Jackie M, Concord
I’m always on the hunt for good Malaysian restaurants. Jackie M has been on my radar for a while now, not sure why it has taken us this long to go, considering Concord is not that far from my parents place. The restaurant is not open every day, from Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Reservations is highly recommended as the place does get extremely busy.
Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. We started with Nasi Lemak ($15, add $5 for chicken / lamb / beef / dhal) – fragrant coconut rice accompanied with dried anchovy sambal, peanuts, egg, cucumber and acar (mixed vegetable pickle). I have always enjoyed eating nasi lemak, the different accompaniments, and the mixtures here are very good. It was accompanied with coconut rice which was deliciously fragrant and delicious.
We opt for the beef rending, and oh my, it was GOOD! Even Mum was impressed, and I have to say, it was right up there with Mums! The beef was incredibly tender, and the gravy delicious, complete with kerisik, which is toasted coconut for extra flavouring.
Chicken curry ($17) – mild and delicious Malay curry with chicken fillets and potatoes were excellent. Tender chicken fillets, the curry was thick, spicy and absolutely wonderful.
Eaten with these roti canai they were magnificent. Jackie makes her own roti from scratch and I have to say, they are definitely better than Mamak and the best I have eaten thus far! They were fluffy, buttery, and oh so delicious! These roti can be ordered with a selection of dips but we just ordered two serve on its own as we wanted to dip it in our chicken curry and beef rendang.
I have eaten Jackie’s Char Kway Teow ($14, add $4 chicken, add $6 for prawns, calamari, and fishcake) at noodle markets and knew we had to get a serving. I think it is one of the best CKT in Sydney – I love the strong work aroma, it doesn’t get better than this!
My brother, F, loves Wat Tan Hor ($22) – stir fried fresh rice noodles with a runny egg sauce with prawns, scallops and baby bok choy. Again not for everyone but this was also good. Similar to the CKT, it has a very strong wok aroma, the prawns and scallops were big and juicy and the egg sauce a wonderful complement.
We were getting full by this stage but I couldn’t go past the ais campur durian ($9.50), shaved ice with red beans, corn and glass jelly topped with sweetened milk, rose syrup and durian! Hmhmh DURIAN!!!! Ais campur is one of my favourites, and in Indonesia you usually get a long more ‘stuff’ in it, including, coconut jelly, avocado, jackfruit, and many more.
The durian was fragrantly STRONG – which I love! It was fantastic and I couldn’t stop eating it by the mouthful! Definitely could have done with more durian!
We also got Ais Cendol ($7) – shaved ice drink with mung bean noodles, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. It was deliciously sweet, not my favourite drink but a little bit is ok.
Dinner was superb! No complaints from Mum which was good – she was highly impressed and definitely keen to go back to try Jackie’s other dishes! My favourite would have to be the CKT and the roti. I wanted to try the Rojak that evening, but they ran out. Not quite sure why we didn’t order the popiah either, supposed to be the best in Sydney. Nevertheless, another reason to go back!
Thanks Jackie for a lovely meal, Jackie even came out to say hi which was very nice of her! We’ll definitely be back soon!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
85 Majors Bay Road
Ph: +61 2 9743 0390