Monday, February 16, 2009

Pappa Rich's Kopitiam @ USJ Taipan & Sunway Pyramid

We ventured into Pappa Rich's Kopitiam (coffee shop) for dinner during the long Chinese New Year holidays as it's a hassle to cook when we've been visiting friends all day. It's apparent that we're not the only ones who feel this way, as the kopitiam was packed to the brim.
Our orders were quickly taken by the efficient staff and before long, our drinks were served. We liked the Milo Dinosaur which is iced Milo topped with a large scoop of Milo. The chocolatey drink was a delight to drink, especially with the powdered chocolate on top.
I couldn't resist the Cendol (I know it's supposed to be dessert but with the anticipated long wait for our food I might as well eat my dessert first!). The strips of green cendol were smooth and fragrant with pandan. The finely shaved ice drizzled with fresh coconut milk and thick gula melaka is refreshing after a long hot day of visiting friends. This one's a winner because of the fresh coconut milk used.After a waiting for 30 minutes, our meals finally arrived. I had the Nasi Lemak with rendang chicken. The fluffy steamed rice scented with pandanus leaves and coconut milk was very appetising with the rendang chicken. I really liked the rendang gravy that I thought was a great accompaniment to the rice. It's absolutely delicious! Definitely something that I'll order again.Char Kuey Teow (fried rice noodles) arrived next. Although Pappa Rich's version is not bad, it is nowhere near the versions served at the stalls. Something seems to be missing from the Char Kuey Teow, possibly the crispy fried lard. The char kuey teow comes with cockles, beansprouts and large prawns and is served on a plate lined with banana leaf. The banana leaf does impart a nice fragrance to the noodles.The Hainanese Chicken Rice came with separate plates of steamed chicken and blanched beansprouts. The rice was fragrant and went well with the steamed chicken. The steamed chicken was very smooth.
Curry Laksa (curry noodles) was the next dish to arrive. I liked Pappa Rich's version of curry laksa. The laksa gravy was thick and spicy and good enough to slurp down! The laksa came topped with generous slices of chicken, beansprouts, soya bean sheets and tofu puffs. The serving is quite large.For something less spicy, we ordered the Ipoh Kuey Teow Soup which was thin rice noodles in prawn stock. The prawn stock is very flavourful, albeit a little murky. It came topped with slices of chicken, prawns and chives.The last dish we ordered is a kopitiam favourite, the Nissin noodle with sausage and egg. Again, Pappa Rich's version is a winner. The chewy noodles came topped with a generous serving of sausages and fried egg and was indeed very tasty. I imagine this will be a kiddie's favourite.
Although I am not a fan of the usual franchised-kopitiams, I'll have to say I really do like Pappa Rich. The food served is good and tasty and costs about the same with the other kopitiams.
Pappa Rich has a few outlets, one of which is located at No. 1 USJ10/1D, Taipan USJ, Subang Jaya. The other outlets can be found at their website

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