Archive for the ‘Malaysian’ Category

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It’s a gorgeous day in Sydney and I find myself with founder of Wok On Inn and with the two lovely ladies from 6DC PR (Sara and Julie). All have accompanied me to show off Wok On Inn’s latest venue at the Rocks, tucked away just a hop, skip and away from the Lowenbrau. I have to admit I’m feeling quite inspired when I meet Ankur Sehgal, founder and owner of the Wok On Inn franchise. He shares with me his vision and what sets Wok On Inn apart. “It’s all about dishing up street food that’s authentic, bold and affordable”, he says. Wok On Inn is just like any street food you would find back in Asia. There’s no MSG, meat is chemical free or grass fed and they pride themselves on using the freshest highest quality ingredients. It is about being as real as it comes, with its hawker stands, outdoor communal seating and help-it-yourself cutlery. What makes it even better is that Wok On Inn represents 8 different flavours across 8 different regions. That’s Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Mongolian & Korean. Ankur (Owner) has also made every effort to preserve each origins inherent traditional flavours by going in so far as to create their very own authentic Asian sauces from each country of origin. All made with locally sourced ingredients.

We order three dishes to share. The Pad Thai, Bangkok Noodles and Uncle’s Drunken Noodles ($12.95 each) but during lunch this is ($9.95 ) with a can of drink/water but even at full prices it is still much cheaper than my local!

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Decked out over 4 floors of incredible space, the interior will take you into a wonderland of graffiti walls, neon lights and communal dining space with the help-yourself-arrangement of cutlery, chopsticks, hot sauce and seasonings.

Awarded a one hat out of a possible three, it is respectively the most unconventional and deviant one hatter on the scene. It is all very tongue in cheek hailing tribute to the MSG code with the flashing “six two one” neon sign out front, or perhaps it’s the thought behind their signature dessert “stoner’s delight”. The secret ingredient? The mind of a stoner. Fun and games continue with their slushie bubble tea cocktails. Cute caricatures are printed on the seal, with mouths wide open urging you to pop your straw and drink up.

For Sunday lunch, Ms G’s offers up a lunch menu at a fraction of the price – the “tick the box” menu for $45p/p. Ticking my way through the menu we are allowed to pick 2 starters, 2 small savoury dishes, 2 large savoury dishes and one dessert. Then enough food is brought out based on our per person count. Slushie Sundays also brings the price down of the bubble tea cocktails to 5 big ones instead of the usual $14.

Note: all prices quoted below are the al la carte prices.

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Relatively new to lower north shore area, this has fast become one of my personal favourites and probably one of the area’s best kept secrets.

It houses a hot pot of all your asian favourites… but served tapas. I’m talking Jap, Malay, Filo and Chinese food all served in the one convenient location.

SpaAsian tapas? How glorious! And if you come between Mon-Wed, you can even get their $10 tapas.

Sounds too good to be true but the owner (Alan) has made great strides to maintain the integrity of the combination of all these flavours. Housing a Filipino chef, a Malaysian chef, Alan has personally taken care of the rest by recreating Chinese home made favourites and studying Japanese cookery.

spice crusted tofu

We begin with the spice crusted tofu and it is a wonderful play on your humble agedashi tofu. In fact, I think it is much better.

The tofu is squared off into bite sized pieces providing more surface area for a nice and crisp exterior. The edges of the tofu are super crusty and equally find themselves with a healthy dosage of soy.

Sprinkled on the top are the bonito flakes which to my surprise, are literally dancing along my tofu in beautiful symmetry.

chicken san choi bao

The san choi bao is pretty mind blowing. Delivering generously on flavour and texture. It rightfully upholds all the flavours and is quite incredible. This is one dish that should not to be missed.

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The roast pork belly pancake plays on a Chinese favourite. Instead of peking duck, here we have roast pork belly, all pre-prepared with all the trimmings and it is absolutely incredible.

The pork is slippery, silky and packed full of flavour. It doesn’t have the crunch factor of the skin but the flavour wholeheartedly offsets the need for texture. But then again, crackling is not something I would ever say no to!

pork and prawn wontons

I am told by the owner that the pork and prawn wontons were just hand made and they usually are.
Alan, grew up with his grandma making these family favourite for him as a child and lucky for us, he too has decided to pass on this family gem.

The translucent skin is neatly tucked around to expose the fleshy prawns and meaty pork filling. These dumplings are really quite remarkable that there really are no words.

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Notorious for its monstrous line that whirls itself down Goulburn Street and at times, past Dixon street. The sight in itself should be enough to put anyone off Mamak. But the promise of their cheap and cheerful eats is now legendary. It just keeps everyone coming in single file.

I’d like to hit rewind for a moment to when I stumbled across afoodstory. I still remember it to this day. I found their Mamak post on their blog and it left me dying to go. I loved their blog and read it with fond admiration. One of the many blogs that inspired me to start up my very own.

When I met them at a bloggers dinner I was pretty thrilled! I had to confess that in spite of reading their Mamak post, I still hadn’t made it there. So we made a pinky swear that we would go together!

Hit fast forward and here I am sitting with Lex and Dylan and it seems quite surreal, to be sitting here with ‘the’ exact same bloggers that I had read about in that post!

roti canai

Lex is an expert Mamak goer and you can tell. She knows exactly what to order and every single word off the menu rolls off her tongue.

First up, the roti canai. It promises to be fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside and it doesn’t disappoint.

chicken satay

The satay sticks is a quintessential must have item. The chicken skewers are juicy, tender and packed with flavour from the marinade and charcoal. The peanut sauce is the right amount of sweet and spicy, I mean… there are just no words. It was so good, I literally ‘ate’ the sauce, with the bowl in one hand and the spoon in the other. Lex, Dyl and Brazil weren’t far behind either.

The only draw back was that we felt short-changed when the chicken sticks arrived. According to Lex and Dyl, they have definitely downsized on their servings since their last visit. Slightly disappointed, we move on and we order another batch.

nasi lemak

After a recent visit to Malaysia and Borneo, I ate this gem morning, noon and night. It is arguably Malaysia’s national breakfast dish but you can find it any time of the day due to its popularity.

I wanted to have the Nasi Lemak with chicken so I could rate the authenticity of flavours and likeness to the dish back in Malaysia and it was absolutely spot on.

drinks

The tea tarik is a wonderful recreation of the popular Malaysian drink. With its signature frothy top, this baby is as authentic as its gets. It is so damn comforting, you can’t but help sigh at every sip.

The milo tea is another typical Malaysian tea and is accurately represented here. The tea is also tasty but I only have eyes for the tea tarik.

roti telur - egg

Roti telur is just as tasty but it doesn’t have the same textural contrasts as the roti canai. The roti encased a fluffy egg filling and it is served with two curry sauces and a spicy sambal sauce. The curry sauces are pleasant enough but all my love heads straight for that little blob of spicy sambal sauce.

rojak

Rojak plays a bit of visual trickery on you. You don’t even know what it is when it comes out. But it is a salad alright.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t really tickle anyone’s fancy. I found it overly drenched in the spicy peanut sauce, that it overwhelmed the other elements of the dish.

ayam berempah

Ayam berempah is like Malaysian KFC with the added flavours of star anise, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves infused into the skin. The chicken skin was nice and crispy with the resounding crunch to every bite. But KFC will always be my first true love. No contest.

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This is a very typical asian dessert with the jelly like morsels swimming in a soupy syrup/milk with shaved ice on top. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this dessert but I think you may need an asian palate to truly appreciate this.

roti kaya

Brazil had his heart firmly set on the sweet roti. The sweet buttery roti was filled with a pandan and coconut spread, showcasing the roti’s versatility. Again, the roti did not disappoint and this was hands down the crowd favourite.

Welcome to Mamak, for some cheap, cheerful and authentic Malaysian that’s worth the line and the wait.

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Mamak

02 9211 1668

15 Goulburn St
Haymarket, NSW