PappaRich Malaysian Restaurant @ Chadstone

Beef and Chicken Satay
PappaRich is a very popular restaurant chain in Malaysia.. it is literally everywhere, in almost every shopping centre and I have been there many times when I'm not out eating at the hawkers stalls in Kuala Lumpur. So recently, when PappaRich just popped up in Chadstone Shopping Centre, a place I loveeee to hang out especially now that I no longer work full time and have the luxury to shop during the week, I was just so excited I had to go get my authentic Malaysian food fix!

I went there for the second time today. If I had anything bad to say about PappaRich, there is only one major problem - I want to eat EVERYTHING on the menu! Deciding what to order is a huge challenge, especially since everything in the menu looks and sounds so good! The food that came out wasn't disappointing either, it was very authentically Malaysian and true to its reputation.

I always have and always will order a serve of their satay skewers, they were cooked perfectly with lots of flavour and the peanut sauce is delicious. I like to order the Mixed Satay Plate, which has both Beef and Chicken Satay. If I ever had to choose, I'd probably go Chicken, as they are a lot more tender and less chewy. The beef is still excellent, just a bit tougher therefore requires more chewing.

Pappa Wat Tan Hor
For my mains, after serious consideration, I decided to order the Pappa Wat Tan Hor. What an excellent choice that was! It was everything I ever wanted in a Hor Fun, the egg gravy was deliciously flavoursome and the flat noodles were nicely separated so they had a great texture to them. It was the perfect dish for me as today was a little bit chilly. Next time I'll be sure to try their Nasi Lemak. Last time I went I had the Roti Canai which was delicious, but I didn't like the Tandoori Chicken, I felt it was too dry.

Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream
Finally for dessert, I had the Banana Fritters with Ice Cream and they were the perfect finish to my meal! The banana fritters were perfect for two reasons: 1) The banana itself is nice and very ripe, which made it sweet and soft, yummy! 2) The batter is deliciously crunchy and had great flavour. Together with the ice cream, it was delightful!

There's really not much more I can say.... PappaRich is a true Malaysian restaurant and this review is nice and short because I had a nice and simple lunch. If I were to go with a group of people and we were able to share the meals, I'd probably have a lot more to say.

For now, just stay tuned because you will probably see a lot more PappaRich dishes being added to this blog post as I plan to go back again and again and again... until I've tried everything else. Seriously, I want to eat the Hainanese Chicken, Prawn Mee, Ipoh Kuay Teow, Asam Laksa, Special Briyani with Fried Chicken, Nasi Lemak Special, MORE Satay, MORE Roti and the list goes on and on... I am salivating just thinking about it and I've just come back from lunch!

Edit 2/10/2012: Yes I have gone back today and this time I had the Pappa Mee (Mee Goreng) which was everything a mee goreng should be. It was pretty authentic and true to the real Malaysian Mee Goreng, atwith the lime (gotta have the lime!) and the right noodles, it's fried dry not soggy, and has all the right mix of seafood, tomatoes, and tofu. What I didn't get was why were there cubed potatoes in my mee goreng? Totally unnecessary considering tofu was there too for the "starchy" texture.

Nasi Briyani Special with Fried Chicken and Sambal Prawns
Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup
Hainanese Steamed Chicken
Roti Canai
Edit 24/10/2012: Yes, back at PappaRich today and this time I went with my sister who is in town visiting me from Malaysia. She had the Nasi Briyani Special with Fried Chicken and Sambal Prawns and she was quite happy with the authenticity of the food here at PappaRich. Pretty much 100% exactly like what you would get if you were eating at PappaRich in Kuala Lumpur, according to her.

I ordered the Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken, I got the best of both worlds. Craved soupy noodles for a while now and I got it. It was a good broth but the kuay teow's too thin and too soggy but still not bad. I would've preferred the original wider and slightly thicker kuay teow for the texture. The steamed chicken was good too, but the soy sauce tasted a bit too sweet. Still delicious though, it was steamed just right and the chicken was nice and soft.

My 10-month old son ate pretty much most of the Roti Canai. He loved it! Probably because the roti tasted sweet. He loves anything sweet, lol. Loved the sambal that came with the Roti (no, I did not give my son any spicy sambal haha) it was quite spicy the way I always like it.

Anyway, you can check out PappaRich's amazing menu here and drool all over it yourself...

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Seasons Chinese Restaurant, Berwick

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There used to be a pretty bad Chinese restaurant just around the corner from my house. The food there was really bland, and the restaurant interior really needed a facelift, and it was just really bad quality Chinese food. That restaurant was the "old" Seasons Chinese Restaurant.

Just a few weeks ago, Seasons re-opened under its new management. The interior finally got its facelift it deserved, and they actually hired a chef that CAN cook Chinese food. In fact, the chef is Malaysian Chinese (we rock!) so that is even better. It has been a long time since I've had Chinese takeaway on a non-cooking night, simply because there are NO decent Chinese restaurants near my place! Finally, finally, finally... the "new" Seasons Chinese Restaurant is almost like an answer to an unprayed prayer, lol.

Crispy Soft Shell Crabs
Over the weekend, hubby and I and a couple of our friends went and had lunch there. The restaurant was empty! It was a Saturday afternoon and the restaurant was empty... I don't think a lot of people in area have realised that the restaurant has re-opened and now offers decent food. I'm sure business will pick up eventually as soon as they have a chance to do some marketing in the area to let people know!

Being the only customers in the restaurant meant that we got our food super quick and I even got the chance to speak to and get to know the friendly and humble owner. I really didn't mind at all that we were the only customers there, just meant my son Micah can fuss as much as he wants, but he was being the perfect well-behaved toddler so that didn't matter. After a while, another family came in to have lunch there so we weren't the only customers anymore.

We started with a serve of Crispy Soft Shell Crabs to share, it was delightfully light and fluffy and had a nice surprise layer of sticky batter just underneath the crispy layer, which added a nice variance in texture. It was yummy! (After our little outing, I got takeaway from Seasons twice and both times I have re-ordered these Soft Shell Crabs to have all to myself hehe)

San Choy Bow
Next we had the San Choy Bow, a true classic! I love the simplicity of this dish (a simple meat stirfry wrapped in lettuce? Genius!) and love the flavours in this dish. Love the mushrooms, spring onion, sweet and salty stirfried minced meat. It was absolutely delightful, and yes I re-ordered this for one of my takeaway nights to have again, all to myself!

Very Chef's Special Malaysian Coconut Butter King Prawns
Moving onto our mains, this next dish absolutely blew me away. It was so dangerously good and reminded me so much of a typical prawn dish we would order at a dinner banquet back in Malaysia. I used the words "dangerously good" because the fact that this is so readily available just two minutes from my house just means I would spend way too much money and indulge way too often for my own good, hehe. I love, love, love the crumbly bits that form the "coconut butter" flavours of this dish, and the prawns were so perfectly cooked that afternoon - so fresh and well cooked.

Unfortunately, getting this dish later that week as takeaway just didn't do it justice. By the time those prawns made it to my dinner table they have gone all soggy from being trapped in a food container and just wasn't the same as when they were freshly cooked and served. So, my tip to others would be to only save this dish for dining in the restaurant, not takeaway.

Chinese BBQ Pork and Roasted Duck
Here's another dangerously good dish, arrgghhh I am SO going to get fatter than I already am! You all know how much I love my roast duck, so again, having convenient access to delicious crispy skinned duck is just too dangerous! The BBQ pork was really good too, not dry at all like most BBQ pork can be. The meat is tender and juicy, and sliced a little bit think to retain its moisture. Perfect to have with steamed rice.

Chicken Hor Fun (Wet)
Finally, the incredible Hor Fun. This dish caused a little bit of upset for me during one of my takeaway nights. The photo you see is the ACTUAL Chicken Hor Fun we had during lunch in the restaurant the first time I went back. It was spectacular. The chicken was pre-fried so it had a delicious fried batter around it. The simple, leafy vegetables were all I needed, it was perfect that way. I did NOT want typical Aussie vegetables in this Hor Fun aka broccoli, carrots, etc.. they are too boring and do not add any value to this dish. The flat noodles were beautifully separated from each other and cooked perfectly. I AM SO IN LOVE with this photo version of this dish. Call it First Love?

Now that I've had THAT version of the Hor Fun, I ordered it again as takeaway a few nights later. Firstly, they got my order wrong, they gave me the Dry version instead of the Wet version. No dramas, simple mistake. The website menu is a little bit confusing because they were described as "Fried Hor Fun (Dry)" and "Fried Hor Fun (Wet)". I checked my Invoice and I definitely ordered the right thing. So the staff could've just overlooked the brackets and just assumed "Fried" was Dry.

No dramas, I rang them up and they were very nice and said a replacement on the house will be there in 10 minutes. See, no dramas at all. My Wet Hor Fun finally arrived... disappointed again. The chicken wasn't the same. It hasn't been pre-fried and it was just chicken! It was boring and bland. AND they used boring Aussie veggies! WHY is there broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, etc in my Hor Fun? What happened to the leafy Chinese Pak Choy or Bok Choy or whatever it was in my original version of Hor Fun? I was really sad... but I didn't want to cause extra drama. The memory of my "First Love" keeps me hopeful that someday I may be able to go back and dine in and experience the same Hor Fun again. Lucky I have a good photo to drool over!!!

So basically, it is SO wonderful that Seasons are now the New and Improved Chinese restaurant. However, there is room for more improvement. As an example, I will never, ever again order any noodle dishes as takeaway. Their noodle dishes are so common, like any typical Aussie Chinese Noodle Box takeaway place and is sadly not restaurant quality in my opinion. They need a little bit more "oomph" in the flavours of their noodle dishes... sorry if I'm being harsh! I will also avoid ordering food that may get soggy as they get transported and just save those for dining in e.g. the amazing Coconut Butter King Prawns, yummm!

I will, however, order the Roast Duck and BBQ Pork any night as takeaway. They are fantastic, reliable, travels well and it is easy enough for me to cook a pot of rice at home to go with it. The San Choy Bow also travels well and make an excellent takeaway option.

I will have to try several other dishes the next time I dine in so I can make up my mind about them too!

I also have to mention that on weeknights, you are almost guaranteed a quick delivery of your takeaway. It is SO easy to order online (they are affiliated with Menulog), pay online, and you get 25% off your first order, and FREE delivery in the local area, and your 8th meal is also FREE! I am definitely going to be a regular.

EDIT 20/11/2012: We recently went back to Seasons to try out the new For a Limited Time Only Special the Chilli Mud Crab!! I was so excited because I couldn't believe I was going to get a Mud Crab fix so close to home.. in Berwick! Usually we'd have to go all the way to Port Melbourne or Hawthorn for our mud crab fix at Omah's... which is a fair distance away which makes it inconvenient especially when you have a young bub. So for Seasons my local Chinese restaurant to offer Mud Crab, even just for a limited time, is like an opportunity not to be missed!!

We were very happy with the Chilli Mud Crab. The sauce was absolutely delicious and full of flavour. The crab was pre-fried coated in flour so it absorbs the sauce better and makes it that little bit tastier. Yes, pre-frying does tend to overcook the crab but I personally did not care. It was also a decent sized crab!! We sometimes felt a bit ripped off when the mud crab is not as big as it should be.. but these babies were huge and fresh and it was just a delightful treat.. or should I say feast!

We also had the Salted Egg Yolk Mud Crab which was equally as delicious as the Chilli! The sauce is obviously very different to the Chilli, so it's really like comparing Apples and Oranges, but it was full of flavour yet again and the overall experience of us indulging in these crabs was just worth every cent. Yes, we ended up paying $40 for each of these crabs.. which was not cheap, but how often do we get to enjoy this anyway... can't wait to go back to Malaysia in less than 2 months - I can have all the seafood aka giant prawns, giant crabs, giant lobsters etc CHEAP!!

It is a shame the mud crab is only available for a limited time.. but in a way, I am thankful for the sake of my pocket lol. If the mud crab was available ALL the time just 2 mins away from my home, we would go broke just by over indulging in crab!!!

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Chicken Green Curry inspired by Jamie Oliver

Lately, my kitchen started smelling good again... mostly because I've been stuck at home all week due to my son's Hand, Foot and Mouth disease which makes him very contagious to other kids, which meant no playdates, no going out and spreading germs unless we really had to, no seeing friends during the week (because most friends who are free during the week have kids), etc etc...

The first few days were okay, I enjoyed spending time with him and making sure he is happy. Poor little boy doesn't get sick and sad very often, so it made me happy to see him happy because he is getting a lot of "mummy time". Eventually he got better, so I gave him back his independence and let him play on his own, which he did... and I got a little bit bored! Imagine that! It is VERY rare for me to get bored, there's usually a million things to do around the house!

So while I was bored, I decided to try and re-create something I saw on Jamie Oliver's 30-Minute Meals on TV the other night. I have the cookbook, and I could look up the recipe online, but I was too lazy (even though I was bored!) so I just followed my instinct and did what I had to do to cook a Chicken Green Curry, from scratch. Yep you heard me! I never make curry paste from scratch, they have always intimidated me! All those seeds and so many ingredients I've never even heard of, all the pounding and processing, just freaked me out!

Jamie, however, made it look so easy on his show. So simple with only a handful of ingredients I can still recall off the top of my head, I decided to give it a go! The curry "paste" does not look like your typical paste... but it is a great combination of beautiful flavours that go so well together. The curry, is flavoursome and delicious, absolutely amazing incredible divine if you ask me! I am so happy with the result, again this will be a regular I'm sure.

Please note that this recipe below is NOT Jamie's original recipe, it is merely inspired by Jamie with similar ingredients but different portions. If you are hesitant to try my version, aawww, please refer to Jamie's original version of the recipe here.

1 bunch spring onions
1 bunch coriander
3 sticks of lemongrass
5 cloves of garlic
1 inch cubed ginger
A few fresh kaffir lime leaves
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp hot chilli paste
400ml coconut milk
2 tbsp vegetable oil
5 chicken drumsticks
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste

Using a food processor, blend finely together spring onions, coriander, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, sesame oil, soy sauce and lemon juice. Set aside processed paste.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Saute half the amount of paste (the other half can be stored in the fridge for next time) until fragrant. Add hot chilli paste and continue stirring. Add chicken and continue frying until chicken turns a little bit brown. Add coconut milk and bring heat down to a gentle simmer. Season well with salt, pepper and sugar. Simmer for approximately one hour to make sure chicken is cooked and tender. 

Serve on a bed of steamed rice.

Lazy Sunday Series: Crispy Tortilla with Ham, Spinach, Chilli and Fried Egg by Curtis Stone

Part 3: My Take on a Celebrity Chef's Breakfast Recipe

What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home.

When faced with a challenge of re-creating a recipe by a celebrity chef, the natural tendency is to cringe and go "ooh, that sounds too complicated". Surprisingly, not all recipes by these "celebrity chefs" are impossible to re-create! As a matter of fact, chefs like Jamie Oliver and Curtis Stone are all about making their food easy for everyday people like you and me to make at home, and of course they are delicious.

This particular recipe from Curtis Stone (he is my favorite celebrity chef, also a hunk, read all about him here) is very simple and only requires a handful of ingredients that are easy to source. Nothing too complicated or overly fancy. I thought it would be perfect for me to try making this breakfast dish for hubby on Father's Day this morning.

I stayed fairly true to the recipe, except I added some hot salami and used grated cheese instead of the block of cheddar. I also completely used only the oven to heat up the tortillas and cook everything else as if I was making a mini pizza. The result: AWESOME! It was a bit of a "manly" dish, with the saltiness of the ham and heat from the salami. The fried egg was perfect to add the "gooey" factor to the dish. It was also easier to eat the whole thing by hand, by folding the tortilla and just creating a gooey but delicious mess!

To try and recreate this recipe yourself, please check out the recipe and video from Curtis Stone himself HERE.

Now that was MY perfect breakfast accompaniment to a cup of coffee made with Devondale Barista's Own Frothing Milk :)

GIVEAWAY: Week 4 of  the giveaway and I am giving away one final set (6 pcs) of Orange Espresso Cups and Saucers from Espresso Italia worth $40. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me:

“What was your first memory when it comes to drinking coffee? Describe the experience.”

One lucky winner will be chosen on the 7th of September 2011. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you e.g. email address, Twitter or Facebook in your comment. To my overseas readers, sorry this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

Coffee Machine is STILL up for grabs!

There will be a series of 4 weekly posts overall. Each weekly post will feature one giveaway and one lucky winner EACH WEEK will win a set of the Espresso Cups and Saucers. BUT, not only am I giving away 4 sets of espresso cups and saucers, one lucky reader across 5 blogs will win a PHILIPS Saeco Syntia Class Automatic Espresso Machine worth $1,499!!! The most creative answer overall* for the weekly competitions will win. What a fantastic prize and all you have to do is leave a creative comment each week to better your chances.

Competition for the major giveaway will run from the 14th August until 11.59pm Friday 7th September. The winner will be announced and contacted on Monday 10th September.

*The most creative answer will be chosen out of entries from 5 participating blogs.
*Terms and Conditions apply: (1) T&C for Major Prize (2) T&C for Weekly Prize

THAT IS IT people! All competitions are officially closed. Here are the list of winners:

Week 1:
Question:  “How would Barista’s Own Frothing Milk help get your lazy Sunday off to a perfect start?”
Winner: HANNAH
Lazy Sundays are especially sweet,
When started off with a caffiene treat.
Perfect milk for perfect frothy,
Barista's Own Frothing Milk sounds like the best for coffee.

I wish I had some in my cupboard today for drinking,
Instead of the 4 day old stuff in my fridge stinking.

Week 2:
Question: “Describe your perfect coffee art designed on your Barista's Own Frothing Milk canvas”
Winner: JAMES
The most perfect coffee art I could imagine would be amazing in its simplicity. My other half had a barista make me a coffee and he asked the barista to put 15 on it. The 15 was located inside a heart with a Cupid arrow through it. The 15 symbolised the date of our anniversary and the day each month that we stop to remember how much we mean to each other. I will never forget the symbolic nature of such a simple feature.

Week 3:
Question: “What is your favorite breakfast dish accompanying coffee made with Devondale Barista's Own Frothing Milk?”
Winner: JENNY
Way too early, roll out of bed,
Poached egg, cheese, pesto, toasted multigrain bread.It’s MY OWN GOURMET MCMUFFIN with a rich, strong coffee delight…Using Devondale Barista's Own Frothing just right!!!

Week 4:
Question: “What was your first memory when it comes to drinking coffee? Describe the experience.”
I would never ever touch coffee, even at the age of 25 I would still only have milo and worse case scenario if you did not have milo it would have to be cocoa...When my children started school and I began to make friends with other mums my hubby said "Natalie, it's time you try a coffee", that was such a huge step for me but from that moment, WOW my Love affair with coffee began. Now every morning I continue this affair and my real treat is every Thursday I will buy myself a LATTEE and walk around shopping, just me and my secret cup.

CONGRATULATIONS to all winners and a BIG THANK YOU to all who entered the competition! Fingers crossed let's see if someone who entered from my blog gets to win the major prize aka the Coffee Machine. Stay tuned!!

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What is the best way to compliment your lazy Sunday’s and make them even more perfect? A hot cup of frothed coffee of course! Devondale Barista’s Own is made to deliver a consistent smooth creamy froth to your favourite style of coffee at home. Check out some of the fantastic breakfast recipes in the Lazy Sunday Series thanks to Devondale Barista’s Own