If you can't pick, pick them all.
Whether it be food, clothes or places to work (I just do not learn).
There's one little trusted place in Perth that cures all (Asian) cravings, that brings a small slice of Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, [insert any other country here] here to Australia in the form of delicious, authentic tasting food.
All in the one central location, under the same roof, spans this global village of hawker food galore to take your pick from, similar to Cambridge Forum. Located just metres away from each other, it has never been more convenient and cheap to go country-hopping from one to the other.
|Durian Smoothie - $5|
Durian smoothie...tasted real, and definitely smelled as real as stink.
A pleasingly real stench that wafts of durian.
|Chee Cheong Fun - $4.50|
It is always exciting to prance around with a $20 note in hand, and be googly eyed at the vast range of options to satiate yourself with.
|Ooh, the way that skin gleams with liberal coats of sticky sauce...|
All their menu items are small sized dishes and tastily priced, as are these soft rice flour rolls topped with beancurd skin, and bathed in coats of sweet soy sauce before the finishing touch of sesame seeds.
|Yong Tau Fu - $6|
It is a collective name for a plate that brings you not only tofu blocks stuffed with pork paste, but also eggplant, capsicum, fish balls and fried tofu skin. If sharing, be prepared to share intimate bites, since you don't get many of the same food item in one dish.
|Assorted dipping sauces|
|Penang Fried Kuey Teow - $8|
I love being able to taste that recognisable wok hei flavour in this dish, achieved by stir frying the contents in a wok over a high-heat but controlled flame.
|Curry Laksa - $7.50|
|Curry laksa, up close and personal|
I made sure not a single strand of noodle was left alone in that sea of fragrant coconut milky soup. Life would be a lot easier if noodle dishes came with strainers...
|Laksa - aerial view|
The tempting call of a ridiculously flavoursome soup is just so easy to succumb to.
|Nasi Ayam - $9|
I have ordered a few other dishes from them in a blind attempt to find that dish I ordered again, but with no luck. This nasi ayam dish had slightly overcooked chicken with fried shallots, and disappointing yellow rice (disappointing only because it wasn't the rice I was trying to find).
I would probably go with one of their many other chicken dishes.
|Bak Kut Teh - $8.50|
|What's not to love?|
It is absolutely perfect when eaten over a hot bowl of steamed rice or, with my way of doing things, by emptying the bowl of rice into the goodie-laden soup instead.
That way, you are more likely to fit more in the one mouthful :)
|Yong Tau Fu - $6|
|Chai Tow Kway|
Chai Tow Kway is a true hawker food and a popular, nostalgic way to eat them is by ditching all conventional cutlery and simply pick them up using a toothpick.
Straits Cuisine has a warmer filled with these baked and fried Asian pastries, and they are all really worth a try. This particular one had a sweet filling inside and is great for sharing.
|Roti Tisu - $3.50|
I normally love eating roti and jumped at the sight of $3.50 roti tisu. What I didn't expect was the delivery of the Great Pyramid to the table! The eye-catching roti cone is paper thin and shattered at a delicate touch. It is served with a pool of curry gravy, but as it is dusted with sugar I preferred mine as it was. A must try :)
|Penang Fried Kuey Teow - $8.50|
|Oyster Omelette - $13|
The omelette looked more like a mess rather than an omelette, but it smelled delicious with no lack of flavour. Some mouthfuls did have an unpleasant, chewy gooey texture to them which I suspect is the result of unthorough flour mixing. We also found ourselves hunting around for more oysters, believing that some were hidden somewhere (when there were actually only about 5 altogether).
|Baked Pork Buns|
The ball that takes the crown is a deep fried glutinous rice ball filled with a sweet red bean paste. Its other name is jian dui, literally translating to "fried heap". Indeed it is a heap of fried glutinous rice flour, but you have to taste it before you judge the name with a scrunched up expression on your face.
|Tom Yum Fried Bee Hoon - $8.50|
I don't enjoy it as much as I thought I would; most likely because I've ignored the obvious sign that I was actually already full.
|Kuih Dadar interior|
A look on the label lists only three ingredients; these being flour, coconut and sugar. Hmm...
I'll have to get my authentic fix of kuih dadar elsewhere. Anyone with recommendations?
|Panda Cafe (drinks stall) and Miss Saigon (Vietnamese cuisine)|
The tables are sticky and there is a high chance you need to share your table with strangers, but Spencers is definitely my favourite food court.
|Spencers Village food court (next to IGA)|
It may be a food court, but service is personalised a little by every stall's ordering procedure. Ordering and paying is standard, but then having your food delivered to your table is a nice touch that saves your bottom leaving the wooden bench seating (even if they are uncomfortable)!
Don't expect flashy surroundings, or even an average ambiance at that. Spencers has built up quite the reputation over the years, but in the opposite direction, attracting negative publicity regarding its food health and safety violations.
Once dubbed "the food hall from hell", it could not be any more misleading.
If this here is hell, I would love to go to hell.
Lunch & Dinner: Wed - Sun
(Imagine my rage fit when I turned up nice and early on a Tuesday after a 30 minute drive)