This is a chain restaurant offering simple heart warming food my neighbouring country to the north. And when you are stuck in Sydney for a long period, anything that reminds you of home is good eat.
What do you get when you pair the smoky, heavy flavours of Malaysian street dishes with exquisite Australian produce? The answer – Ho Jiak Town Hall. Dubbed the personal playground of Head Chef Junda Khoo, Ho Jiak Town Hall is fun, creative and bold.
In the evening, it offers normal Malaysian fare at normal restaurant prices. But for lunch they offer a special set lunch menu that let you pick a main, and the set comes with a beer (or wine or soft drink) and two starters.
Authentic inchi kabin is a Nyonya-spiced fried chicken dish. It requires the chicken pieces to be marinated with a number of spices that will tease your taste buds. I could taste the lemongrass, turmeric and pepper, and a hint of harjeong.
This was as close as it gets for me for a wonderful plate of char horfun in Australia. The rice noodles had wokhei and the sticky, savoury sauce was authentically delicious. And with the godsend huge tiger prawns from nearby waters, this was a really good eat.
This was the most expensive simple far in the website so far. But with inflation and the minimum wage in Sydney, it’s quite fair to get the harjeong (shrimp paste) chicken wing and wattan (wet runny egg) horfun lunch set at A$39. The service was great, and the ambiance was eclectic even for lunch. I have to say I really enjoyed it.
Ho Jiak Town Hall
125 York St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia (just behind QVB)
Tel : +61 2 8065 6954
Visited in Jun 2022