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 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
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
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.
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.
33/11 The Boulevard,
Strathfield, NSW 2135
Contributed by David, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys