CCU Undercover: Taste Of Malaya

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So, CCU was reviewing her own reviews (ironic no?) and was a little devastated. She had yet to under-18-wine and dine at an Asian restaurant. She started imagining noodles, Szechuan sauce and hot, steamy spring rolls. Yep, definitely not good enough on her part. Dragging along her mum (have you met CCU senior? Ok senior is a little drastic, I can imagine her shock right now ;), CCU rushed over to the nearest fabulous Asian restaurant she knew and loved.

Rushed as in after 2 hours of dress shopping… ;)


Ok, so yes, this is a much loved restaurant of mine :D – I think I have been here 3 times before at least and you all know I don’t go to the same place or try the same recipe unless it’s fabulous :)

Taste Of Malaya does not have a website, is not a high flying fancy place. It is a beautifully decorated yet simple place with one of the friendliest staff I have ever had the pleasure to be served by. They are all so cute and 100% smiley!

Malaysian food, how can I describe it. To be honest, their authentic cuisine to me seems like a mishmash of a variety of Asian cuisines and I love it. This means on their menu, they are serving Chinese with Thai twists and so on. It is fabulous to have so much choice and everything having a vegetarian option :)

I also mentioned they have a wonderful interior.They have the perfect balance between cultural like an awesome lucky cat (:)) and then this wooden theme, brightened up by flowers and adding a touch of elegance by their beautiful lamps. I just absolutely love it!

They also have an open kitchen, so while waiting for the food, you can watch them cutting and frying and smell your food being generously doused in oil :)

I suppose you want the hard stuff, the core facts… the food :)
Which I am more than happy to provide :D

Fun fact: My family eats ‘apparently’ ridiculously early, especially me, so it came to no surprise we were the first guests in the restaurant. We were seated, with good lighting and warmth surrounding us, and promptly given menus.

First up: Drinks :)

My mum of course went for her water. Me? I decided to try a little something different. I was opting for apple juice but then saw an appletiser – huh?

Appletiser ($3.90)

Being in the non-alcoholic section, it certainly attracted my attention! I asked my server and she said it was a sparkling version of apple juice. You know sparkling mineral water? Yep, just apple juice.

I was a little apprehensive, true, since I am not a fan of sparkling mineral water but took the risk and it paid off! The apple juice was delicious and the ‘sparkle’ gave it a little zingy kick which was fantastic :D

Next up came the entree! Being only ma and myself, we decided for one plate of something, and what is an Asian eat without the crispy crunch of spring rolls no?  We ordered the vegetarian ones which came on a bed of fried rice noodles, served with some salad which mother kindly disposed off and the most delicious sweet chilli sauce. It was silky and perfectly dippable!

Vegetarian Homemade Mini Rolls ($6.50)

The spring rolls in themself were perfectly made. They were crunchy on the outside as desired and the vegetables were perfectly soft but not mushy on the inside, and with great flavouring too. I do not know how they do it but I wish I knew their secret :D

Being true blood Indians, mum and I ordered an extra of chilli paste and chopped chillis in soy sauce. Don’t look at us like we are crazy ;)
You can imagine we did though, go a little over the top with it…

Free of charge

Polishing off spring rolls is not difficult so before we knew it, the main course was served.
We got two dishes and decided to share them.

*Cue to awwwww at mother-daughter loving*

My choice were some vegetable flat noodles with vegetables and two kinds of soy sauce, all cooked in a wok over high heat. Just the thought makes me smile :)
We did get it without egg but it certainly did not take away anything from the flavour. The noodles were slippery from their flavouring and melted in the mouth, working perfectly with the sprouts and shredded vegetables.

Vegetarian Char Kway Teow ($13.50) – Flat rice, noodle stir fried over high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli with small amounts of carrot, bean sprout, onion, shallots and eggs (Medium done)

Mum ordered the Szechuan vegetables covered in the sauce with tofu. This dish of pure vegetables is usually our staple at any Asian restaurant but it is spectacular here. I loved the colourful presentation and the crunchiness of the vegetables, attesting to its freshness despite being covered in a perfect sauce.

Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables w/ Tofu, Szechuan (Medium) ($14.50)

And I love Bok Choy. Crazy love it. Especially when it is swimming in chillis ;)

After our meal, which was actually not too heavy, we grabbed two lollies which they keep as in their after dinner sweeteners bowls at the registr. Cutest idea ever! Loved it!

I waved goodbye to the lucky cat, which always seems to be waving ;), and mum and I decided to counteract our burning throats and chilli laden stomachs with some ice cream, so we headed off to Baskin Robbins :)

I would say I could review Baskin Robbins but like Max Brenner, one day I will have amassed enough photos to actually review these places… I promise :D

Mum had the Caramel Chocolate Crunch :D

I had the Very Berry Strawberry :D

What a fabulous evening! Thank you mummy!

General Information

  • Friendly, efficient service
  • I love the lolly jars, seriously, second mention love
  • Clean plates and glasses, well sized tables
  • Maybe next time keeping a jug of water on the table would be better? I am just saying this because of our intense heat hits :P
  • Provided cutlery because mum and I are not cultured enough to use chopsticks ;) – it came quickly and the waiter placed it so beautifully on the table!

    Little details :)

  • I love that they have a bowl and plate to use in case of sharing – it is so nice not to ask the establishment for extra plates (you will not believe how common it is!)
  • Very reasonably priced

Rating: 9/10

Booking: Unnecessary unless weekend and having a late dinner (7pm-onwards)


Castle Towers Piazza, Shop 5
Castle Street
Castle Hill 2154

Phone Number: 9634 8967

Taste of Malaya on Urbanspoon


Just before I start my post, I would like to give a big shout out to Amy from A Melbourne Girl At Heart! I was very lucky to win her giveaway and received a delicious Vietnamese sweet package with a just as sweet a note :D

Can you believe this delicious fudge even has edible paper?

Thank you very much Ames, I am digging in as I type ;)

In even further good news, I was lucky enough to be Foodista’s Food Blog of the day on August 3rd :D
it was so exciting to receive that email!

Check out past winners here – they are all fantastic. In fact, a wonderful blogging friend, Balvinder from Simple Gluten Free Kitchen received it one or 2 days before me!


Moving far from the land of noodles and stir fry, today I am bringing you a simple but flavour LOADED recipe.

You see, we have boxes of cake and sweets in the house right now, and while I am the last one to complain, it does however mean I am limited in how much sweet I can make.

Now I don’t usually do this but why not make savoury? ;)

It is actually ridiculous – if you see my list of bookmarked savoury it is in a 0.0001:100 ratio… guess which is the 0.0001 :D

Anyway, back to it, I am making Roast Potatoes. But these are good, solid, crispy but soft, flavoursome potatoes, not a slop of mushy potatoes which look like a mix between mashed and roasted :P

I changed the recipe to add a little more oil and a touch more salt because honestly, if you are eating potato, don’t go halfway on me :D

Each bite has this ‘crack’ and then the perfectly cooked inner just melts you… or it did me ;)

Roast Potatoes
Adapted from: Exclusively Food

Serves: 6-8


  • 1 kg potatoes (I used Desiree), washed and dried
  • 1 generous tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup + 2-3 extra tbs olive oil
  • Dash of Italian herbs/chilli (any desired flavouring)


  1. Peel potatoes and cut in thick chunks all roughly the same size to ensure even cooking
  2. Place in a large saucepan with cold water just covering them
  3. Add in 1/4 tsp of salt
  4. Cover the saucepan, leaving the little crooked to allow steam to escape, and bring the water up to the boil on high heat
  5. Return to medium and cook 5-7 minutes or until the potato chunks are soft but still offer a little resistance when pierced
    **You have to make them semi-cooked as they will be cooked again in the oven
  6. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C fan forced, 220 degrees C normal
  7. Drain the potatoes once cooked and leave them at room temperature until you can handle them in your hands
  8. Using the tines of a fork, scratch grooves in gently on every side of each potato piece (do not be too hard otherwise you will split the potato)
  9. Place your oil into a long large baking tray and spread all around – put in preheated oven for 5 minutes to let it heat up
  10. Place potato pieces carefully on it, spreading them out slightly and season with remaining salt
  11. Bake for 40-50 minutes, turning them every 15-20 minutes or until the skin is golden and the inside is soft when a skewer is inserted
    **Keep an eye out, different sized potatoes have different cooking times?
  12. Remove from tray, sprinkle with more seasoning if desired and eat away!
    **Drain them on a paper towel to remove excess oil

Bon Appetit!



110 Comments… add one

Carolyn Chan September 17, 2012, 4:01 am

That restaurant sounds pretty authentic ! It’s great that you can get good Malaysian food in Sydney now – it’s taken a while, but think there finally are some great places to eat there. Let me know if you want a few recommendations – my family’s from Malaysia and live there and are always in search of good places :)

Those roast potatoes look YUMMY.

Choc Chip Uru September 17, 2012, 4:09 am

Oooh I would like that, Malaysian cuisine is so delicious and definitely it has taken too long to be established in Sydney ;)
Thank you my friend!


mybeautfulthings August 17, 2012, 4:28 pm

That sounds like a fabulous meal from the crispy rolls to the icecream! I’m catching up on your posts today having been busy with Grandbabies and babysitting so now off to the next one! :)

Keep Calm and Eat On August 17, 2012, 2:12 am

What a fun blog post. I can be bribed with Asian food so that is no big surprise. That bok choy with chilli is going to haunt me.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 16, 2012, 1:46 pm

That is a seriously awesome restaurant.. we have some similar here, I need to go undercover myself! I’m happy to see a savory dish once in a while, you’re an amazing cook.. sweet or savory:D

Daisy@Nevertoosweet August 16, 2012, 1:14 am

OMG WOW you have a new layout! So sorry it’s taken me so long to come and visit! Things have been crazy! I love the new layout hehe this sounds like a great place for dinner! Wish i could make some of the dishes at home!

Nami | Just One Cookbook August 11, 2012, 7:51 am

First of all, the flat noodle made me so hungry and I must eat this tomorrow otherwise I’d go crazy craving for it. I love that you scratch the side of potatoes – I’m going to use that technique next time. Very berry strawberry is my #1 pick at BaskinRobins! :D

Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric August 9, 2012, 3:34 pm

Congrats on your Foodista feature!! Taste of Malaya looks delicious especially the tofu curry and noodles. Malaysian cuisine offers great complex flavours for the palate and I’m craving some now as I write this! Awesome post!

Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) August 9, 2012, 7:04 am

The char kuey teow looks amazing!!

saffronandhoney August 9, 2012, 3:34 am

Undercover is back! You deserved that wonderful meal, it looks great!

Kiran August 9, 2012, 3:02 am

That char kuey teow looks way too delicious! I just had some dinner, yet my stomach growled just looking at those photos :D

Balvinder August 9, 2012, 12:55 am

I just saw that you mentioned about my blog. Thanks Guru!

Balvinder August 9, 2012, 12:53 am

Hi Guru Uru, You are so good in writing restaurant reviews and taking food pictures. I just had my slice of cake with tea but you have made me hungry by posting pictures of spring rolls. Its been long and I almost forgot the taste. I should try making these rice wrappers.

Your par boiling the potatoes before roasting has given a nice golden colour, which I like.

Swathi August 8, 2012, 11:10 pm

Seriously these guys need to pay for you?. You write reviews very well. Food looks delicious. Your version of potato are yummy.

amy donovan (@amy_donovan) August 8, 2012, 10:15 pm

Oh wow, the restaurant looks soooo good, especially those noodles. I shouldn’t have read this post while I was hungry! Your potatoes look fabulous, too – you just can’t go wrong with any potato recipe in my book. =)

thelady8home August 8, 2012, 9:38 pm

Those spring rolls look heavenly!! I adore spring rolls. Love love love them. But I love the look of your baked potatoes even more. Yummmmmm…..

Katherine Natalia @ Green Thickies August 8, 2012, 9:00 pm

I adore Malaysian food, especially spring rolls, yum! That restaurant looks amazing.
Thank you for this roast potato recipe. I’m much more a fan of simple recipes than complex ones as I’m much more likely to actually make them, and even better if I can remember them by the time I get into the kitchen. I adore roast potatoes and make them at least once a week. You just can’t beat them!

Kim Bee August 8, 2012, 8:56 pm

I seriously want to come out to dinner with you!

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:23 am

Let’s set up a date shall we :D

Choc Chip Uru

Katerina August 8, 2012, 7:49 pm

Well I see big changes here! I like the new look and it is easier to download! The potatoes look perfect!

applec August 8, 2012, 7:08 pm

What a wonderful looking meal. Wish that restaurant was around the corner from us.

As for the roast potatoes, can’t beat them. Simple, nutritious and delish!

Heather August 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

Oh wow that restaurant looks amazing – I love the simplicity and the food looks and sounds so good!

Those potatoes are so crispy – utter perfection!

Inger Wilkerson August 8, 2012, 2:01 pm

Shopping and a nice dinner–what a fun outing with your mother! Mmm on the roast potatoes–a great savory choice!

Catalina @ Cake with Love August 8, 2012, 2:06 am

great place, the food looks outstanding!

Emily @ Life on Food August 8, 2012, 12:03 am

I always get so distracted by open kitchens. I make the worst company because I just stare at the kitchen and don’t talk at all.

My Inner Chick August 7, 2012, 11:24 pm

–I love that you go out for DElish dinners with your family. You must be the best daughter in the ENTIRE world <3
the Vegetarian Homemade Mini Rolls look Out of This World.
Keep well, Dear. Xx

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:22 am

More like my mum is the best in the world my friend :D

Choc Chip Uru

Abby August 7, 2012, 9:05 pm

where do I start!? I love asian your review has left me craving it! :) Max Brenners chocolate store is heaven, I’ve only been to the one in Singapore but we went twice in 1 trip. An I will have to try the groove trick in my next roasted potatoes. Great post friend!

Suzanne Platt (@YouMadeThatblog) August 7, 2012, 8:56 pm

I love Asian food so I know I would have loved to join you at the restaurant! Congrats on being Foodista’s blog of the day :) and those potatoes look absolutely divine!

Hannah (BitterSweet) August 7, 2012, 7:56 pm

That tiny little detail of making grooves in the potato makes a whole world of difference when it comes to texture! Seriously, I never thought a plain potato could be anything special, but these could end up stealing the show at dinner. August 7, 2012, 7:07 pm

The food looks amazing and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful!

Jenn and Seth August 7, 2012, 6:41 pm

sounds like an awesome restaurant! those roasted potatoes look fantastic!

machisan August 7, 2012, 4:49 pm

i would love to be there , i enjoyed all the food you posted especially the spring rolls… my favourite.

Barbara August 7, 2012, 3:45 pm

I love spring rolls, so my mouth was watering at that photo! Sounds like a restaurant I would like too.
(Going to have to try that ice cream flavor your mother tried….sure looks good.)

Kailey August 7, 2012, 3:03 pm

I always know if the Chinese restaurant will be good by the quality of their spring rolls – those babies tell the whole story!!

Kelly @ Inspired Edibles August 7, 2012, 2:00 pm

A whole new look for CCU – very fun! Love the decor and feel of the restaurant. Thanks for sharing!

FiSh August 7, 2012, 1:57 pm

i saw lots of malaya food, that’s like.. the staple food in my country! enjoy it? :)

Latest: Where to Go for Raya?

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:21 am

Enjoy it is definitely an understatement my friend, your cuisine rocks :D

Choc Chip Uru

Zen and Genki August 7, 2012, 1:03 pm

Love the ambiance of the restaurant and your recipe looks delicious -thanks!

Savory Simple August 7, 2012, 11:35 am

Everything looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried Malaysian food.

Kelly @ My love affair with running August 7, 2012, 11:02 am

Yum I love flat rice noodles… always get them when I have a Thai food!

Looked like a delicious meal!


Angie@Angie's Recipes August 7, 2012, 9:44 am

I want that Char Kway Teow! So tasty!

gourmetgetaway August 7, 2012, 9:18 am

Oh, I hope you got my comment, it seems to have disappeared. All the food looks so delicious, I haven’t had sparkling apple juice for ages, my parents used to call it “kids wine”

gourmetgetaway August 7, 2012, 9:16 am

All that glorious food!! It looks so tasty I could happily get stuck into it all. I am impressed with you tatters too, I noticed the roughing up with the fork on the outside to add more crispiness, good job :)

Blackswan August 7, 2012, 9:06 am

U’re such a darling & I’m glad to find more things in common. I’m glad u like Chinese food too. BTW, I’m a huge fan of Baskin Robbins :) We’re big kids, aren’t we??

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:20 am

Big kids forever :D

Choc Chip Uru

atasteofmadess August 7, 2012, 6:54 am

Awww, what a fun time you and your mom must have had ;)
This looks fantastic!! Potatoes are my FAVORITE! They can do anything.

Kambrook (@KambrookAU) August 7, 2012, 2:13 am

Congrats on being recognized on the blog:) How exciting… love the roast potatoes.. I’m making these tonight, along with roast pumpkin:)

Geni - Sweet and Crumby August 7, 2012, 12:13 am

What a nice meal with your mom! The food looks scrumptious!

Juliana August 6, 2012, 11:40 pm

Wow, everything looks awesome, very tasty :)
I too love the potato roasted this way…
Have a great week my dear!

Suzie August 6, 2012, 6:42 pm

That appletiser sounds yummy! Love your restaurant reviews. The potatoes look delish my friend!

Cucina49 August 6, 2012, 6:01 pm

Ooh, I want some of those mini spring rolls. That restaurant has such a great decor!

annesturetucker August 6, 2012, 5:29 pm

Yum!!!! Looks fantastic!! We just went to a Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver and it was SO good!!
Your potatoes look delicious :-)
Big congratulations on being featured on Foodista – so well deserved, my friend!!

Colette @ JFF August 6, 2012, 4:59 pm

Ok, the fork marks on the roasted taters are a very cool touch. I’ll give that a try. Thanks for the tip!

elena-sweetlife August 6, 2012, 3:48 pm

What a lovely place! never tried malaysian food but those noodles look delicious. Congrats on being featured in foodista!

juanitascocina August 6, 2012, 2:26 pm

I’ll take all of it. Some potatoes, those noodles, AND the ice cream!!! :D

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 6, 2012, 1:56 pm

A good roasted potato should always be on the to-try list! I wonder how many lollies you took home…just one? mmmm…

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:17 am

I swear only one my friend ;)

Choc Chip Uru

kathleen1richardson August 6, 2012, 1:45 pm

I always look through the photos before reading, CCU, and love the look of the potatoes! Any juice with sparkling water is a favorite around my house. All the foods at the restaurant look and sound delicious (I can almost smell them, too!), but I’m particularly drawn to the salad (like your mother!), the Char Kway Teow and the Tofu w/veggies. Another great job of getting my attention, CCU.

Keep writing…

Treat and Trick August 6, 2012, 1:18 pm

What a fabulous place to dine! That’s Mini rolls are my favorite also your roasted potatoes are equally tasty!

Joanne August 6, 2012, 12:21 pm

I’ve actually never had Malaysian food! Sadness. You’re making me think I need to seek it out immediately.

Maureen August 6, 2012, 9:02 am

Love this restaurant and wish it wasn’t a gazillion miles away. Of course, now I want to go over to Baskin Robins and get a chocolate peanut butter cone. It’s your fault.

Your potatoes look perfectly cooked and I’d like some of those after the ice cream.

Starr August 6, 2012, 7:00 am

mmm, that Vegetarian Char Kway Teow looks fantastic… I always walk away from your restaurant reviews feeling so hungry :-)

Kristy August 6, 2012, 3:55 am

I hope that Miss A and I have as much fun as you and your mom as she gets older. :) This restaurant looks like it has great atmosphere too. And I would have had the very berry strawberry too – it’s my favorite! And has me drooling now. :)

Tandy August 6, 2012, 3:51 am

I love your reviews! The appletizer farm is very close to where I live. They also make a grape and pear version as we farm all three right here :)

The Squishy Monster August 6, 2012, 3:48 am

Those potatoes look smashing (cheeese) and I loved following you on your journey. I myself really enjoy Malaysian cuisine. Try the Curry Laksa sometime, it’s delish =D

Marina@Picnic at Marina August 6, 2012, 3:43 am

Congratulations, well deserved Uru! Love your potatoes,
After asking for forks and knives at the Asian restaurants for about a decade, I finally learned how to use chopsticks and need to tell you, I love it. I just ask myself why I refuse to try it for such a long time? :)

Asmita (@FoodieAsmita) August 6, 2012, 3:22 am

The potatoes look so delicious! I love potatoes, in any shape or form.
The food shots at the restaurant look amazing! I am so hungry now. Wish I could dig into those noodles and have that delicious, creamy ice cream.

Mich - Piece of Cake August 6, 2012, 2:56 am

Your roast potatoes look absolutely gorgeous, CCU! Thanks for sharing the steps on how to achieve that beautiful golden brown colour. The food in that restaurant is very tempting, 2 hours to lunch and my stomach is rumbling reading your post LOL

And a big congratulations on being featured on Foodista! Well done!

thekalechronicles August 6, 2012, 1:54 am

You are making me hungry, CCU with all of those gorgeous photos of noodles and vegetables and spring rolls and ice cream. It is almost dinner time here and we will be having turkey-vegetable soup, peach and plum crisp and garlic bread.

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:16 am

Now you are making me hungry :P

Choc Chip Uru

Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) August 6, 2012, 1:27 am

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve visited but I just have to first say that I love the blog redesign! Looks great! And that restaurant you went to – you have to take me next time! I seriously want everything, especially those flaky egg rolls. And those roasted potatoes look so easy yet so flavorful. Well done!

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:15 am

Its wonderful to have you visit again my friend :D
Thank you!

Choc Chip Uru

kitchenriffs August 6, 2012, 1:15 am

That lucky cat is awesome. Sounds like a nice place. And your roast potatoes are great – one of my favorite ways to prepare them. Good tip with the fork thing – that’s new to me, but it makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

Jennifer Eloff August 6, 2012, 12:23 am

Sounds like you have special times with your mother. You are very blessed!

The restaurant sounds super and 100% smiley – doesn’t get better than that. :)

By the way – your comments are coming through on my old commenting system and I have to add them manually.

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:14 am

That is a shame it is still happening :(
Is there anything I can do which you suggest may make it easier for you?:

Choc Chip Uru

Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog) August 5, 2012, 11:06 pm

you took beautiful pictures of the place and the food!

Norma Chang August 5, 2012, 10:51 pm

What a delightful and memorable way to spend time with your Mom.
Great idea with scoring the potatoes, bet that’s what added to the crispiness.

yummychunklet August 5, 2012, 8:10 pm

Great covert operation, and congrats on Foodista!!

All That I'm Eating August 5, 2012, 8:00 pm

Sounds like an interesting restaurant to try. Congratulations on being blog of the day! Your potatoes look fab too.

Tessa August 5, 2012, 3:30 pm

Congrats on being the food blog of the day at Foodista! Great job!

Promenade Claire August 5, 2012, 3:00 pm

It sounds like a great place to eat! I love the sound of your mum’s meal and yes please to Bok Choy. with chillies – perfection my firend. And now I WANT those roast potatoes !!

Food Stories August 5, 2012, 2:45 pm

Can’t believe you referred to your mum as senior … I’m laughing so hard and surprised that your still alive to tell the tale … Happy Sunday :-)

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:13 am

Believe me, I only just escaped the rolling pin to the head :P

Choc Chip Uru

kalamitykelli August 5, 2012, 2:11 pm

I love the potato recipe. I have some red potatoes here and i will make them with the ribs I’m making today. So delectable! Your review of the restaurant, has now made me hungry for Asian food – Must talk my daughter into going for lunch today! :) Great excuse to see Rocket too!

Parsley Sage August 5, 2012, 2:06 pm

Hey! First time I’m seeing the new spread on your site :) Looking good! Great restaurant review. You know, there are ZERO good Asian restaurants in Cayman (not counting sushi) so I was totally drooling.

sprint2thetable August 5, 2012, 2:03 pm

that food looks fantastic! I love any sort of ethnic food. I’ve been on an Ethopian kick, but this is making me crave something Asian!

Kim @ Treats & Trinkets August 5, 2012, 1:10 pm

Yum!! I’m a huge fan of potatoes, and those look so yummy and crispy, with no frying involved. (Frying frightens me, ha!) This recipe is definitely getting saved!

An Unrefined Vegan August 5, 2012, 1:10 pm

The restaurant photos are killer, CCU! Makes me want to run out and eat Asian food (it’s breakfast time, however…). Congrats on the Foodista spotlight, my dear – well-deserved. Finally – I’m curious about the grooves on the potatoes! Have never seen that before. Must try.

Louise August 5, 2012, 1:06 pm

I know this is going to sound rather odd, Uru but I think I remember my online friend, Selby doing a review on this restaurant last year. So funny because as you know, I’m no where near such a restaurant as this but I surely wish I was. Everything sounds so delicious although I don’t really care for sparkling apple cider, the rest you can fly over to me anytime you like, lol…

Thank you so much for sharing your day with your mother with us. I’m sure it was quite special. And yes, roasted potatoes are the best!!!

Which reminds me, I haven’t been over to see Selby in a while. I think I’ll head over there right now. She often does restaurant reviews:) Just in case you want to stop by her blog, here’s the link.

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:12 am

Haha thanks for the link my friend :D
Who knows, maybe Selby and I are bloggers of the area ;)

Choc Chip Uru

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook August 5, 2012, 12:32 pm

The restaurant look fantastic, what a delicious place for a very nice mother-daughter time :) The potatoes look amazing, perfect crispy crust to them.

apuginthekitchen August 5, 2012, 12:25 pm

Great review of the restaurant, wish I lived close so I could try, the food looks great. I am intrigued by the candies you recieved, Durian??? wow, the incredibly stinky fruit that even Andrew Zimmern can’t stomach, I am sure they are delicious and would love to give them a try never could get the courage to try a fresh durian. The potatoes also look delicious! As always and entertaining and informative post! CCU rocks!

navane64 August 5, 2012, 12:24 pm

You mean the type of food from where I am, Malaysia??? oh yes, everything looks so splendid and the fried kuey teow. Sorry I don’t mean to brag, the original Malaysia food is truly tasty and you must come to my country to find out for yourself.

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:11 am

You have every right to brag my friend, it was fantastic :D

Choc Chip Uru

Hannah (BitterSweet) August 5, 2012, 12:22 pm

I can’t think of a single Malaysian restaurant within 50 miles of my house, so I must admit I have absolutely no understanding of the cuisine. However, this post makes me wish I could change all that, because those dishes look wonderful! Those thick, chewy noodles are making me especially hungry.

cookingactress August 5, 2012, 11:47 am

Ooooooh those potatoes look delicious!
Also-I totally forgot there’s a Max Brenner’s in Australia-we have one in NY and it’s one of my faaaaaaaavorites! MMMM it’s amazinggg :D

hotlyspiced August 5, 2012, 11:35 am

Great and fun review Uru. I love the look of all this food. Just gorgeous. When next I’m in Castle Hill! And more restaurants should have complimentary bowls of lollies xx

Live Learn Eat (@LiveLearnEat) August 5, 2012, 11:30 am

Great review! I am, of course, entirely distracted by the Baskin Robbins photos (especially of your mom’s ice cream, that looks so yummy) and by the thought of 2 hours of dress shopping. What a great day!

Ramona August 5, 2012, 11:21 am

I love this restaurant you went to with your Mum! It’s my kind of favorite food… hot spicy and Asian. :) I was drooling over the spring rolls and your noodles especially. Wonderful roasted potatoes… I could just eat potatoes like that… no need for a main course. :) Have a great week my friend. ~ Ramona

Ames August 5, 2012, 10:44 am

No worries, love :). Glad you enjoyed it! And I’m glad you got a chance to review an Asian restaurant and yay for family dinners :D. Congrats on the feature on Foodista and lovely little potato recipe ^^. xo

Saguna August 5, 2012, 10:05 am

Those potatoes sure do look yummy, I can’t resist herb-y roasted taters :) Congratulations on being featured in Foodista, that’s awesome!

thecompletecookbook August 5, 2012, 9:48 am

How lovely to enjoy a girly evening out with your mom. I have always known appletiser growing up and we also get grapetiser (red and white) and peartiser – all delicious.
I have a lucky cat who sits on the corner of my desk. A gift from my husbands PA from when we were in Mauritius. I have taken the batteries out though as the little arm makes a loud ticking sound like a clock which can be a little distracting sometimes. I should place him elsewhere where he can wave uninterrupted.
Nothing beats a good crispy roast spud!
:-) Mandy

viveka August 5, 2012, 7:20 am

Your roast potatoes – look stunning – great job … *smile – can recall that I have eaten Malaysian food since I was there in 1978. Your photos are very good … very inviting.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 5, 2012, 6:23 am

Wow.. so much in this post! First.. if I lived near you I would be at that restaurant this weekend! Second, it is midnight (almost) and now I wish I was near any restaurant that served this!! Finally, I was overcome with relief when you posted something sweet.. thankfully you always come through. I love the potatoes and I’m glad you’re eating your veggies.. but, *sigh* Baskin Robbins is where my heart lies.. xx Smidge

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:09 am

Baskin robbins is for you and me both my friend :D
Undoubtedly the best!

Choc Chip Uru

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 5, 2012, 6:19 am

This place looks great! I really like an open kitchen so that we can see what’s going on :)

writelane August 5, 2012, 6:01 am

Congrats on being featured on Foodista! I love potatoes, I could live on them! By the way, those noodles look yummy!
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A_Boleyn August 5, 2012, 4:17 am

I’m not a big fan of spring rolls but even this meat lover thought both the veggies dishes looked very tasty. I especially loved the noodle dish. It reminds me that it’s time to make pad thai soon. Chicken and shrimp is my favourite.

Roasted potatoes are wonderful fresh out of the oven, crisp and crunchy on the outside and floury on the inside.

You should really try to learn how to use chopsticks. It’s fun and easy with a little practice.

Choc Chip Uru August 9, 2012, 7:09 am

I actually used to but totally forgot after a holiday in Singapore :P
I intent to relearn :)

Choc Chip Uru

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