Posted December 3, 2009 by Jennifer Lam in Occasion


Sometimes it takes a fresh set of tastebuds for you to truly appreciate a cheap eat. I’ve been going to Temasek for their traditional Malaysian and Singaporean fare for ages. But only recently, had I introduced this place to my parents!
Needless to say, they absolutely loved it.
I didn’t have my camera with me that day, but here are pics from yet another cheap and cheerful brunch with the boy.

Temasek Parramatta - king prawn har mee noodle soup - yellow egg noodle with king prawns and fishcakes in prawn flavoured stock
King prawn har mee noodle soup

Har “prawn” Mee “noodle” ($11.80) is a Penang hawker delicacy that I adore. Its broth is cloudy and punchy -full of flavour from the wok-seared prawn heads and chilli which went into the stock. It is usually served with a mix of vermicelli and Hokkien noodles, but I like mine just with Hokkien noodles as it has a firmer texture. Soaking up the broth are also bok choy, bean sprouts, king prawns, a hard boiled egg and fish cakes. Traditionally, there would also be thinly sliced pork meat, but it has purposely been left out here.
Garnished with crisp fried shallots, this noodle soup can cause some slurping action and bad breath!

Temasek Parramatta - Hainanese chicken rice
Hainanese chicken rice

The Hainanese chicken rice ($12) is another classic Malaysian/Singaporean favourite. Glistening pieces of tender chicken is served with a fragrant chicken-stock and garlic flavoured rice. Accompaniments include fresh tomato and cucumber pieces, a bowl of chicken broth and the crucial dipping sauces of dark soy sauce and a chilli and ginger vinaigrette.
Like any Asian diner, the dishes are brought out when they’re ready -with no respect to it being a starter or main. So our entrée of beef curry puffs (three pieces for $4.80) were served mid-meal. These were scrumptious and piping hot.

Temasek, Parramatta - beef curry puffs
Beef curry puffs

And to prepare ourselves for battling the Summer heat, we share the ais “ice” kacang “bean” ($4.50). A deliciously refreshing tower of red bean, grass jelly, pineapple and palm seeds served with crushed ice in a bowl and topped with palm sugar, rose syrup, condensed milk and creamed corn. If it had jackfruit, longan and lychees, I would have been in foodie heaven!

Temasek, Parramatta - ice kacang, combination of red bean, grass jelly, pineapple and palm seeds served with crushed ice in a bowl and topped with palm sugar, rose syrup, condensed milk and sweet corn
Ice Kacang

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71 George Street, Parramatta, NSW
Open Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday & public holidays)
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.