Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive tasting at the relatively new PappaRich in Joondalup. Leading up to the event, I visited this location three times on my own accord for lunch during my working week, as my day-job is currently based in Joondalup. I’ve tried the Canberra and Northbridge PappaRich stores previously and have to say, I find the Joondalup outlet to be the best I’ve visited – the staff are friendly and the food is really, really good.
At the exclusive tasting, we were invited to order any items from the current menu to try. I decided to branch out of my usual choice (nasi lemak with chicken curry or fried chicken) and try some new dishes. Regardless of this aim, I couldn’t help but order a piece of roti canai. At PappaRich in Joondalup, these roti’s are perfectly flaky, buttery and light – exactly like I had them in Malaysia!
I’ve been eyeing the Hainan toasted bread with butter and kaya ($5.50) on the menu for a while now but never ordered it. This was my perfect opportunity to finally try this dish, which is popular in Singapore and Malaysia. The toasted Hainan bread was really light, but the standout was the kaya, a delicious coconut jam that features pandan (and provides the green colour!).
I love satay sticks but weirdly, I never make them at home or order them when I am out. The mixed satay skewers ($15.50) at PappaRich are marinated in fresh lemongrass and turmeric and are served with PappaRich’s house made satay sauce, cucumbers and onion. I really liked these satay sticks, which were slightly charred and not drowned in the satay sauce. I would definitely order this dish again and add a serving of rice or roti on the side.
I also ordered the Tropical Lime ($7.90), featuring ice-blended lychee and lime with vanilla ice cream. This was an excellent combination of refreshing and sweet to contrast the savoury flavours of my meal.
Fellow blogger, Perth Kidz, was across the table from me with her two eldest children. One of them ordered the Pappa fried chicken wings ($8.90), and was munching these down to the bone. She seemed very happy with her order.
One of the girls also gave a big thumbs up to her milodinosaur ($4.90), which looked like it could’ve had half a tin of milo in it (which is exactly how I like my milo drinks!)
Caprice, the blogger behind Perth Kidz, ordered the dry stirfry egg noodles with curry chicken ($14.50). The egg noodles were doused in rich curry gravy and served with curry chicken, chop sum and red chilli. Caprice said she enjoyed her dish.
On the other end of the table, sat Teresa from ChiGarden and her friend, Carita. They ordered a serve of the Pappa deep-fried chicken wings ($6.90), which Caprice compared to a chicken version of pork crackling.
They also shared one of my favourites, roti canai ($7.90), served with sambal and dahl.
Their final dish was nasi lemak with beef rendang ($15.50), another favourite Malaysian dish. Neither Teresa or Carita had eaten at PappaRich before, but both said that they were impressed with the food at PappaRich.
Foodie Cravings’ brother ordered the Chilli Pan Mee ($14.90), featuring flour noodles served with minced chicken, fried anchovies, pan mee chilli, mushrooms, fried shallots, spinach and topped with half boiled egg. It sounds like an interesting flavour combination – maybe something for me to try the next time I’m at PappaRich!
PappaRich Joondalup is located in Lakeside shopping centre, with entry from either the shopping centre or via Boas Avenue. I’ve written a few posts on PappaRich previously, with one great review and the other as mediocre. I honestly think the premise of PappaRich is good, but the experience depends on the franchise owner. I really believe that the Joondalup outlet is the best I’ve tried, and I highly recommend a venture to PappaRich in Joondalup for great Malaysian cuisine.
*Many thanks to Wasamedia Pty Ltd and PappaRich Joondalup for the invitation.