Welcome to 2013! I hope everybody had a great (and safe) time ringing in the new year. I think it’s only right of me that my first post of 2013 entails my first proper eat for the year. It’s new years day and with it being a public holiday, we weren’t too sure of what was going to be opened so we resort to Cabramatta, which we know is opened all year round except during Chinese New Year.
Note: please excuse the poor quality of photos as they were taken from my phone.
We opt to go to Albee’s Kitchen on Park Road. We only noticed its location a week or so earlier and the Boy was excited to give it a try considering we had already eaten at the Campsie location.
Teh Tarek Ais $4.50
Believe it or not this was the first time I’ve had this milk tea. Where have I been all this time? I found it so refreshing with the perfect hit of tea on such a warm new years day evening (temps had reached 38 degrees during the day out west). It wasn’t too sweet either which I was thankful for.
Hainanese Chicken Rice $10
I know this is a long shot for me to say this, but this has been one of the best hainanese chicken rice that I’ve had so far. I haven’t had many but this just blew me away. The rice was fragrant and flavoured well. The chicken was tender and juicy, with the sauce having the right balance of saltiness and tang. We were so impressed.
Pandan Chicken $14
We missed out on ordering this last time as there was too much to choose from but not this time. Little medallions of chicken are wrapped with a pandan leaf and fried. The chicken was everything you want it to be, crispy on the outside with tender meat on the inside. I have to admit though, the pandan flavour was very, very subtle. If only there was a stronger pandan hit. Nonetheless, the fried chicken was a winner in our eyes.
Claypot Mi Tai Ma $11.80
A friend had recommended I try ”rice drops”. I couldn’t find it on the menu (but can clearly see it on the online menu) and could only explain to the waiter that I wanted “rice drops”. Thankfully she knew what I was talking about, phew!
Charred Rice Drops
The rice drops I can only assume are charred and wok fried with egg before going into this thick soup. We found a soft cooked egg in there with the yolk oozing everywhere, yay. The Boy noted that this dish really reminded him of his favourite vietnamese meal - hu tieu xao do bien (I couldn’t find a link to what it was but here’s a picture instead). It’s a stir fry of thick flat rice noodles with seafood. After a few more spoonfuls I felt that way also. I absolutely loved the charred rice drops as it gave it a nice caramelised flavour.
We had such a good feed, and we honestly felt like we had a much more satisfying experience than our first visit at the Campsie location. The food felt more fresh and even looked more vibrant. We’ve been told by our friends that they wouldn’t make a return, but with the feed we just had, the Boy and I would return in a heart beat.
After such a pleasant dinner, we walk it off and roam up and down John Street. There’s quite a bit going on at Cabramatta these days with a Moochi opening, Sub Zero (another frozen yoghurt venture) and even Meet Fresh. Desserts galore!
I’m not the biggest fan of frozen yoghurt (though will still eat it) so choose to go to Meet Fresh.
I’ve been serveral times before but there’s only one thing I seem to order everytime I make a visit - the Signature Herbal Jelly.
Signature Herbal Jelly $5.50
Fresh herbal jelly is served on top of a bed of shaved ice with taro mango balls.
Milk is added in (optional) to add that hint of creaminess and helps the ice to melt that little bit.
This is a such refreshing dessert that I could eat all day long! The jelly reminds me of the grass jelly drink that you can get at nearly every asian grocery, which is probably why I love this dish so much. For $5.50 you get quite a generous portion and I’m happy to eat it all on my own.
2013 has just started and I’ve already begun my eating adventures. I am looking forward to more delicious eats for the rest of the year, and yours too!
2/44 Park Road
Cabramatta NSW 2166
Tel: +612 9728 6556
84 John Street
Cabramatta NSW 2166
Tel: +612 8339 1031