father, providing a strong foundation in the art of manufacturing confectionery led them to enter the niche market of high quality handmade chocolate. The quest then began to make the finest chocolate possible and effectively, this was the beginning of John Walker Chocolatier as it known today.

The candy operation was sold to enable the development of fine chocolate manufacturing and retail operations.  John Walker Chocolatier produces a large range of handmade and finely crafted chocolates in our factory in Perth, WA. Products include chocolate gift boxes, chocolate gift hampers, personalised giant chocolate freckles, novelty chocolate and chocolate bars

What a great story! I was visited by John Walker himself to drop off the samples! A very knowledgeable man about his chocolate (as well as candy) as he has been in the business for 35 years! He only uses Belgium couverture chocolate to make the chocolates! Some samples I received…

John Walker chocolates John Walker chocolates

There were a selection of the chocolates from his store including those from his Chocolate Treats and Chocolate Boxes range. Check out the website for the whole range of products on offer. There are some pretty great stuff there, including novelty and personalised chocolates! Click here.

My first taste was of the Chocolate Covered Honeycomb! The honeycomb is made with honey and enrobed in a fine milk Belgium couverture. The ingredients and even nutritional information are given on their website for the chocolates!

Chocolate covered honeycomb Chocolate covered honeycomb Chocolate covered honeycomb

The honeycomb inside tasted really fresh and light. I liked it! I went on their FB page and saw a post with pictures of how they handmake the honeycomb in their kitchen. So awesome. Check it out here. My friends liked this chocolate as well when I asked them to test taste. Good quality chocolate was their comments.

Next taste were the Milk Chocolate Rocky Road and Peanut Rough.

Milk Chocolate Rocky Road Milk Chocolate Rocky Road

Marshmallow rolled in coconut covered in fine Milk Belgium couverture. I’m normally not a big fan of rocky road chocolate, this was quite nice with the addition of coconut flakes (I love coconut!). My mum demolished the whole slab in one go!

Peanut Rough 5a

Crunchy dry roasted peanuts blended into fine milk Belgium couverture. This was my favorite as I love all things nutty especially in chocolates! I always go for those with nuts in them. The slab was jammed full of peanuts and once again tasted fresh and of good quality. Yum!

I went to a dinner party one night and brought the box of assorted chocolates with me. I can’t eat them all by myself! And sharing is caring :)

Chocolate Box! Chocolate Box! Chocolate Box!There were a variety of flavors in the box – Walnut, Salted Caramel, Belgium Vanilla, Caramel Cup, Seashell, and the liqueur infused type, the Black Russian, Grand Marnier, Champagne, Cointreau, Irish Cream and Rum. Gold Medal award winners they are, it costs $24.95 for a selection of 12 Gold Medal Assortment chocolate box.

Actually I couldn’t resist trying two of them before heading to the party (naughty Miss L). I put it down to taking photos for the sake of the blog :p I had the Walnut and the Salted Caramel.

Walnut Walnut

Shaped ilke a walnut with a delicious and smooth chocolate filling! It melted in the mouth. Nice!

Salted Caramel Salted Caramel

The whole inside of this chocolate is the sticky salted caramel! It was a sugar rush for me!

The box was well received at the dinner party especially the liquer-infused chocolates! We had fun tasting all the different chocolates!

There was one chocolate which was separately wrapped called the Almond Butter Cream. I thought it must have been something special and a must-try. True to it, it was delicious, nut (almond) checked, creaminess checked, smoothness checked, yum!
Almond Butter Cream

The last of the chocolates to try were the Chocolate Buttons. I had all three given to me, the White, Milk and Dark Chocolate. I decided to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries with them for Father’s Day.

Chocolate Buttons White Chocolate buttons

Excuse the rather rough looking Strawberries I made on the day – I was in such a rush! Luckily the quality of the chocolates made up for it, they were creamy and milky. The chocolates smelled so good as I melted them in the bowl. It was pure self-discipline that I didn’t eat them all myself!

Strawberry Chocolates Strawberry Chocolates

All in all, I had great fun sampling the chocolates from John Walker Chocolatier. Thanks to John Walker for introducing me to some of his hand crafted fine chocolates!

John Walker Chocolatier stores can be located in Garden City Shopping Centre, Karrinyup Shopping Centre and London Court. They also have shipping and delivery service for web/phone order. Check it out for gift ideas or if you simply want to indulge in one of their many chocolate varieties!

Narration: Miss L
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