Tak Chee is quite a well-known chinese restaurant/cafe along William Street in Northbridge. Those who know where the famous Vietnamese Pho place Viet Hoa is, it’s directly opposite! And now they’ve actually installed a new signage which makes it quite a lot easier to spot.
With about 19-20 small tables in this place, you have to get in rather early to have a seat of your choice (that’s why Momsey and me tend to be there by about 11am… which is really the time they start business!).
Their menu is quite extensive hosting dishes from Malaysia/Singapore… familiar dishes such as “Sambal Kang Kong” and “Lor Bak”…
They have daily specials as well that are stuck on the walls, so do look out for them! Examples are “Penang Assam Laksa” on Saturdays, “Bak Kut Teh” on… hmm. Now I can’t remember. Boo. Point is - look out for those signs! hehe.
We ordered what we always order when we visit:
- Hainanese Chicken Rice
- Sour Plum Drink (ice)
- Stir-Fried Garlic KaiLan (not in the menu)
The reason why we know about the garlic kailan was because of a simple enquiry the first time mom brought me here to try. From then, we started our “best garlic kailan in Perth” search, and this is one of the top! :)
Hailing from Singapore, this Hainanese Chicken Rice is the first of all that I have tried that brings me back to familiar childhood grounds… days of just gorging this fatty dish into my mouth and down the tummy… There is more to it than meets the eye. :) You might think this is a healthy dish, but it really isn’t all that healthy once you hear how the rice is done. BUT!! That’s how the rice gets its brilliant flavour. The chicken at this place is very tender and whilst it doesn’t melt in the mouth, it has a nice tenderness to it. The sauce is not too salty which is nice, and the chilli sauce, could be a tad more sour to neutralise the oily nature of the chicken and rice, but it’s alright.
The dish comes with a bowl of soup as well.
The garlic kailan as mentioned, is one of the best we have tried in Perth! Not in the menu, you’ll have to tell the waitress that you’d like “stir-fried garlic kailan”… because there are other methods of frying garlic kailan. :) this one has a nice garlic punch because the chef actually sprinkles fried garlic pieces on top of the vegetables, making it an awesome accompaniment to the crunchy green vegetables!
So… you’re wondering what this Ice Sour Plum drink is? It’s really just sour plum with what I think is a mix between ice cream soda and soda water to make it nice, fizzy, cold and refreshing!! Be warned that when we say sour plum, it really isn’t sour plum, it’s more salty than sour, and you’re wondering how a salty drink can be drunk?
It is probably an acquired taste tho’. I wouldn’t imagine many people ordering this, but hey, if you’re up for a challenge and you like to try different things, then this is definitely one to try!
I’ve personally been trying to replicate this drink at home with the ingredients I think they place in there, but I just can’t! I wonder what the secret ingredient is. Oh wells. Maybe that’s why they have it on the menu. They know that their drink is special!
Anyhoo, I love this place for a quick chinese meal – especially for their Chicken Rice… would love to try their other dishes but the chicken rice wouldn’t let me go!
If you’ve tried this place and other dishes besides the chicken rice, do leave a comment to let us know how they are!
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars (simply because I have yet to try their other dishes!)
Rating by: S.T. a.k.a Miss Egg
Tak Chee Restaurant
Telephone: (08) 9328 9445
Address: 1/364 William St, Northbridge 6003, WA
Some additional photos from the dinner menu (contribution by N.L.):
Stir fried Beansprout with Salted Fish ($12)
Roti Canai with Curry Chicken ($9.50)
Penang Char Kuey Teow ($10)
Totally agree with Miss Egg about the Hainanese Chicken Rice…it’s yum yum! It’s a must order everytime we go there, and a favourite take-away dish :)