I went to Chinta Ria on a recommendation of a friend of a friend. This friend of a friend also happened to be an American study abroad student, so I was a little apprehensive. Finding the place was a little difficult and I know I have walked passed it hundreds of times and not noticed it.
Upon entering you are greeted by a giant smiling Buddha. The inside looks like a funky warehouse conversion, lots of bare concrete, high ceilings and an exposed kitchen. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, so it was not busy and we were seated straight away. We started our meal with Golden Browns, which are similar to deep fried won tons but the filling has a different consistency. They were piping hot and when dipped into the sweet chili sauce made the perfect starter. Our mains were the Red Temple Chicken with a side of Rotti and Vegie Hokkien noodles. The red temple chicken was not what i had expected it, came out swimming in red sauce which also covered the whole roulade. I was expect to be able to taste a lot more garlic but the overall balance of flavors made it very moreish. The Vegie Hokkien portion size was generous and meant that we had plenty for dinner later that night. All in all i enjoyed my meal it was fun, fresh and reasonably priced.
Golden Browns – Won ton skins filled with chicken, mushroom, onion and water chestnut filled, Deep fried $7
Vegetarian Hokkien Noodles – Wok fried vegetables $17.50
Red Temple Chicken – Chicken roulade smothered with a lightly spiced red sauce of chilli, lemon grass, coconut, garlic and tomatoes. – $25.50
Roti – $4.90
The front entrance to Chinta Ria – Temple of Love.
201 Sussex St
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Every Sydney food blog needs a post about Mamak so here it is;
If you want to go to Mamak and que up in a slightly shorter line than there city location, then Chatswood is the place to go. A lot has been said about their now semi famous roti’s and still people are lining up day in and day out to get a feed there.
I have been to the Haymarket store a few times but this was my first time to Chatswood. Just as with their city store, you are able to see inside the kitchen and watch the chefs fling around some roti. Inside there is not much in the way of decor, just a large open space with some pictures on the wall. The tilled floor and the open plan design makes it very loud when it’s busy (which is most of the time).
The Ayam Goreng looks great, nice colour and crispy skin; however I found that the flavour in the skin overpowered the flavour of the meat. I found myself wanting to order more just for the skin.
Of course a trip to Mamak would be incomplete without some Rotis. On this trip, I opted for Roti Canai and Roti Planta. The Roti Canai is great for soaking up the dipping sauces. Whereas the Roti Planta with its buttery-ness was delicious on its own. Mee Goreng has nice thick noodles is a bit spicy with some tomato and cucumber on the side.
Be it Chatswood or Haymarket the food is excellent however I feel that the buzz around Mamak is lost on me. Yes the food is great and it is well priced. But is the length of the line based upon the food or also is there an element of the bandwagon effect going on here? What do you think?
Ayam Goring – $12 for 4 or $3.50 each
Roti Canai – $5
Roti Planta – $6
Mee goreng $11.5
Shop P9, 1-5 Railway St, Chatswood
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