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!
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
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)
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).
- 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”.
- 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)
- 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!
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!
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.