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Published March 29th 2015
Eat cheap Malaysian food without the queuing
Chatswood has A LOT of famous Malaysian restaurants. Off the top of my head, I can already name PapaRich and Mamak - two that most have heard of before. However, when I was walking around the other day with a friend, we were desperately hungry and wanting to avoid long queues to these two places, we serendipitously found Chef Rasa Sayang on the way to the renowned Chatswood Chase.
Upon walking in, we realised that to make things run more efficiently in the restaurant without a proper waitress, we had to order our food at the counter beforehand. Nevertheless, the lady at the counter had a smile the whole time she was serving me, which was heartening to see that at least some people love their jobs.
Tip: They only accept cash!
They also make the job easier for themselves by letting the customer pour tea or water for themselves (with unlimited refill). You also take all the necessary cutlery yourself!
My friend's not a fan of Malaysian food, so despite more than 40 main meal options on the menu, he simply ordered what I ordered- my favourite Malaysian dish (Hainanese Chicken Rice).
For just $13.90, our chicken dish also came with a side dish, soup, bean sprouts and cucumbers. Not to mention the incredibly short time of about 5-10 minutes they took to cook them. (And don't panic, we had a view of the kitchen, so I am almost 100% certain that the food is safe)
The chicken was very easy to eat with little fuss over bones! They'd executed it so that we were both only left with 2 big pieces of bones that were impossible to swallow. The aromatic and fragrant chicken rice, to my liking, could've had more taste on its own, but with the sauce they gave us, it made the simple rice and sauce combination a lot yummier.