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by Diana (subscribe)
Microbiologist-turned-homemaker, she is a foodie with a flair for cooking. An avid traveller and voracious reader, she also loves to paint and indulges in photography.
Published March 8th 2017
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It always lands one in a tricky spot when the task at hand is to rate or review a restaurant that is part of a franchise. There is an associated risk of crash landing on the fan base with some upsetting remarks. Factor in some suspense too, if one has no clue of the existence of a well-known chain of restaurants. To tell you the truth, until recently, I was that "one." Despite my ignorance, PappaRich has its own share of fame in the restaurant world as a brand name for Malaysian food.

PappaRich Bankstown
Curry Laksa Seafood (photo by writer)


PappaRich, Bankstown
Welcome to PappaRich (photo by writer)
PappaRich, Bankstown
The PappaRich Menu (photo by writer)
PappaRich, Bankstown
(photo by writer)


PappaRich, Bankstown
(photo by writer)
Conveniently located opposite bus stops and a mere 500 metres from the station, on one of Bankstown's major arteries, the Chapel Road, PappaRich Bankstown with two parking lots on either side, gets a ten on ten for accessibility.

PappaRich, Bankstown
Ket, the new owner of PappaRich, Bankstown (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
The Dining Area (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Our Options (photo by writer)

Interestingly, my road intersected with it at the relaunch event following a brief closure in 2016. Ket, the new owner, gave me an overview of the changes saying, "99% of the menu is still the same with just a percent of modification we have made catering to popular demand." Not only has the menu had a slight amount of additions and deletions, but the restaurant too has undergone some polishing. The spacious and lighted interior paired with their see-through kitchen is quite inviting.

PappaRich, Bankstown
Mango Mania (photo by writer)
PappaRich, Bankstown
Pappa Deep Fried Chicken Skin (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Pappa Fried Chicken Wings (photo by writer)

Our lunch included treats from every section of the thick magazine-like menu loaded with lavish photos of most of the specials and the favourites. The prices are similar to most other Asians restaurants. They have a comprehensive selection of drinks (no alcoholic ones) - a number of juice and ice blends, an assortment of coffee, tea and soy milk choices (hot or iced) in combination with varying add-ons. Of all the drink incarnations, Mango Mania sounded appealing to me. It turned out amazing - a sweet concoction of mango juice, ice, deseeded litchi and cubes of watermelon and coconut.

PappaRich, Bankstown
Mixed Satay (photo by writer)

In starters, the crispy Pappa Deep Fried Chicken Skin was an instant hit. Nevertheless, the Pappa Fried Chicken Wings and the Mixed Satay (chicken and beef skewers) were equally well prepared. The mains included Roti Canai with Curry Chicken, Pappa Chicken Rice with Steamed Chicken, Pappa Wat Tan Hor, Dry Curry Egg Noodles with Steamed Chicken, Pappa Char Koay Teow, Pappa Special Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal Prawns, Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken and Curry Laksa Seafood.

PappaRich, Bankstown
Roti Canai with Curry Chicken (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Pappa Special Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal Prawns (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (photo by writer)


The rice and soft juicy steamed chicken was served with chicken soup, bean sprouts and a chilli, ginger and soy sauce dipping. It is a great option for anyone trying to steer clear of the oily road. The Wat Tan Hor was a thick savoury egg gravy rich with flat rice noodles, prawns, chicken slices and choy sum. And the soy sauce infused curry egg noodles was a refreshing variation from the usual noodle dishes. Pappa Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal Prawns is a complete lunch package in itself and the whole combination of sticky rice, a little serving of red kidney beans, fried onions, a dose of cucumber salad with a boiled egg balancing the spicy gravy of chicken curry and sweetness of sambal prawns, was fantastic. The muscular chicken quarter escorting the Nasi Lemak, was a spicier cousin of the fried chicken wings. Presentation wise, every item had been replicated in close exactness to its picture in the menu.


PappaRich, Bankstown
Dry Curry Egg Noodles (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Pappa Wat Tan Hor (photo by writer)

I loved their smokey Char Koay Teow, its beauty enhanced by the fresh prawns, tender fish cakes, eggs and crunchy bean sprouts. But all these paled before the heroics of the curry chicken that accompanied the roti canai and the luxurious coconut broth of the seafood laksa. Some of the best Indian curry gravies would have cheered the audacity of the curry chicken's chilli and coconut-ygravy. It was a delight that left us craving for more long after the fluffy canai was gone.

PappaRich, Bankstown
Caramel Sago Pudding (photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
Pappa Ice Cream (photo by writer)

When it was time for dessert, I went for the Caramel Sago Pudding while my husband chose Pappa Ice Cream, which was scoops of strawberry and chocolate ice-cream topped with banana, whipped cream and mint leaf served in a waffle basket. The light dessert - mango flavoured pudding in a sweet sago soup was evenly tempered by the strong flavour of the caramel syrup - tucked itself perfectly into the space I had saved after the fulfilling lunch. My husband found his waffle basket a bit on the tougher side but he enjoyed its contents.
PappaRich, Bankstown
(photo by writer)
PappaRich, Bankstown
(photo by writer)

PappaRich, Bankstown
(photo by writer)

Judging from their current standards at the Bankstown outlet, PappaRich's story of "modern version of the traditional coffee shops in Malaysia" is not only going to retain its current fan following but also earn a much wider one. After this enriching encounter (and a smooth landing), PappaRich has certainly claimed the admirer in me.


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Why? Mouthwatering Malaysian Food
When: Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 9:30pm; Friday to Sunday: 11am to 9:30pm
Phone: (02) 9709 4147
Where: Shop G13-G14, Little Saigon Plaza, 462 Chapel Road, Bankstown
Cost: From $2 to $25.90
Your Comment
Can't agree more on this. We had a great family lunch at PappaRich Parramatta counter last year. Your writing truly reminded me those delicious foods served there. Well presented Diana 👍
by madhu (score: 0|8) 642 days ago
Your photo of the char koay teow looks like the wrong photo 😉
by Shari (score: 0|4) 634 days ago
That's a great article the food looks great too
by RC (score: 3|1221) 641 days ago
we've been twice to the PappaRich in Ultimo on Broadway - and found it good authentic food - just a little small servings for the price caused me to not rush back. Oh - and their beef rendang - I think came too dry for me - needed some sauce with the boiled rice - and I was told this is the way it should be - I wasn't happy as it seemed to be pushing me to order something else in order to 'get' some sauce to go with the rice.

Tasted fine but I haven't been back since.
by ultim (score: 1|70) 637 days ago
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