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!?
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
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
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