My mom is on a mission to try all the Malaysian restaurants in town. On New Year’s Eve we gathered up our close friends and headed to Ginger & Spice, Neutral Bay for dinner. Okay technically its Singaporean. Then it was Makan @ Alice’s in Thornleigh on a hot hot icky day. So much so that I was told they didn’t have their famous kueh kueh as it was too hot to make them!? After that it was Kuali in Lane Cove. I couldn’t make it to Kuali. And yesterday it was Sambal in Macquarie Park.
At Ginger & Spice we had the banquet menu at $50 per person. The service was good and they were extremely accommodating. We had conveniently forgotten that we had a vegetarian couple dining with us and forgot to cater enough vegetarian dishes for them. The staff offered helpful suggestions and quickly whipped up a generous plate of gado gado..
Then there’s Makan at Alice’s. I had the stir fried glass noodles which was good. I’m a sucker for anything glass noodles. You rarely see this on any menu. Which reminds me.. if you know a place that serves claypot low shee fun (rat tails noodles) in Sydney you have to TELL ME! The beef rendang was tasty but a bit tough. The nasi lemak only offered a small helping of either curry chicken or beef rendang. Char kuey teow was okay. Mmm ice kacang was good.
They are popular for their kueh but what I don’t understand is why they can’t make it on a hot day. Duhh Malaysia is hot everyday.. I will definitely be returning for the kueh and to sample the dinner menu.
As for Kuali, mom says is typical Malaysian. She thought it was okay only. She liked the otak otak dish. The menu is limited and with ‘No Pork’ on the menu is popular among visiting Malaysian bureaucrats.
My mom’s favourite is Sambal. We ordered belachan fried chicken, beef rendang, a pork dish (Tau Eu Bak), sweet and sour fish (house speciality) and the belachan kangkong. Every dish was tasty and nicely presented. I liked the kangkong dish the most with a good hit of chilli. But like my mom, we wonder why it costs a whopping $14.80? A bunch of kangkong only costs 80-90c. Oh the teh tarik was good!
There are of course some Malaysian restaurants that just don’t make the cut but I won’t mention it here as this is after all a blog about the things we like..
Mom hasn’t tried Temasek, Kopitiam and Mamak so those restaurants will be next. Siopao is rather fond of Kopitiam.
Ginger & Spice
240 Military Rd
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
(02) 9908 2552
Makan @ Alice’s (now closed)
262/264 Pennant Hills Rd,
Thornleigh NSW 2120
(02) 9484 8288
7/285-297 Lane Cove Rd,
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
(02) 9889 7977