PappaRich – rerun

After hearing about complaints that I went to PappaRich without certain people, off we went together to play the ‘line ride’ to eat Malaysian food after their official opening (see my previous visit before they officially opened here). Initially there was 5 of us for the waiting ticket but after some delays we just cut the number down to 3,  we probably would have gotten in sooner if we initially only had the three of us but by the time we adjusted the number and got seated it ended up being a 40 minute wait. I didn’t find this too bad if you have ever waited for a table for yum cha in Sydney, but for those who aren’t used to it, they might consider the wait too long or the large crowd waiting around too daunting. The annoying thing is that you have to wait around for the ticket to be called, at least at Jamie’s Italian they give you a buzzer when a table becomes available so you can continue shopping until then.


When we got inside, we were greeted with friendly faces and a bustling crowd of happy patrons.



These drinks are perfect as a refreshing beverage on a hot Summer’s day.

Lemon Iced tea ($3.90).

Ribeana melon ($6.50).

a blurry photo of an Iced chocolate ($4.20).

and a Mango mania ($6.50).




We were so excited about so many things, we just ordered what we wanted but the problem with that was the table couldn’t fit all our food despite conglomerating everything as it arrived and just when I thought everything complete, the noodles came and we had to pull up a chair to accommodate it.


We ordered some things that I’ve already tried before like:

Hainan chicken rice set ($12.90).


20131215-175459.jpgRoti canai with chicken curry ($12.50), 1 extra roti canai ($4.90).


Then we ordered some new things:

Pappa deep fried chicken skin ($6.90). I wouldn’t eat this as a ‘main meal’ or anything but as a snack between mouthfuls of curry and roti, it made for an addictive salty snack. The unplucked feathers can be a bit off putting.


Pappa Char Koay Teow wok-fried flat noodles with prawns, egg and bean sprouts. This dish is mildly spicy ($12.90). I was eager to order this because a Malaysian friend said that they used authentic noodles in their char koay teow here and I was keen to see what that meant. I was surprised to find that the noodles were thin almost like pad thai noodles, but overall I found that the dish a bit bland only consisting of egg and bean sprouts, some fish slices and only two prawns tossed to the side. I much prefer my noodles to have lots of shallots, soy sauce and fatty Chinese sausage.


Even the fish pieces didn’t offer much in the way of taste. 20131215-175728.jpg

Satay mixed 3 sticks of chicken satay and 3 sticks of beef satay ($13.90). I am always wary of ordering anything other than chicken on a satay stick as I think the other meats get tough and over cooked and it was no different here. The beef satay sticks were hard to chew and were nowhere near as nice as the moist tender chicken. Stick to the chicken satay sticks! 20131215-175622.jpg


Tandoori chicken ($8.90). I was surprised to find this on the menu but it was a moist chicken leg piece with all the spices served with a creamy yoghurt.



Roti bom a variant of roti canai. It is thicker and sweeter and served with condensed milk and sugar ($7.90). I was determined to make space for the dessert roti that everyone kept talking about. It really is a thicker roti which made the centre more doughy. I didn’t think it was sweet enough or needed more condensed milk despite other people’s thoughts that it was sweet enough as is but I don’t think it is worth almost $8.00 for a bread with a bit of dip when for a few extra dollars you could get a whole meal with a roti canai. Sorry people, I really did want to love this.




Despite saying I was full, it didn’t stop me from ‘tasting’ my friend’s meal as we were leaving the restaurant.

I’m used to having my silken tofu dessert with more of a gingery syrup but this had a very caramel/coffee taste to it. The texture was silky, smooth and perfect.


Hainan toasted bread with peanut butter. This was one super thick paste of sticky peanut butter but overall nothing special.


Even though I’ve been here twice and tried to order lots of things, there are still many menu items that I would like to try. If you don’t go overboard, a tasty meal can be rather cheap if you don’t mind a bit of a wait to get in.

food porn VIII

So you might have noticed, I do enjoy a spot of yum cha. Here’s a glimpse of a yum cha adventure @ Jin Yan in Castle Hill~

Rice rolls– delicious fillings and not stingy with the soy sauce, just the way I like it

Sticky rice with chicken- a MUST when I eat yum cha

Congee- pork and century egg: the only flavour to get in my opinion, although I never eat the egg if I can help it

White bait– this plate was finished quickly even though I’m not a fan

Rice rolls with a yau ja gwaimade to order, and yes Dan you would love this

Xiao-long bao– retained it’s ‘soup’ and was freshly steamed

Time for sweets!

Runny egg custard buns– I don’t usually see these and if you enjoy them they make them really well.

Mango pancakes– mango, cream wrapped in a pancake, enough said!

Warm egg tarts– oh so much better when it’s warm!

Warm custard buns– burns your fingers a little as you’re trying to take off the paper but so worth it!

If you can’t find the things you want, just order it through a waiter and that way it’ll be especially made and come hot and fresh.  Worth going to if you’re in the area!

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Sydney Series- yum cha @ The Fat Buddha

Saturday brunch

The Fat Buddha restaurant is one of the most recent additions to the QVB. I was meeting up with my sister and cousin for a bit of yum cha action before my high tea at the Sofitel hotel later that day. I only knew where it was because I was strolling around QVB just the weekend before (on Level 2 opposite end to the hobby shop).

There’s a fat Buddha at the entrance to greet people.

Lovely modern decor with beautiful arched windows.

An assortment of yum cha favourites.

I can’t remember what this was called, possibly ‘prawn ball with dragon beard’?- either way it was hot and fresh.

Xiao Long bao- not the best I’ve had but still very tasty with ‘soup’ inside.

The custard tarts were particularly delicious! (they were also still warm, the best way to have them!)

 Mango pancakesmango crepes filled with cream and mango chunks. Delicious but I didn’t get a chance to eat more than one bite


The food was pretty nice during yum cha and their desserts were particularly delicious. Even though while we were there there wasn’t too many people (so therefore not a particularly high turnover of food) the food was still hot and fresh.   

Looking at their online menu, I would absolutely love to come back for the a-la-carte menu and try such dishes as: wok seare wagyu beef, steamed mud crab in fragrant rice wine and egg white custard, frilly deep fried bean curd with Szechuan dipping, wok seared pieces of wild barramundi with first brewed soy sauce and roasted pork rib with vintage dark vinegar and ginger. MMM my mouth is watering just typing out the names.


Venue: The Fat Budha

Address: Shop 201 Level 2 QVB, 455 George Street Sydney

Entertainment card: New recent addition to the Sydney book!                     


Fat Buddha Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Impeccable food @ Imperial Peking

People might think I eat out a lot but so does my sister! So when she asked me what I wanted to eat while visiting in Sydney, of course I said yum cha, she knew exactly where to take me. Though the sports club looked a bit dingy and going up countless escalators made me dizzy, it was well worth it.

It was busy so there’s a high turn over of food, there is a lot of staff to cater for the size of the restaurant so finished plates were taken away promptly, tea was refilled constantly and it didn’t take long to wait for a table.

I’m ready to go!

Here comes the trolley!

Congee- pork with century egg

Stocking up!

Combination dumpling-  nice and crispy with a perfect balance of salty and sweet.

BBQ pork bun- no yum cha is complete without one (or more) of these.

Chicken feet– not for me but I guess I can’t eat everything


BBQ pork rice roll

Pork ribs with rice– YUM! My favourite!

A pot of ‘Puerh’ tea to wash it all down.

Food was delicious with good service. Would go here again if I knew how to get there/if I was in the area. 

Imperial Peking at Souths Juniors on Urbanspoon