Monday, February 18, 2008

Comfort food

Back to Perth but still craving Singaporean food, qin and I decided to hit the alleys of Northbridge to get our fix.

Northbridge is Perth's Chinatown. Well, sorta. It isn't as packed with chinese as, let's say, LA's Chinatown where it's literally filled with chinese people, restaurants and groceries stores. It is, however, where you can find many dim sum places, chinese tze char restaurants, hong kong tea houses and taiwan bubble tea cafes. Not to mention a good amount of vietnamese and korean restaurants and the occasional malay restaurant. It's also home to the famous Corica apple strudel and Hog's breath cafe, plus a few other western restaurants which look a little too high end for my pockets.

The place we dropped by yesterday was called Da pai dang, or Hawker place in english. Apparently it's a Malaysian-food based restaurant which served quite a good variety of dishes, amongst them the Singapore-styled chilli crab.



We had Nasi goreng special ($9) and Hainanese chicken rice ($9) which were quite decent. The only bad point with both dishes were the rice which was a tad too soggy. Other than that, the chicken rice came with a whole chicken thigh which was tender and well flavoured. Although the rice was too wet, the taste was there as well and paired with the chilli, made for a very good meal. The chilli, however, is different from those we normally have in Singapore. Instead, it resembles more like the chilli served in chinese restaurants. Think chicken rice chilli infused with a little thai chilli sauce. Slightly sourish sweet but very tasty nevertheless, definitely a nice alternative to what we usually have.



The Nasi goreng was also well fried, a pity about the rice's moisture though. Filled with juicy prawns, mixed vegetable and chicken meat, it also comes with 2 sticks of satay which were not too bad. It also came with a freshly fried chicken wing which qin said was "very good!". Plus, she said that the belachan they provided was "quite power".

I'm really glad we still have Northbridge to fall back on. Stay tune as I'll be back for it's dim sum restaurants, Viet eating houses and Taiwanese tea cafes!

15 comments:

mama bok said...

Yer so lucky..!! we have nothing close to this.. nor anything decent.. :(

Sammy said...

mamabok, canada no chinatown ??

daphne said...

technically though, northbridge isn't chinatown.. perth isn't allowed to have one as having a "chinatown" encourages segregation apparently. Obviously I disagree but at least there is a good range of chinese/Vietnamese/italian/french restaurants there =)

nice find!

Sammy said...

Ooo, I didn't know that!

ladyironchef said...

hahaha! good that u have some comfort food there : )

D said...

Haha... as if not naming places will end segregation haha..
Segregation is in the mind first, then manifested in a physical sense.

Sammy said...

Haha, I haven't heard from you in a long time aye. How's New york city?

daphne said...

yeah d. I agree! It's odd huh! Still northbridge offer a great selection of food!!!

TAG said...

Since you are talking about northbridge, I would recommend a restaurant I went for 2 days in a row while in the city
Uncle Billy's Chinese Restaurant
9/66 Roe Northbridge, Western Australia 6003
Let me know what you think about that place, better than many zhi char stalls/chinese restaurants in sg.

daphne said...

hawker place is the one at the corner, next to billy lee's right? i think they're singaporean leh.. spoke to the lady bosses before.. they sounded quite singaporean and even told us some singaporean things. but then again, SG and M'sia are so close in location that there's no real difference anymore.

Anonymous said...

for authentic malay food in Perth check out www.suriatakeaway.com.au, a about 20 minutes out of town in the northern suburbs, but worth the drive :-)

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