Friday, July 16, 2010

Char Siew Chai Wantan Mee @ Paramount Garden

To those who knows me well enough, follow me on Twitter or read in between the lines of my posts, most should know by now, that i will be leading a new life in Melbourne soon, in fact i am set to fly off on July 30.

Over the course of this week, with just over two weeks left in Malaysia, I am finally begin to realise how big of a step this is and it is not just so much about the food.

Or who am i kidding; there's so much about the food that i will have to sacrifice for a life down under. (Am i really one of those shallow ones constantly tempted back to Malaysia with food and not safety, career and money?)

However if there is one thing that Australia doesn't seem to get right, it is their pork for some reason. 

Especially the BBQ roasts that is dominated with Hong Kong recipes which somewhat differ from the Malaysian ones.

Char siew or BBQ pork to some, is done with a red hue and has a pretty bad after taste (at least the ones i had in Adelaide, some years ago). It is not charred enough and doesn't have that caramelized coating that we all adore in our local char siew.

Well just the thing to keep me happy while i am still around.

The Char Siew from Char Siew Chai Wantan Mee. Here, they serve a pretty decent version and they chop it up like how Hong Kong does it, slightly thicker chunks. 
While the Char Siew deserved the first mention, their wantan mee is next up.

The noodles are thrown up and down by the person who prepares this dish, either for reason of draining excess water or simply just to catch some of the smog and dirt so that it can tastes better.

 Now the similarity with the Hong Kong version ends here. While this is cooked al-dente, it does not give you the same crunchiness from the rather curlier version that you get in Hong Kong. The version here looks like it has been given a straightening treatment.

You can do yourself a favour and ignore the dumplings, not really worth ordering.

Prices are slightly more expensive since it is slightly more comfortable than a hawker stall with a plate of noodles starting from RM5++. My best advice is to order plain noodles and a plate of char siew to share. 

Address and contact details:

No.5, Jalan 20/13, Paramount Garden, 46300 Petaling Jaya.
H/P: 0126281348 (Raymond)

Non halal, if you haven't noticed by now

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. We wanted a simple lunch and we got a simple one. Average tasting noodles despite the acrobatics but the char siew was pretty darn good, if i could say so.


J said...

Well, a fresh start in a new country means a start of a whole new adventure (food, and otherwise)....

Who knows? Maybe in a year you and the Mrs will come back on holiday, raving about how great the food is in Australia?

jason said...

Agree with J. You just need to accustom yourself with the environment and food there.

The "mee throwing" pic got me thinking that the mee stucked on the wall!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: haha no la it was mid air. err i was trying to b sarcastic with the "missing home cooked food".

j: actually i cant wait!

thule a.k.a leo said...

I only like the noodles there.. for char siew, still go to 747 or FSF to satisfy my cravings

Sean said...

am sorry that u're leaving (never really got to know u in the end, and now it's too late), but looking forward to your entries on melbourne's cafes :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: well if we ever meet in the nxt 2 weeks, if not too bad, yes i cant wait for melbourne food!

leo: hmm i actually havent gone to 747 or FSF!

babe_kl said...

i like this type of wantan noodles, some hv terrible alkaline taste.

well diff environment, new place, new tastes... can't wait for you to let us on the glorious food in Melbourne.

it has been a pleasure knowing you. have a great life ahead!

ken said...

wow.. looking nice!
i miss the wantan mee in nilai =)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ken: ohh wat nilai wantan mee?

babekl: haha i actually like alkaline noodles..

eiling lim said...

ooh i love char siew. i'll see if i coul find this place.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: its easy to find! at paramount, same row as loong fong roast duck!