Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Teh Tarik – Pulled Malaysian Milk Tea
It started with an email from Karen, who had a craving for Malaysian. I was curious, as I’d never tried any Malay cuisine, but had been hearing so much about the Sydney food bloggers’ favourite restaurants and was eager to finally try it for myself. We quickly decided on Alice’s in Thornleigh, one of Steph’s local favourites, and I decided to go with the flow and let them order for me! I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was for a Sunday lunch, and how lucky we were to snaffle the last table! Because it was a warm day, we started with an iced Teh Tarik, which is apparently usually a little sweeter and more frothy. I think this would have made a difference, but it was good.
Hainanese Chicken Rice – Steamed Chicken with Flavoured Rice
You can’t think of Malaysian food without thinking about Chicken Rice. Perhaps you need to be Malaysian to appreciate it fully, but I loved it anyway. The flavours of the garlic and soy went perfectly with the beautifully cooked chicken thigh.
Roti Canai & Curry – Pan-Fried Roti Canai Bread with Chicken Curry
I was a little bit unsure about the chicken curry, as I am not a huge fan of curry just generally, but it was surprisingly delicious. Served with crispy roti, it was very flavoursome without being overpowering, and I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to order it again.
Butter Soft Shell Crab – Soft Shell Crab with butter, eggs, curry leaves & fresh chilli
But my favourite dish of the day had to be the Butter Soft Shell Crab. It was naughty but oh so nice, delightfully crispy and perfectly cooked. I especially loved the egg. It was a very generous serving, and we ended up having to ask for a takeaway container because we couldn’t finish it. Lucky me, I ended up with the leftovers!
Pulut Hitam – Sweet Black Glutinous Rice Dessert with a Dash of Coconut Milk
Karen says this is her favourite dessert, a delicious creamy black rice, served warm with a generous swirl of coconut milk. I enjoyed it too, I thought I could taste red bean but it might have been my imagination! The coconut milk added an extra dimension of taste and creaminess that worked so well.
Ice Kacang – Shaved Ice with Jelly, Creamed Corn, Red Beans in Gula Melaka & Milk
Creamed corn in dessert? I was willing to give it a try, especially since it was a hot day and the shaved ice seemed particularly inviting. It exploded with different flavours and textures in every spoonful that complemented each other so nicely. It was a surprising but immensely enjoyable meal, and I’m looking forward to the next time someone has a craving for Malaysian food.
Makan @ Alices – 262-264 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh