There are plenty of restaurants to choose from along Church Street in Parramatta but I was craving some Malaysian food and came across Pak Hailam Kopitiam. It was located just before Parramatta river. It was also Easter Friday so the place was dead. We were the only people there at 6:30pm which is prime dinner time.
On a side note, it seems like Australia is really big on Easter as well as hot cross buns. I’ve never seen so many hot cross bun related food items before. So far I’ve seen hot cross bun flavoured chocolates, hot cross bun French toast, hot cross bun ice cream, hot cross bun donuts as well as hot cross buns in different flavours like milk chocolate and apple with cinnamon! I barely noticed any hot cross buns in Vancouver except around Easter but here they started selling them in January already. I actually started buying them because they were pretty cheap at the grocery stores and I’m a girl on a budget. Turns out they were pretty good since they were light and fluffy as well as sweet. Sorry for the long digression but onwards to the food ->
Phnom Penh takes reservations for groups of 6 or more so we only waited for 10 mins or so to get a seat which is pretty good considering the hoards of people there for lunch! As usual, it looks pretty hectic in there but service was really fast. Gotta keep that turnover rate up!
One of their most popular items is the Filet Beef Luc Lac on Rice and you can add an egg for $1 or it could be $1.50… The beef is really smooth and the sauce goes well with the rice. It’s actually not my favourite item here though but it is super popular and a lot of people get it
This was one of their Dry Mixed Noodle bowls forgot what was in it… shrimp and Vietnamese pork on rice noodles? I didn’t try this but it looked good.
This was the Stewed Beef with Rice Noodles in soup. It came with carrots and the soup had a tomato/carrot flavour to it. The beef brisket was soft and flavourful from the soup. It’s not really my type of soup though so I wouldn’t get it again.
And now for the MarinatedButter Beef! This is also a must order item here if you didn’t know already! The beef is lightly seared and there’s a lot of cilantro and I believe balsamic vinegar and it just tastes really good mixed up! You get a lot of the cilantro flavour with the tender beef and the acidity from the vinegar is refreshing. I could probably eat this whole plate all by myself!
Finally we can’t forget about the FAMOUS CHICKEN WINGS!!! I’m a huge chicken wing fan and you just can’t go wrong with these. They’re just so crisp and well seasoned and the lemon salt concoction they provide as a dip is really good too. I’m sure I can also devour a whole plate of these…
Overall another delicious meal here with no complaints. Check out my previous post here where I also tried some deep fried frog legs! ;)
My friend and I decided to pop over to Crackle Creme one block over and share an Earl Grey creme brule! They have a lot of flavours now and they all seem equally enticing! I still have so many to try 8)
I love that it’s torched right in front of you and the top makes that satisfying crack as you dig in. The creme brule was bursting with Earl Grey flavour and it was just a heavenly treat.
I was visiting a new optometrist and it was conveniently located across from Congee Noodle House. Time for some no frills good old Chinese food!
Beef Rice Rolls! I didn’t know they served these here since I always thought it was a dim sum thing. Not sure why they used this dish to serve it if they were going to leave the other side empty.
Since this was Congee Noodle House we had to get some congee. Even though I don’t really like congee that much I liked this! This was the Century Egg and Pork Congee. They state on their menu that all their congees come with peanuts and green onion. The congee was well flavoured as in salty and didn’t taste plain like what my mom makes haha I think that’s why I don’t like congee at home…
Finally we had the Stir Fried Beef Rice Noodles which is like a staple for Chinese comfort food. The beef was tender and there was a decent amount in the noodles along with some crunchy bean sprouts. As far as greasiness goes I’ve had worse.
Food came really fast and there was no service but that’s fine as long as the food is good!
While doing some Christmas shopping at Richmond Centre, I decided to have a snack which turned into an entire meal haha For some reason, I really wanted some fast Chinese food or Asian food in general so I was debating between Kung Pao Wok and the Thai place next to it and some other place next to that but Kung Pao Wok was cheaper so I went there instead.
As with other fast food Chinese places, they have pre-made food for you to choose from to go with rice or noodles. I picked a noodle combo with 1 item and I got the Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Beef with some Spicy Chicken. Despite expecting the noodles to be greasy, this surpassed my expectations by being SUPER greasy. There was literally a small pool of oil underneath. The spicy chicken was a tad spicy from the Sichuan peppers and not really dry. It was on the salty side though so probably lots of seasoning and msg.
I was really hungry and the greasy food hit the spot for me. Sometimes you gotta indulge at the food court right?
It was around $7 so I could’ve almost gotten some better Chinese food for the same price but it was the food court so yeah I wasn’t expecting much. The portion of noodles was pretty big for me. I actually thought there’d be less but the server just kept piling it on. You can also ask for a sample of the different food items if you can’t decide like me.
Also, the banana peppers on the side were not part of the meal; they were from Quiznos.