Authentic Asian street food is something everyone should sample at least once in their lives. The flavours, the colours, the crazy combinations of ingredients that seem to contradict one another but end up rivaling the great pairings of the culinary world – bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, peas and carrots – you get the drift.
Luckily for us, Malaysian restaurant sensation PappaRich made their debut on the Gold Coast recently and all the Asian street food your hungry self desires can now be yours.
Located in Chevron Renaissance the venue offers a simple, cosy vibe where diners can watch their meals being prepared with the utmost skill and precision while mouthwatering scents waft around the room.
The menu captures Malaysia’s diverse cultural background with dishes representing Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines with both share plates and large meals on offer.
The Fish Head Noodle Soup is a must-taste made with yes, fried fish heads (delicious, promise), a broth simmered for 24 hours, tofu, vermicelli noodles, preserved mustard and choy sum.
Next up go for the Dry Curry Egg Noodles with Curry Chicken which is basically egg noodles doused in a rich curry gravy and served with curry chicken, choy sum and red chilli.
For dessert the ABC (Ice Kacang) is incredible. It’s a tower of shaved ice topped with grass jelly, corn, red bean, peanuts and sultana and drizzled with Gula Melaka, red sugar syrup and milk. It both looks and tastes like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
Even the drinks are fun! The Ribena Melon is blended Ribena juice topped with watermelon balls, coconut jelly and lychee. How good are cold drinks.
Owner Nick is a first timer in venue ownership world so pop in, shovel the tastiest of food into your face and tell him what a good job he’s doing before rolling out the door.
LOCATION: 33/34 Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: Sunday to Wednesday, 11am to 9pm, and Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 9.30pm.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith