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Sambal, Macqaurie Park

If your friends are all the same age, you go through spurt of phases together. Birthdays, graduations, engagements and weddings. I’ve gone through all of those with all of my friends and now at the stage where they are all having babies. Not one, but some have just recently given birth to their second child – YIKES! I know its no competition, we are all at different stages in our lives – mine is still rediscovering me and spending time with me (sadly, its all just about me!)

I was catching up with some friends for dinner. There were four couples that evening, and believe it or not, they ALL had kids except for ‘The Mother’ and I. S suggested we have dinner at her place, as there were a couple of babies around and she can get takeaway from Sambal.

Now I haven’t been to Sambal, I have heard mix reviews about the restaurant, but was extremely keen to try. We left the ordering to the expert, S and she did not disappoint!

We started with the loh bak (2 rolls for $8.80) – lean shredded pork seasoned with 5 spice powder and leek wrapped into a roll with bean curd sheets and deep fried. Generous pork wrapped in a thin bean curd sheets. It wasn’t fatty or oily at all, it was quite delicious.

Hainan Chicken Rice ($17.80) – boneless chicken steamed to perfection served with rice cooked in aromatic chicken stock. Tender and succulent chicken, the chicken stock was deliciously aromatic and flavoursome and the chicken rice which came with it was outstanding.

Beef rendang ($18.80) – bite size pieces of beef cooked in curry spices till dry and topped with fried shredded coconut. The beef rendang was very different to Mum’s. It wasn’t as tender as I had hoped and the curry I thought was overpowering.

I love Mamak Rojak (Nonya salad – $17.80) – freshly shredded cucumber and bangkwang tossed with fried bean curd, prawn fritters and eggs covered with thick spicy sauce. This was probably my favourite dish. I love the freshness of the cucumber, the crunchiness from the prawn fitters and the peanut sauce which was thick had a nice spicy kick. It was light and not sickly. I have to say, that this is infinitely better than the one at Mamak’s.

The Sar Hor Fun ($15.80) – combination of meat, seafood and vegetables served on a base of flat rice noodles with gravy was possibly ‘The Mother’s’ favourite. I loved the wok aroma and flavour – I can never get my sar hor fun as aromatic. The ‘gravy’ was thick and creamy and you can never go wrong with the combination of meat and seafood.

Inchee Kabin ($16.80) – deep fried chicken marinated in Nonya spices served with our chef’s special dipping sauce. The deep fried chicken was lightly battered, however, some were over cooked, a little dry but some were moist and tender. I enjoyed the dipping sauce which I reminded me a little of Worcestershire sauce.

The baby bok choy stir fried with garlic ($13.80) was good but nothing special and at $13.80 it’s a little steep!

Unfortunately I didn’t get the ‘proper’ feel of the restaurant, but I thought the food was reasonably good. The flavours were excellent and I loved the mamak rojak. Price wise, I thought it was a little pricey for what it is, but the servings were reasonable and we even had leftovers!

I didn’t have any of the ice chendol ($5) – a shaved ice dessert mixed with pandan flavoured green jelly-like strips, coconut milk and gula melaka syrup but ‘The Mother’ definitely had a couple of bowls! One of his favourite dessert – the sweeter the better he claims!

It was so wonderful to catch up with friends, even so to finally meet their children.


285 Lane Cove Rd Shop 7

Macquarie Park 2113

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  1. Ta3
    April 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Interesting blog. I think the restarant to recipe ratio is getting a bit high tho. lol

    • April 12, 2011 at 2:51 am

      thanks for dropping by! I know – i have been extremely bad with my recipe blogs.. will post soon!

  2. April 12, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I really want to try this place – I’ve an obsession with Malaysian food at the moment. And totally jealous that your mum makes Beef Rendang…I think your mum shoudl become my “dinner mum”!

    • April 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

      she would love to cook for you! next time i get some rendang leftovers, will give you some 🙂

  3. April 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    mmm the lohbak looks delish!

  4. April 13, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Mmm the chicken rice looks perfectly comforting!

  5. June 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Woo thanks for posting this place I love malaysian / singapore food. Dun worry abt the diff stage in life. I’m sill single and married I’m more worry than u

    • June 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

      hey obesebaby 🙂 thanks for dropping by! ya i am definitely keen to go back and eat at the restaurant! you should definitely check it out if you are in the neighbourhood!

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