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Jackie M Malaysian Cuisine, Concord

Mmm, fried chicken.

I was really excited to be visiting Jackie M Malaysian Cuisine. For this meal, we were meeting two new friends, Craig and Caroline (well, new in that we hadn’t met in person).

With fellow food bloggers at the table, it was comforting to know that cameras were welcomed, and ordering food to share was preferable, to maximise our tasting options. Excellent! :)

Ayam Goreng, 4 for $12

Craig and Caroline had already tried some of Jackie’s food at the recent Malaysia Fest in Sydney, so they had already filled us in on it. And I had been chatting with the lady herself on Twitter, so I was keen to taste her food for myself.

Curry Puffs, 4 for $12

We got straight into ordering, and picked the Ayam Goreng (Fried Chicken) and Curry Puffs to share.

Jackie’s Ayam Goreng is marinated and served piping hot, cloaked in a super crunchy batter. Delectable.

I still maintain there’s no better curry puff in the world than my Mum’s. Or my Aunty Molly’s. (It’s a family recipe!) But if I didn’t know any better, I’d tell you that these were magnificent.

These curry puffs feature a flaky, buttery pastry, and are filled with a spicy meat or veggie filling. Flaky pastry is a personal must when it comes to curry puffs. Nothing’s more disappointing than curry puffs made with rock-solid shortcrust pastry.

Teh Tarik, $3.50

If you need to cool your mouth, then there’s even Malaysian drinks on the menu. I couldn’t go past a Teh Tarik, something I drank all the time when we visited Malaysia and Singapore last year.

Nasi Lemak $15, with dhal, add $5

I couldn’t leave without trying the Nasi Lemak, and I’m very glad I did! Nasi Lemak is my all time favourite Malaysian dish.

Presentation varies depending on where you buy it. It can be simple – brown paper wrapped servings of coconut rice, accompanied by a small blob of sambal and a sprinkling of crunchy ikan bilis and peanuts, and not much else.

Jackie’s version is a more deluxe take on Malaysia’s national dish, featuring fried ikan billis, crunchy peanuts, achar (picked veggies), cucumber slices, boiled egg and beautifully fragrant coconut rice. We decided to upsize and added some dhal.

 Char Kway Teow $14, add chicken $4, add prawns, calamari and fishcake $6

This golden tumble of kway teow (flat rice noodles), egg, chives and bean sprouts were deliciously charry, featuring that great ‘wok hei’ flavour that all good CKT needs.

Check out the bursty prawns!

Naturally, we also added chicken, prawns, calamari and fishcake to our order. I’m happy to report that I stand by this decision ;) Not an overcooked prawn or piece of calamari in sight – everything was beautifully tender.

Roti Canai, $7.50

Roti Canai was definitely on the list of things to try, as it was a favourite of everyone in attendance. Jackie serves her Roti Canai with dhal and sambal, which packs quite a punch. As usual, I was happily munching on pieces of Roti Canai unadorned – I just love it plain.

When made well, as this was, it’s flaky and crispy on the outside, and tender and moist on the inside. I always love the way Roti Canai (or Paratha) is made up of layer after layer of delciously buttery dough. Yum.

But if it’s protein that you want to go with your Roti, then you can’t go past some of Jackie’s Beef Rendang. Tender chunks of beef are simmered in a rich gravy, which has been thickened with toasted coconut (kerisik). It’s also fantastic with hot rice, or coconut rice (we ordered extra! A generous bowl is only $3.50)

Roti Kaya, $8.50

But before we left, we had to try the much talked about Roti Kaya. We were also keen to try the Roti Banana and Ais Campur, but unfortunately they weren’t available that night.

Filled with Kaya, a rich, eggy coconut “jam”, this Roti was a treat for the masses. We sliced it up into pieces to share and it was demolished in minutes. I swear the flaky, buttery goodness of Roti Canai gets even better with the addition of Kaya in the middle.

I think you can guess that by the end we were stuffed!

TFP and I snuck out the back to say hi to Jackie. It was great to finally put a face to a name, and to taste her fantastic food.

Eating this meal made me want to return to Malaysia for another holiday. Or move to Sydney. I can’t decide which!

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Breakfast at Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills

Bourke Street Bakery

We visited Bourke Street Bakery on Saturday morning.

They say the early bird gets the worm – clearly, there’s a lot of early birds in Surry Hills.

Fresh juice at Bourke Street Bakery

Fresh orange juice $3.30, lemonade $2.50

It was a warm morning. The first thing on my mind besides food was a cold drink. TFP chose a freshly squeezed orange juice, and I chose a fresh lemonade.

Ham and cheese croissant, soy flat white

Ham and cheese croissant $5, soy flat white $3

J and I decided to pick two items to share. For the savoury component, we shared a toasted ham and cheese croissant. I enjoyed the flaky, buttery cheese and ham filled croissant with a soy flat white. The coffee was magnificent – creamy, strong, and not at all bitter.Ham and cheese croissant

I quite liked how steam rolled the croissant looked. Presumably using a sandwich press is a quicker option for this busy bakery cafe. The orders were flying out to meet the demand of the many hungry customers both inside and out.

Chicken pie and orange juice

Chicken pie $5, fresh orange juice $3.30

TFP picked her usual bakery go-to, a chicken pie.

Chicken pie innards shot

Bourke Street Bakery makes their pie using a hearty stew, packed to the brim with chunks of chicken, and a colourful mix of peas and sweet potatoes. Everything is bound together in a light tomato-based sauce, a welcome departure from the sometimes gluey white sauce concoctions that many other bakeries use.
Pear danish

Pear danish $4

For the sweet component of our shared brekkie, J also picked a fresh pear danish. The pear was tender and fragrant, with a natural sweetness I really enjoyed. A light custard was sandwiched between it and the flaky pastry. Scrumptious.

It was gone too soon, and I soon found myself wishing we also picked up the strawberry and rhubarb version that was available that morning.

Chillaxing outside Bourke Street Bakery

There’s some seating available outside, but on a busy day, you’ll need to be prepared to wait. Alternatively, there’s a lush green park across the road that would serve well for a baked goods picnic!

Just be sure to arrive early, or you’ll be faced with a bit of a wait! The line dispersed while we ate – only to grow again as we were leaving.

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