Ho Jiak, Strathfield

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Located inside Strathfield plaza, next to Oliver Brown is Malaysia. I’m kidding. Although what you will find is quite a closely replicated snippet of Malaysian street-food culture. With concrete-styled tiling and metal sheet pieces coupled with wood mantles that construct something that resembles a food trolley to house the kitchen, the restaurant perfectly brings together elements which immerse diners in a truly Malaysian, street styled setting.

Malaysian Fried Rice placed inside Omelette

Malaysian Fried rice placed in Omelette

A fairly basic dish amongst the Asian community, yet made even better with creative style in preparation. Smoked fried rice with prawns and a sweet and chilli sauce is perfectly brought together by an omelette-housing to bring not only a unique dining experience, but also a delicious one.

Spicy flat rice noodles with pork lard, seafood, bean sprouts and Chinese sausages

Spicy flat rice noodles with pork lard, seafood, bean sprouts and Chinese sausages

Again, reminiscent of it’s Thai counterpart (Pad See Ew), with it’s smoked rice noodles, packs a punch in terms of flavour. Although, unlike Pad See Ew, the dish is accompanied with Chinese sausages, which in my opinion, is a great addition to an already lovely dish.

Roast chicken with Dry egg noodle

Roast Chicken with Dry Egg noodle

Dry egg noodles are a quite simply an ingredient that you cannot go wrong with. The same can be said here as they pair it with a roast chicken (that had it’s skin very well made – Crispy as they should be) and fried garlic. I noticed that the sauce’s flavour is not so overbearing to totally outshine the roast chicken. In my opinion, I think it’s a very smart move to use sweet soy sauce, in place of regular Lee Kum Kee or any other traditional soy sauce as it allows flexibility to diners. A very simple dish made sophisticated with the details that have been put into it.

Satay Chicken

Satay Chicken

My last dish, yet not in the slightest least was this Satay Chicken. Okay, I know you’re thinking, how special can satay chicken skewers be? But bare with me when I say that this sauce is to die for. Unlike the usual satay sauce that becomes very overbearing and uncomfortable for the nose, this one is at a perfect ration of being satay/not-so-satay, not to mention smooth and consistent. Odd enough, it was my favourite amongst the selection.

All in all, a great restaurant that brings great food to the table. Ho Jiak, despite being a very small restaurant with alleyway proportions, delivers to its diners a very authentic ambience for them to immerse themselves in, alongside a wide selection of authentic Malaysian dishes that truly pack a punch.

Ho Jiak

33/11 The Boulevard,
Strathfield, NSW 2135

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Contributed by David, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys

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