Part of the Ascot Park Shopping Centre, Little Chilli Padi specialises in offering a wide range of Malaysian dishes. While the name may suggest many of their dishes will be spicy, most of them are actually not spicy.
Available with either chicken breast or thigh, the chicken breast we chose for the Hainanese Chicken Rice was cooked just right with the sauce subtly enhancing its flavour. The chicken was served on a bed of bean sprouts and bok choy, which still had a bit of firmness, and the chicken rice had the characteristic flavour we expected. Served alongside the dish was chilli sauce that the chicken can be dipped in for a bit of kick.
Hainanese Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To our delight, the Beef Rendang we chose for the Nasi Lemak had tender chunks of beef. It also had a delectable coconut flavour from the scattering of coconut flakes on the beef. The typical accompaniments of peanuts and ikan bilis were fried to perfection, and the coconut rice had a good amount of coconut flavour. Take care when adding the chilli sambal as it packs a potent spicy punch.
Nasi Lemak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for sating your hunger while waiting for your main meal, the soft pork filling in their Ngoh Hiang (Five-spice Pork Rolls) had enough five spice flavour to make eating them an enjoyable experience. The pork filling was contrasted nicely by the crisp tofu sheet skin. Aside from sweet chilli sauce, this dish came with pickled vegetables whose sharp flavour complemented the pork rolls well.
The Cendol offered here is in the Malaysian-style with shaved ice and gula melaka (palm sugar). While we would have liked the dish to have a bit more gula melaka, the pandan flavoured jelly was not too soft and the red beans and corn provided elements of sweetness and texture. It also had plenty of shaved ice to ensure the dish stayed cold. This dish is best enjoyed by mixing it thoroughly first to spread the flavour of the gula melaka throughout the dish.
Cendol (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Customers that choose to visit during lunchtime can enjoy a selection of lunch specials that are cheaper than their main menu counterparts. Finding parking space is not an issue with the Ascot Park Shopping Centre's carpark offering plenty of off-street parking.