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Published August 20th 2017
Value for money Malaysian with all the favourites
PappaRich Malaysian Delights is a casual Malaysian restaurant in The Wintergarden, serving a huge variety of Malaysian delights - everything from filling noodle and rice dishes, to fun and fanciful toast and roti. It is becoming my one of my "go to" casual restaurants in the city! Even their drink and dessert menu is impressive, covering traditional Malaysian favourites like Milo and milk tea plus "healthy" fruit drinks. I haven't tried the dessert, but I'm looking forward to trying the egg sago pudding!
Refreshing Ribena Melon with lychees (makes it healthy right?)
On one occasion I had the Hainan Chicken Chop with Rice. On top of the rice sat a fried egg (or was supposed to, unfortunately, I only thought to place it back on after I photographed it); the meal also came with cucumber and steamed vegetables. Everyone at the table thought I had the most interesting dish out of the group; indeed it was exciting and fun! Fried chicken fillet with curry isn't something you'd expect from Malaysian food, but it was delicious and very filling. Tender, easy to eat, and I didn't find it salty. I chose it because it looked fun and it had at least some vegetables. Although we had 7 people at the table, the meals came quite quickly (but are brought out as they are ready, rather than being held - this is common at casual Asian restaurants).
On another visit, my companion and I both ordered the Pappa Wat Tan Hor. It's a delicious and hearty rice noodle dish with egg gravy, chicken slices, prawn, choy sum, and fish cakes. It also came with a side serve of green chilli. We chose it because of the choy sum! The side serves of chilli blended well with the egg gravy to make a warm but slightly tangy new flavour. Luckily for me, my companion doesn't eat chilli, so I had an extra fun time! The meal was well cooked; the noodles weren't hard to eat either.
Our hearty Pappa Wat Tan Hor
Similar to other casual Asian restaurants, the service here is efficient. Not unpleasant, but to the point. With most of the meals costing $15 to $18 or even less, and arriving rather quickly, I'm not very concerned about the lack of chatty staff. This isn't to say we weren't taken care of — wait staff did check up on us during the meal and instruct us on the ordering system as we were shown the table. The ordering system is worth a mention; for increased efficiency, you write your order on little paper slips in the cutlery containers on each table setting. A few minutes later, they'll come round and collect it. Only 5 or 10 minutes after that the food is ready!
With their fast service and affordable, fun food, PappaRich is a fine place to enjoy a good meal with friends or family.