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Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review, PappaRich Malaysian Delights, Causeway Bay – authentic flavours and air-freighted desserts

Popular chain opens in Hong Kong serving up a colourful, true menu using spices, sauces and condiments imported from Malaysia

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 12:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2016, 2:39pm

A wave of Southeast Asian cuisine has hit Hong Kong recently, with new Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian restaurants opening one after another. Malaysian restaurant chain PappaRich Malaysian Delights has recently expanded to Hong Kong, setting up shop in Causeway Bay. The chain got its start in 2006, and now has more than 100 outlets across the globe, with the Hong Kong one being number 115.

With spices, sauces and condiments imported from Malaysia, the food has authentic Malaysian flavours. A must-try is the prawn mee (HK$88). The red-orange soup is deeply prawn-y: it is made from boiling the shells for hours. The dish comes with calamansi, sambal tumis and soy sauce, giving multiple flavours to the prawn noodles.

Also containing a rich, deep broth is the seafood curry laksa (HK$98) which has big prawns, clams and other seafood.

The curry fish head (HK$168) is bony with not much flesh, but the curry sauce is so good that we order a dish of naan (HK$18) to mop up every drop.

For the nasi rich with curry chicken and beef rendang and sambal prawns (HK$118), like the curry fish, the chicken curry is superb and the beef is tender.

We also ordered kangkung belacan (HK$68). The homey Malaysian dish tastes good, but the portion is too small.

Cheesecakes, which are served with ice cream, are air-freighted from Malaysia, and come in flavours of Musang King (a species of durian, HK$78), Milo dinosaur (HK$68) and tea tarik (HK$68). We like the durian one because it’s pungent with the fruit and is soft and creamy – a delight to eat.

PappaRich Malaysian Delights restaurant, 4/F The L. Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2414 7188.

Open 11.30am-10.30pm