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PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

Had lunch there today. Menu is quite limited - I think the selection only comprises 1/3 of their Malaysian counterparts.

Anyway ended up ordering the lunch special rice with fried chicken and sambal, fried kway teow and satay. Unfortunately they were out of the M'sian coffees and teas - ingredients were in transit...

The rice plate was an odd combination; the description implied nasi lemak accompanied by fried chicken, however it was served with Hainanese style chicken rice instead. The key to any decent nasi lemak is the sambal, this version was quite disappointing - about a tablespoon and a half worth of a watery lackluster puddle was dished onto the plate. The fried chicken was crispy and tasty but sadly the overall entree was a miss.

The kway teow fortunately was passable, cooked with sufficient 'wok hei' and flavor profile was on point. Won't compare to any specialist hawker stall's version in Penang but decent enough.

Chicken satay was one of the better versions I've had in LA, good gravy and adequately seasoned meat.

While they do offer other ubiquitous M'sian specialities (i.e. roti canai, kaya toast), I did hope for a wider selection; more along the lines of the Penang chain to warrant frequent return visits. I suspect the place is operated by Koreans based on the telltale association with the neighboring nightclub - Papparich @ Vibe. Should have been a stronger effort for the chain's first foray stateside

The comparison to Denny's is off the mark. More akin to the "jack of all trades" Japanese restaurants. Food is passable but you won't find any standouts compared to the establishments specializing in sushi, yakitori, ramen, tempura etc..

Jul 26, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

PappaRich - Malaysian chain in Ktown

Stumbled across the first US branch of the Malaysian chain PappaRich while driving around Ktown yesterday.

Has anyone tried the place, authentic?

http://papparich.com.my/menu/

721 S.Western Av, LA CA 90005.

Jul 23, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

ipsedixit's Top 10 Dim Sum

Thank you ipsedixit!

Continues to steer the crowds away from King Hua.

Jul 02, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Foods to try in Amsterdam & Copenhagen

Smoked Eel (Paling) - incredible stuff

Definitely Herring - the fish from better purveyors is superior, less fishy. There is a great vendor at the Leiden market (Wed & Sat), I forget the name but it's the first corner fish stand, fairly large.

Anything with white asparagus

Holland shrimp (Hollandse garnalen) - tiny but very tasty. They look a lot like "crevette grise" served in France.

Jun 13, 2014
Sgee in Europe

Iceland Trip - Restaurant Suggestions Please

I had memorable meals at the following places
- Icelandic fish company
- Dill
- Bæjarins beztu pylsur - Hotdog place by the waterfront, I downed at least 10 dogs over several days

Also try some skyr in the countryside, taste completely different from the commercial product

Jun 13, 2014
Sgee in Europe

Epicure Imports Sale June 13, 14 in NoHo

Thanks for the heads up!

Jun 13, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Epicure Imports Sale June 13, 14 in NoHo

Crowd was ok 3ish, picked up some pasta, sausages, cheese, oils, vinegar, squid ink, preserves, fleur sel. Hit every available sample, seconds for cheese and salami :p

Easy to run up a large tab - even after editing the cart.

Make sure to bring a cooler pack if you plan to purchase sausages/cheese

Jun 13, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Where do you do your healthy eatin' in LA?

- M.A.K.E. Raw Cuisine @ Santa Monica Place is pretty good.

- Good Earth @ Studio City

- Urth

Jun 11, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Spaghetti alle Vongole - addition of mashed potato??

Here's a picture. I was assured by the waiter there was no dairy-butter/cream.

Does not really pop in the picture but there appears to be some thickening agent used in the sauce / reduction coating the pasta and clams. Some of it was semi solid which led me to my initial assumption that possibly mashed potato was used. If it was concentrated pasta water, there sure was a lot of starch in it.

Jun 11, 2014
Sgee in Home Cooking

Spaghetti alle Vongole - addition of mashed potato??

I recently had some excellent Spaghetti alle Vongole at Peck in Milan.

There was a noticeable starchy ingredient in the pasta - seemed like some form mashed potato was added

Has anyone come across a preparation like this?

Jun 09, 2014
Sgee in Home Cooking

Gift to bring Dutch foodies?

Ended up bringing some maple syrup. CA zin and macadamia chocs. Well received.

Thanks all for the suggestions.

Jun 09, 2014
Sgee in Europe

Disneyland/California Adventure Reflections

+1 for Carthay Circle - had a good dinner there a few months ago - good food and service.

On the other hand, self-service offerings in CA Adventure are generally quite dismal.

Jun 09, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Smoked Eel - where to buy?

Has anyone come across any store/deli that carries smoked eel in the LA area?

Jun 09, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Nobu Malibu, on the beach side of PCH, has anyone been ??? Is it a decent place to get a couple of drinks and maybe a tartare or a dish or two, i mean the food probably sucks, but how's the view and eye candy.??????????????

chimeric - chimera....

Apr 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Nobu Malibu, on the beach side of PCH, has anyone been ??? Is it a decent place to get a couple of drinks and maybe a tartare or a dish or two, i mean the food probably sucks, but how's the view and eye candy.??????????????

NYC typical parking, drive into a lot and hand your keys to them so they can park the car 1" besides the next car to optimize space. Not really valet....

It was a business meeting, dined at a table and just ordered ala carte.

Apr 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Nobu Malibu, on the beach side of PCH, has anyone been ??? Is it a decent place to get a couple of drinks and maybe a tartare or a dish or two, i mean the food probably sucks, but how's the view and eye candy.??????????????

I paid $45 for 1 hr parking in NYC several years ago while dining at Yasuda... LA parking is cheap as heck.

Apr 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Red Medicine

+1, I had my worst restaurant meal ever at RM last year.

Everything we ordered was bad, service was bad too in a virtually empty restaurant. Quite a feat.

Apr 29, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Keiji salmon

May I ask what is Keiji salmon?

Apr 28, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Best Chinese veg 2014?

Vege Paradise @ Focus Plz.

Apr 27, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Peking Duck For $288 at Hakkasan

Had dinner last week - enjoyed the duck salad. Steamed fish was sorely overcooked. Other items were decent but nothing special. Nice interior - good drinks menu.

Waitress was hopeless - could not pronounce any of the chinese teas. Service was disorganized.

Not enough redeeming qualities for me to scurry back anytime soon.

Hopefully Newport does a better job foodwise.

Apr 27, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

I ordered the Vanilla Celebration Cake, came out great.

Apr 27, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Gift to bring Dutch foodies?

Does anyone have suggestions on what to bring Dutch foodies as gifts from the US?

I.e difficult to find, too expensive in Europe etc?

Thanks in advance

Apr 25, 2014
Sgee in Europe

Spring Omakase at Yamakase: A Pictorial Essay

PURE DECADENCE!

Apr 20, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Shunji Japanese Cuisine Now Open for Lunch, Fantastic Lunch Sushi Specials: A Chowhound Exclusive (for a few hours at least...)

I had a less favorable experience during lunch yesterday.

Shunji and the #2 guy were both out, one of the usual prep cooks ended up preparing our sushi. It was painful to watch his knife skills, very sloppy and I had some guest with me too. It was quite bad... will need to make sure right people are working next time.

Apr 17, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

Thanks for all the recommendations, ended up ordering from Susie's in Calabasas.

Will keep Portos and Cake Monkey in mind for next time.

Apr 17, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Birthday cake, good place to order?

Need a good bakery to order a birthday cake for this weekend. Any recommendations between the triangle of Thousand Oaks -> Santa Monica -> Burbank area?

Thanks in advance!

Apr 16, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Korean Banchan that is better than SF

Jun won has good banchan. They also operate a banchan retail store in ktown.

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Review of my Go's Mart visit from the fall, better late than never! :-)

Only place in town you can roll out of bed and show up in a wifebeater shirt and boxers; without a second glance from the regular patrons (Rick et al).

Chow down on some excellent sushi for 2 hrs casually and roll back into bed!

Perfect antithesis to a hipster joint :-)

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

I've come to appreciate coffee biz margins... Whole lotta margin...

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area

Blue Bottle is Taking Over The World

Darn, was quite fond of handsome, they opened my eyes to eliminating sugar from my coffee. Observed some planning meetings a few months back and thought they were in the process of expanding rather than selling. Glad I picked up one of those cool denim aprons!

Does BB still skew towards a darker roast?

Apr 08, 2014
Sgee in Los Angeles Area