PappaRich Macquarie Centre – Good laksa in North Ryde

Today’s laksa is from PappaRich Macquarie Centre. For those who haven’t been to a PappaRich yet, they are a chain with locations in Chatswood, Broadway, Parramatta, Bankstown and in the ACT + Melbourne too. You can usually spot them by their weird choice of decor and the long-ass line out the door. They do pretty good Malaysian food but I’m still confused about why exactly they are so popular – and this goes for several of their stores not just Macquarie…

Maybe it is good marketing? The deep fried chicken skin? Or because they are oddly clean and spacious for an Asian restaurant!?

PappaRich Macquarie Centre - Chicken Laksa
PappaRich Macquarie Centre – Chicken Laksa

The PappaRich Curry Laksa comes out in a big bowl that is wider than normal, but not more shallow which makes it a bit difficult to finish without getting soup everywhere. They serve their chicken laksa with fishcake (good) but there are a few non-traditional additions:

 

  • Deep-fried eggplant chunks (bad). OK so the eggplant is actually nice but pretty gigantic chunks and quite plain tasting – so it takes away from the laksa. The photo below probably doesn’t reflect the size well as the bowl is so wide – but they gave me about 1/3 of a large eggplant
  • Deep-fried beancurd skin (good). I liked this and they still had a couple of tofu puffs of course
  • They also only serve it with hokkien noodles which I didn’t remember from my last visit
PappaRich Macquarie Centre - Big, Wide Bowl of Curry Chicken Laksa
PappaRich Macquarie Centre – Big, Wide Bowl of Curry Chicken Laksa

It has a bit of an orange glow but overall is on the mild – medium side when it comes to chilli. The sambal (of which I added a bunch) seems to be made on site, but is also not that spicy.

The soup is in the middle when it comes to consistency – not overly thin like some, but not creamy or as rich as others. The flavour is good, but definitely on the low side. In fact, that is the biggest problem with PappaRich’s laksa. It needs more flavour.

The grit and spice is just not there.

The fact that their soup is a bit lacking in flavour is not helped by the addition of eggplant, using only hokkien noodles or the fact their tofu puffs had not been cooked for long enough in the soup.

So it definitely isn’t bad, but it has a way to go. Since it is a pretty large chain I am sure they aren’t planning on changing their recipe any time soon. I do like it better than Sambal at the moment, so for anyone who works or lives around there, check out PappaRich and let me know what you think!

 

Current Ranking: Find out where PappaRich sits in the rankings here

Last Eaten: March 2016

Price for Chicken Laksa: $13.80

Laksa varieties: Curry Laksa – Chicken, Vegetable, Prawn + Assam Laksa

Chilli: Mild

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Ipoh Town – OK Laksa in Sydney City

Ipoh Town is hidden away off Grosvenor place behind George St, in a tiny, hard-to-find food court. It is apparently run by the same people who run Ipoh on York St and Jimmy’s Recipe. They have now opened up several shops so you can find them in Chatswood, Barangaroo and Grosvenor Place.

So after going back for a second visit in February, I have actually moved Ipoh Town down the list by a couple of places to sit around 10th at the time of writing this. The soup definitely tastes like they might use milk largely in place of coconut milk and it really came across on the mild side. Possibly an off day?

If you like your laksa thin and milky or have a friend / young child who isn’t into spicy food – this could be a good starting point.

Ipoh Town's Chicken Laksa in Feb 2016
Ipoh Town’s Chicken Laksa in Feb 2016

It definitely isn’t a bad laksa at all and they do some good Malaysian drinks on the side too like Lemon Iced Tea / Malaysian Iced Coffee and Limau Ice.

Ipoh Town Chicken Laksa

Ipoh Town Chicken Laksa

There are definitely similarities to what I remember from Ipoh on York and a big plus that you get both noodles, a bunch of tofu and as much sambal as you want.

Ipoh Town Chicken Laksa April 2015

So not amazing but dependable and will do if you are in the area near the Rocks.

Current Ranking: See the FULL LIST to see where Ipoh Town is ranked right now!

Last Eaten: February 2016

Price for Chicken Laksa: $11

Laksa varieties: Chicken / Tofu / Beef / Fish / Wonton / Prawn / Seafood / Combination

Chilli: Mild. Very Mild.

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