Late 2011 and beginning of 2012 has brought Sydney new cafes and restaurants for us to explore. Choosing between which joint to try first becomes a difficult decision. As some of you know, I am going through a Malaysian cuisine phase. A recommendation from a trusted source made the decision making process a breeze! The chosen one was Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker food. It is one of those new-ish restaurants I have enjoyed dining in since the beginning of this year. As the name suggests, they serve hawker style Malaysian cuisine.
Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker food restaurant is located along George Street (near the Capitol Theatre) in Haymarket. It is named after a popular place in Malaysia (which also holds the same name, "Petaling Street") that accommodates to dozens of food stalls and restaurants. Petaling Street sets a very clean looking hawker style environment with wooden chairs and benches. The level of lighting makes this place very warm and inviting. I really like restaurants with nice lighting as I also want to enjoy food visually.
Iced teh tarik ($3.50). They make this classic Malaysian drink quite well. For those not familiar with this drink, it is the iced version of "pulled tea". A mixture of black tea and condensed milk. The pulling preparation process gives the drink it's frothy top. I would definitely order it again on my next visit.
Teh O Ice Limau (Iced lime tea) ($3.59). Very refreshing and not too sweet!
They have a wide range of items in their menu. Luckily, we know what we want! Which makes the selection process easier. The service is fairly quick too! Also, servings are pretty generous. Without any further wait, here's what we've tried:
Their fried or char koay teow (CKT) ($9.50) is probably my favourite out of the whole menu! Maybe even my favourite CKT in Sydney. It is amazing! Everything I like in a CKT is in it - Stir fried egg noodles with chinese sausage, prawns, bean shoots and it even has clams! I heard clams in CKT is how it's done in Malaysia. The caramelised sweet soya and "breath of wok" taste is present in this version. It has the perfect amount of spiciness in it.
Petaling Street style rice drop noodles in claypot ($11.50). The texture of the noodles is slightly chewy. Topped with mince pork which has a cross flavour of kecap manis and oyster sauce that is slightly peppery. It is quite greasy. But in actual fact, the greasiness makes this dish taste better! The Chinese mushroom adds a nice touch to the dish and also serves as a flavour carrier.
Last but not least, the chicken curry laksa ($ 9.90) is so good! It has the usual mix of egg and vermicelli noodles. Also contains chicken, bean curd, bean shoots and tasty clams. The broth is milkier than what I'm used to. It is spicy but not too hot to handle. Overall, a very nice bowl of laksa!
This is a new kid on the block worth visiting. Good value plus good tasting food with generous servings is a winner for me! The food at Petaling Street was very yummy for my tummy!
Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food
769 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 1006
Sunday - Wednesday 11am to 11pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am to 2am