Thursday, November 26, 2009

Makan @ Alice's in Pennant Hills NSW


So what am I doing eating Malaysian food in Sydney?!! Actually I was still in a daze because I still can't believe that I actually ate "har mee" (prawn noodles) in Sydney! This place, Makan @ Alice's is a Malaysian cuisine (nyoya style) is opened by Emily's aunt in Pennant Hills which is north of Sydney. She wanted to take me here to try her aunt Alice's cooking and of course I wouldn't resist the chance!

Actually there's not many western cuisine to eat in Sydney because their national food seemed to be limited to only grilled/bbq dishes? Many of them here actually patronised the asian food outlets like Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese. Malaysian food is kinda limited and this outlet here is a 40 mins drive from Sydney CBD.


Cashier/Kuih counter....


Interior/dining area...


The whole place feels very cosy and at home. It's like dining back in Malaysia, simple and good.

Makan @ Alice's receives lots of attention in Sydney because Alice makes her own kuih (nyonya delicacies) like kuih lapis, kuih talam and pulut. She's a very hands on lady and together with her husband and family, she had run this small humble outlet for many many years! She was also featured on AFC for her specialty in Nyonya cuisine. There were many published articles about her outlet hanging on the walls as you walked in.


Har Mee - specialty of the day $10.80


Radish (Chai Tow Kuih) $10.80

She has her daily specials here. Sometimes it's Laksa, Char Kway Teow or even Nasi Lemak. Besides all these Malaysian hawker favourites, she does serve beef rendang, soft shell crabs, assam curry and other rice dishes. Prices range from $10.80 to $22.80.

She's also very famous for the desserts as she serves Ice Kacang, Sago puding, Chendol and Pulut Hitam (all at $5.50).


Ice Kacang (made by Emily herself and thus not very professional) haha...


Sago puding with Gula Melaka


Nyonya Kuih


I must say that the quality of food here is very good. This is the closest of home dishes of what you can get abroad. It tastes like the original hawker fare back in Malaysia and I'm very surprised because I thought some of the ingredients used were so difficult to get it in Sydney. At the moment I savour that bowl of Har Mee, I am still in disbelieve that I can get such a good bowl of Har Mee in Sydney. It's much better than some of the Har Mee I've had here in KL! Oh... and the portion is really big too!


Definitely a good reccomendation to come here for your fix of Malaysian food cravings if you're staying in Sydney. haha....

I still can't believe I had a bowl of RM34 Har Mee! (hits myself)


Makan @ Alice's
Shop 3 & 4, 262-264 Pennant Hills Rd,
Cnr & Entry via Bellevue St,
Thornleigh, NSW Australia 2120.
Tel: (02)9484 8288

10 comments:

Sean said...

i think it's cool to try msian cuisine when we're overseas, just to satisfy our curiosity and see how it differs with what we have here. :D

Huai Bin said...

Some of the Asian food in Australia tastes EVEN BETTER than the ones over here. I remember being so in love with this takeaway Chinese place. Best. Food. Ever.

...but then again I was a hungry uni student. :)

I love the Aussie posts, keep them coming Eiling!

UnkaLeong said...

Don't convert ;) Looks better than some of the Hae Mee I've had in town!

Anonymous said...

You're kidding me, right? No "Western food" in Sydney?!? You cannot be serious!!

Har Mee is nowhere near rare in Sydney, either.

eiling lim said...

Sean: yeah it is. Just to see how's the taste over there.

Huai Bin: Yes. I think so too! thanks...

Unkaleong: That's why when I was there, I don't convert at all. Just imagined that I am spending in RM.

Anon: I didn't say "no western foods". I didn't know har mee was popular in sydney...

suituapui said...

Eyew...my brother in Auckland would drag me to all all these Malaysian stuff until I protested. If I had wanted to eat Malaysian, I would have stayed at home. No way! All pseudo-authentic - good enough for those deprived Asians there and to bluff the ang moh! And after conversion *pengsan! But they usually have HUGE portions!

Btw, your friend didn't treat you meh? Eat free? Ummmm....looking at your photo, did you put on weight there?

Anonymous said...

ur tan looks so ugly...

eiling lim said...

STp: but this one is good. not those rip offs.

Anon: like i need anyone to tell me. I already knew that last week. btw, it's sunburnt because I don't need a tan.

CUMI & CIKI said...

damn ex man.. r u sure it was as good as da penang har mee ar? LOL

eiling lim said...

Ciki: maybe not as good as the Penang ones but better than some of the har mee in KL!

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