Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Faheem's Fast Food, Marickville.

There's not many things that i'll get my hand dirty for when eating (try eating crab or some other crustaceans). So unless its fiddly seafood, it generally doesn't happen. But Faheem's proved me wrong. Tandoori chicken got my hands dirty. 

Sometimes it is the most unexpected that surprises. This is the case with a night out with the fabulous Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. I kid you not when I say shes down to earth, beautiful, hilarious and a massive inspiration for my food blogging. 
(Do excuse me while I continue to fan girl in the corner.) 
So when the chance came up to meet and have dinner with the gorgeous Lorraine, I of course left the choice up to the more knowledgable. 

Lorraine asked if I wanted to check out Faheem's Fast Foods. I had previously heard raving reviews about this place and many colleagues talk about it so do I have to lose? nothing! 
Faheem's touts an unassuming look from the outside but it is  the local's gem serving authentic no-frills Pakistani and Indian food. Don't be put up off by the words fast food because they are cetainly setting the bar high. 

Faheem's greets you with an intense aroma of tandoori chicken. That can only be a sign of the good things to come no?

drinks fridge 
After persuing the menu, we decided to check out their drinks selection.
Many choices including lassi and incarnations of your usual soft drinks were available.

Thums up

 We picked the thums up (no typo!) out of novelty value. Thums up is essentially cola from India, it does however have a slight herbal tinge to it. 

garlic and kashmiri (not pictured) naan 

Living up to its name, food arrived on the table pretty quickly. First up was the naan. The naan is fluffy and as garlicky as one could take. I could easily go through 2-3 myself! We also tried the kashmiri naan, this naan was on the sweet side and I personally didn't enjoy it as much as I'm not a big fan of anything with sultanas.

Haleem's king of Curries

All the neighbouring tables were digging into their curries with gusto so we asked for a recommendation, we were told the Haleem's king of curries was quite popular amongst the diners. You really can't go wrong when a server recommends something! 
The soft boneless beef came together perfectly with the lentil based curry, a squeeze of lemon and you are practically in curry heaven!

tandoori chicken original (half)

We couldn't go past the wafting aroma of the tandoori chicken so we opted to try 2 flavours. 
First up was the original, the flesh was perfectly marinated and was still juicy and flavoursome. 

garlic tandoori chicken (half()

But my heart goes to the garlic version (garlic breath does not concern me!),The intense garlic flavour made this all worthwhile. Tip, get your hands dirty! its worth getting every tiny bit of tandoori goodness out!

lahori fish fry

when 2 food bloggers come together, over-ordering is bound to happen! 
 Which means a delicious leftovers lunch was had the next day!

That doesn't put us off ordering another dish though! the lahori fish fry!
This  fish fry is essentially fish and chips on crack. tender fish fillets were coated lightly in chickpea flour and deep fried. The coating was spicy, herby and heavenly. Mmmm I could do with a plate full for lunch today!

the seating area

paan- palate cleanser

Curiosity is generally a good thing, but in the case of paan,it was definitely an accuired taste. 
The betel leaf held strong hints of caradmom, coconut and rosewater, which was rather overpowering and confusing on the palate. sort of like inhaling morning fresh from the kitchen sink. 
Being me, I took a second bite to be sure. Note to self, always trust your first instinct. 

pistachio kulfi 

We were keen to try some authentic kulfi but unfortunately this prepacked kulfi was a let down. Lucid green in colour and lack of psitachio flavouring. It was also icy and impossible to bite from. 

Easily missed food gem on the busy Enmore Rd. 

My tips? skip the sweets and drinks and load up on the naan, curries and chicken. trust me, you won't regret it.
Fancy something sweet? head down to Hartsyard (proper food post to come!) for their weekly soft serve special.

Hartsyard's Sticky date pudding soft serve

We dug into the sticky date pudding softie and boy was it food heaven + foodgasm!  Outta the world delicious would be an understatement for the baby! I would gladly run on the treadmill for hours on end just for this soft serve!

After a night of stuffing our faces, it was definitely time to head home for a nice long snooze. The food coma hit and my eyelids were drooping by the time I got on the train. Thank god I didn't miss my stop!

Till next time, 


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Lunching with Poh- PappaRich Parramatta


Did I manage to get your attention?


Obligatory selfie with Poh.


How can you not be captivated by that skin? 

Now let me introduce you to another face to Milkteaxx, meet Irene from Irene is getting fat. 
She is a hilarious, food loving, chef stalking blogger who takes some pretty damn nice photos (the one with watermarks).

Now let me segue back to some other delicious Malaysian fare PappaRich Parramatta has to offer. 
It is a pretty long post with plenty of pretty pictures, so grab an Milo dinosaur and sit back!

Malaysian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in Australia, it takes influences from the Chinese and Indians, creating luscious spice and condiment laden foods. As the weather is malaysia is quite warm all year round, they are also quite innovative with their drinks, taking references from the western culture and adding a spin of it into their drinks. 

It is no different at PappaRich, which some say is a contender for the best Malaysian food outside of Malaysia. 

As always our meal started with a round of drinks. Papparich has an extensive choice of drinks, and over a couple of visits, its safe to say i've sampled a fair few and boy is it hard to decide on a favourite!

lychee soda & coconut paradise

A few of these lychee sodas were ordered on our visit, I was told that no drink could get as refreshing as this. I stole of sip of this and it sure delivers, mildly sweet and definitely refreshing! Another tropical contender was the coconut paradise. I'm not a big fan of coconut in drinks unless it is coconut water, but I was told this drink immediately transports you to a tropical island with palm trees, soft sand and a hammock. I quite like the latter so I must try this next time!

Matcha rocks

I love matcha and red bean so it would've been a no-brainer for me to order the matcha rocks.
This delicious concotion of creamy matcha goodness with bits of red beans is to die for! perfect for the matcha fiend!

mango mania & tropical lime

 I didn't get to try them, seeing them polished off in minutes flat meant they had to pretty good! 

open sesame & Milo dinosaur

The milo dinosaur is Malaysia's unofficial national drink. Icy malty goodness goes perfectly with the fragrant and spicy Malaysian dishes. 
On the second visit, I opt for the open sesame, a black sesame soy milk drink, whilst tasty, I found it a bit on the heavy side. 

This needs no introduction.....

Drinks aside, time for some serious calories. By that I mean crunchy crispy glorious deep fried chicken skin. These babies are unbelievably moreish and you simply can't stop at 1 piece. Worth every single calorie. 

Pappa fried chicken wings. 

There is also the over-shadowed fried chicken wings. These blistered skin give way to perfectly cooked chicken flesh. Mmmm! 

mixed satay skewers (chicken and beef)

I first had these satay skewers in Little India when I visited Singapore years ago. The ones we had at PappaRich brought back great memories, whilst delicious, it is a bit on the dry side, but nothing a good dunk in the sauce couldn't solve.

the satay station

If was given this job, no one would ever receive their orders.....

Selection of vegetarian dim sims

The dim sim selection at PappaRich are all vegetarian, so no one ever leaves hungry! 

roti planta

We start off with a strong contender of Roti Planta, which is flaky roti stuffed with margarine and sugar. The fluffy crispy goodness is further enhanced by a trio of spicy curry dips.

Roti canai

The original roti, distinct with its circular appearance, it is the go to for those who love a no fuss roti!

roti canai with curry chicken

You can also go a bit fancy and have your roti with curry chicken ! Do get your hands dirty and enjoy alternating bites of crispy buttery roti and rich flavoursome chicken curry!

Roti Telur w/ beef rendang egg and onion 

The options with roti are endless, you can have roti telur, which is roti with eggs and onions sandwiched between the buttery layers. Not as crispy as the original, but the egginess makes it all worth it. The beef rendang makes a lovely accompaniment to filled roti.

curry chicken laksa 

Now that we are through the rotis, it is time to hit the noodles. What I love about PappaRich is the variety, I always have trouble deciding on what to have, but fear not, with a bunch of food bloggers in tow, we managed to sample quite a few choices. 

When you think Malaysian you can't look past the good ol' laksa. 
The soup here is glorious, coconutty, creamy and spicy. noodles are cooked perfectly but the chicken is a bit on the dry side. 

curry vegetable laksa

They also cater for vegetarians with a curry vegetable laksa!

pappa assam laksa

For those who a bit more hipster and not too into the traditional laksa, this is the choice for you. The soup base is made with fish and has a distinct sour taste. perfect for whetting the appetite!

prawn mee 

Now to my favourite, I have always been a noodles person ( how un-Chinese of me!) Prawn mee has to be one of my favourite dishes, the fragrant soup comes with an assortment of toppings and 2 types of noodles. Perfect for the decision-phobic (me)!

just a smidge of the food.....

Just casually stuffing our faces ya know? 

vegetarian fried mee hoon

They also have a range of stir fried noodles for the upcoming hot days where soupy noodles are proved too difficult to eat.
The vegetarian fried mee hoon is a playground of flavours and textures, nothing bland about this dish! crispy bean curds and veges with rice noodles and generous amounts of bean sprout and eggs. 

CKT/char kwey teo

Better known as CKT, this is the dish to test whether the restaurant has sufficient "wok breath", which is what is responsible for the crispy charred bits. As much as i love the char on CKT, I find them a bit on the oily side, although the rice droplet noodles used are a pleasure to eat, squigy and starchy!

Plenty of seating at the Parramatta venue but queues are constantly snaking across the bus terminus! 

More of the gorgeous Poh.

Poh, please tell me your secret to looking gorgeous!

teh tarik demonstration

Our food inhaling was briefly disrupted by a teh tarik demonstration. This guy has some serious talent, not only can he make a delicious frothy tea, he can "pull" tea behind his back. 
If  you ever see me with this, run, as fast as you can!

briyani rice with red chicken and sambal prawn

More food landed on our table as the teh tarik demo finished. 
The red rice here is not the tomato paste one commonly seen in vietnamese cuisine, it has a slightl spicy kick to it, which complements the fragrant curry and sambal prawns. I could do with a bit more greens though. 

Hainanese chicken rice

A staple in the Malaysian diet, silky soft pieces of chicken poached in stock pairs perfectly with the flavoured rice. The side of bean sprouts add some freshness to the entire dish. 

ipoh koay teow soup with steamed chicken

You can also pair it with slippery rice noodles in a dark soy sauce. Slurping the noodles is part of the fun!

dry curry egg noodles with steamed chicken

Or you can opt for dry egg noodles with a flavoursome curry sauce. 

Eat all the Malaysian!

This is a spread of food for 4 people. yes, 4! 

Poh enjoying her dessert.

coconut sago pudding

Now to the desserts! 
We try the coconut sago pudding, the pudding is sticky and sweet with an intense coconut flavour from the milk. A great occasional choice as it is rather rich.

pappa premium ice cream

Unfortunately this was a let down.  the name suggested something more premium than supermarket neapolitan ice cream. 

roti pisang (banana) w/ ice cream 

We finish off with a sweet buttery roti because who said roti had to be savoury?  This buttery goodness is transformed into a whole new level with a caramelised banana filling. I enjoyed this even though I don't like bananas (or cooked fruit).

Let the food coma commence!

We were stuffed to the brim by the time our leisurely long lunch was over. But as true food bloggers, we waddled across to Messina to continue our action. 

Till next time,

Milkteaxx & Irenegf~

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