Feb 10, 2015

PappaRich Plus: Upsize for the Family

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With over 100 outlets in United States, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea and China, PappaRich is known for its authentic and affordable Malaysian dishes. And now, the certified Halal restaurant chain from Malaysia opens yet another PappaRich Plus outlet at OneKM, the new shopping mall in Tanjong Katong. 

What, PLUS??? Yes, PappaRich Plus outlets are designed to facilitate communal dining, incorporating larger marble dining tables and booths to encourage families to come together and share a meal. The menu is more extensive, featuring a selection of Malaysian large plates designed for sharing. 

Predictably, the monkies could not wait to get started with their feast at PappaRich and for kids, no appetizer can please them more when it comes in the form of fried chicken wings!

The Pappa Fried Chicken Wings ($8.90) were really juicy and succulent but perhaps more importantly, they did not feel overly greasy. If you prefer something less oily, I strongly recommend the Pappa Hainan Steamed Bread with Butter and Kaya ($3.90), and complement it with two Half Boiled Eggs ($2.90).

This well-loved kopitiam-style Steamed Bread served with butter and PappaRich’s special kaya is freshly baked by an old school Hainanese bakery. The original maker behind the recipe of the bread came from Hainan province and PappaRich had bought the bread factory over so that they could make the bread for its outlets. Talk about being exclusive!

I found out that most of the dishes are prepared with the best ingredients specially sourced from Malaysia, just like the Ipoh Kuay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken ($10.90).

While the chicken was pretty decent, the kuay teow noodles in the flavourful broth was what blew the wife and me away. At first glance, the bowl of kuay teow soup looked rather plain at best, but the soup was so savoury that even Ayd asked if he could finish the soup! With the kuay teow noodles being noodles imported all the way from Ipoh, this is one comfort food dish that you should not miss ordering.

For the kids, they settled on the Pappa Chicken Chop ($12.90) and Pappa Fish & Chips ($12.90).

Both were above average, but the servings were rather huge. I have to give special mention to the fried rice that accompanied the western dishes because for the first time in forever, Ale ditched the fries in order to finish the rice! But I need not have been surprised, since the fried rice boasted an arresting wok hei aroma and well-seasoned taste.

Of course, a bit of fibre would not hurt and the Broccoli with Shitake Mushroom ($16.90) certainly did not disappoint.

If you love all things curry (like me), then the Curry Fish Head ($34.90) will be like a blast to paradise.

Great for 2 to 3 persons, the curry fish head is not your typical Chinese or Indian fish head curry. Instead, it is a combination of Middle Eastern and Indian influences featuring a mixture of 22 different spices including candlenut and fenugreek seeds. Everything is then slow-cooked for 4 hours to create an aromatic curry base. The fish head, from a Red Snapper, is specially chosen for this dish as its sweet flesh complements the flavours of the curry. And it clearly showed in its full-bodied, robust flavour.

In addtion, PappaRich also offers an array of tasty vegetarian dishes including Nasi Lemak with Vegetarian Curry Mutton and a drinks list which includes diabetic-friendly drinks such as White Coffee sweetened with natural sugar substitute, Stevia and Organic Soy Milk.

We then washed everything down with Pappa ABC Special with Ice Cream ($6.90) and Pappa Cendol ($3.90). Using freshly made cendol and gula melaka from Malacca, the latter was pretty close to what I savoured in Malacca.

The Pappa ABC Special with Ice Cream is shaved ice drenched with palm syrup and evaporated milk, then heaped with grass jelly, chewy palm seeds, sweet azuki beans, creamed corn, green squiggles of cendol and topped off with a scoop of ice cream. A bit like ice kachang, and like all cold desserts, the monkies lapped it all up.

What struck me about the PappaRich Plus was the pricing of the dishes were relatively affordable, with its servings pretty huge so families with young kids can probably share. Or for growing boys whose appetites are fast catching with mine. 

Family-friendly dishes, hearty flavours, affordable prices - I guess we will probably be back sooner than later!

Useful Information

PappaRich Plus
11 Tanjong Katong Road, #01-60/61/62, OneKM, Singapore 437157
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily
Website: papparich.com.sg

Plaza Singapura Outlet: 68 Orchard Road, #01-35, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

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