PappaRich is quite big in Malaysia, with over 50 branches. You do see the restaurants around. The situation in Singapore is slightly different with four outlets at Star Vista, Parkway Parade, Suntec City and Westgate. Plus, people get confused between PappaRich with PappaMia, PappaSan and Pappa2, which are incidentally from a Hong Kong establishment.
To set things straight, PappaRich is a Malaysian grown brand, known for their signatures of Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Assam Laksa, Prawn Mee, Horfun and drinks.
The owner is a successful businessman Rich Tan (seriously, the power of positive thinking in your name) currently in his late 40s, who is said to have travelled across Malaysia to get the very best street fare in his restaurant. He has done really well.
Case in point, one of PappaRich’s recommended dish in the Hainanese Steamed Bread with Kaya ($3.90) and Half-Boiled Eggs ($2.90). The bread is made according to a traditional recipe by a baker who came from Hainan province.
Well, Rich loved the bread so much, he bought the factory. Yes that is where that soft and fluffy bread you may not have thought twice about came from.
Two of my favourite dishes from PappaRich are the Super Rich Combo ($16.90) and Pappa Curry Laksa ($9.90), which I consider to be my occasional indulgence.
The former is similar to a Nasi Briyani combo, made with Basmati rice with braised beef, sweet and spicy squid, potato, hard boiled egg, lady finger and papadum. To top it up, a particularly crispy fried chicken drumstick that gives a crackling noise as you cut the skin apart to reveal juicy meat.
Papparich Curry Laksa is quite different from the usual versions. The gravy is somewhat thicker and richer, made with 10 different spices, with a saltier than spicy tinge to it. The fish-stuffed foo chok soaked in the coconut curry makes guilty pleasure, but one has to keep reminding myself to stop finishing up the gravy!
The desserts and drinks such as the Cendol and Longan Milk Honey are quite tasty, just that the price range of $3-$6 for a cup may make you think twice, considering it may cost the same up north.
Psychologically, it does feel a bit pricey to pay that much more for ‘street food’. But the comfortable spacious restaurant setting with some delicious Malaysian fare should make up for it.
[Giveaway Ended] PappaRich Giveaway
PappaRich at Suntec City will be giving away 10 x $20 vouchers to 10 blessed Daniel’s Food Diary readers.
All you need to do is to
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(Ends 11 Feb 2014)
Suntec City Mall
#02-386, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983 , Tel: +65 6532 3323
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm Daily
Other branches: Star Vista #01-43, Parkway Parade #01-17A, Westgate #03-06