To be honest, I’ve only discovered Malaysian food in the last year or so. I’ve had laksa a few times prior not ever knowing where it came from, I suppose I never really thought about it. Organising lunch dates with friends led me to more and more Malaysian places so eventually, I finally realised what everyone was talking about on twitter and instagram, namely CKT haha (and I’m not even kidding).
The Boy and I venture out to Beamish Street at Campsie knowing that there is a huge variety of restaurants to pick from. We decide on Albee’s Kitchen for serveral reasons. 1. We’ve not eaten here before. 2. The smell from the kitchen is just amazing. 3. We haven’t had much Malaysian food.
The restaurant is rather small and jam packed with tables and people. Walking into Albee’s Kitchen almost feels as if you’re walking into a Hawker Centre full of food stalls and tables and chairs, obviously minus the food stalls.
I love how the walls are covered in pictures of the menu items. It sure helps newbies like me choose what to order.
Nasi Goreng (Malay Style Fried rice) $10.50
With Nasi Goreng being our absolute favourite dish at Temasek, seeing it on the item here made us very excited. A Malaysian fried rice is cooked with shrimp paste, chilli, onion, egg, seafood and chicken. Sadly it did not remind us of anything similar to the one at Temasek. This dish was quite strong with the shrimp taste flavour and was rather dry.
Traditional Rendang Beef $16.80
The Boy orders been rendang as his meat dish. Chunky pieces of beef are slowly cooked in coconut and asian aromoatics which is what makes it so tender. It didn’t give us the same feeling as the one we had at Chinta Ria Mood For Love but was still enjoyable. The dish only nuke warm when it was served so by the time we got to the end of it, it was cold.
Char Kuey Teow $10.50
Everyone seems to love a good CKT. There seems to be a lot debate as to where the best CKT is served in Sydney. I don’t know any better and think this is a pile of good, comforting food. Flat rice noodles stir fried with shrimp, clam meat, chinese sausage, eggs, bean sprouts and chives in a mix of soya sauce.
The serving sizes here at Albee’s Kitchen are very generous, quite large I think. And it sure resembles the food I would totally order at a Hawker Centre (apart from their ridiculously dirty cheap prices, no one can beat that). The Boy and I really struggled trying to finish off our food. Overall we had a decent feed at a good price. I don’t think we ordered the right dishes but that won’t stop us from giving it another go. Feel free to recommend any dishes that we should order for next time =)
282 Beamish St
Campsie NSW 2194
Tel: +61 9718 8302