shit……………..so much MSG!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I’ve just drunk two bottles of water. How ridiculous, it’s now dinner time and I still feel like sculling water. This place was a serious let down, the food was average, actually good taste wise, I would have put it on the average not suck list but the monosodium glutamate! There’s no way I could possibly go back there now, and I wouldn’t recommend it. I really don’t understand the need to put so much additive in….in case you can’t tell from my rant I really hate the use of MSG it always makes me extremely thirsty/headachy, it’s a cruel little additive its supposed to add an ‘umami’ taste -but most places seem to just dump it in so people keep eating. The worst part of using MSG is you don’t know until after you’ve eaten that its in there, so I couldn’t run screaming away until after I’d left, and that just defeats the whole purpose!
Anyway, I’m sick of reading about carpal tunnel so instead I’ve decided to write this up instead. Btw just had the most hilarious lecture, I managed to see an entire lecture room tune out at the same time! At least being there means I don’t have to watch the lecture online, because there is no way I could do that without switching to youtube or this blog!
Anyway back to the food! So we all ordered and shared quite a few things and the first thing that I have to say is the Laksa- What a let down! I felt like crying after I ate it, I had such high hopes after reading about it on other blogs that I had been craving it all week. It was lacking in flavour, especially in coconut milk, it was even a tad bit too spicy for my liking – but i think that was more to do with the glogy clump of samba at the top which I accidentally managed to eat in one shot! It was like being in a sauna for a while after that! Even so the broth felt watered down, and I think they compromised too much and used MSG instead of salt for a lot of it because I could have actually used a little bit more. The good part was topping wise it wasn’t lacking anything, with juicy prawns, fish cakes, fried shallots etc. all the delicious things you associate with a laksa. All in all I still prefer Ten Ten Kitchen’s laksa.
The Penang fried kway teoh was ok but not the best I’ve ever had, the best in Perth is still Newton’s Circle in the city. The Chee Cheong Fun was a little weird, firstly it used clumpy rice noodles, which obviously hadn’t been properly defrosted as there was clumps of noodles just stuck together in a rubbery embrace, and the cause was really really sweet. You honestly couldn’t eat much of it before it started tasting kind of gross…it was like having spaghetti coated in ketchup. The Chai tow kueh was ok but lacked decent seasoning, so far the best I’ve found is Satay mu Kardinya, so all in all another disappointing meal
For future reference for any MSG haters out there don’t go to this restaurant. Its average and not something that I would want to really go to again.