We get a rare chance to go a-food-courtin' in Chatswood, we try May's Malaysian in the Mandarin Centre.
The food court upstairs at the Mandarin Centre is a gem, we wish we could get there more often. Today we give May's Malaysian a whirl. The menu and cooking style leans more towards the Chinese side of the Malyasian food spectrum, and there's some interesting dishes we don't normally see around the traps. We really liked their version of Hainan chicken rice, while the soups we tried were good but lacked that special Malaysian magic. Something tells us we must come back for the Ipoh Hor Fun.
Hainan chicken rice - $9.50. We really like May's take on this dish. It was served cold which is unusual but most pleasant on a sticky summer day. The chook was tender and moist with ginger and shallot flavours poking through, and made extra wet with a splosh of soy.
Mee rebus - $10.80. Thick egg noodles in a curry flavoured gravy, which thins out to a soup as you get lower down the bowl. The curry has a sweet flavour and reminds us a little of Japanese curry. Fixin's include tofu, prawns and egg. It's a massive serving and we doggy-bagged half of it. It was fantastic the next day.
Penang Prawn Mee - $11.80. A light prawny broth with thick egg noodles, prawns, eggs and some lovely big hunks of chicken. It was enjoyable but we remember getting much bigger kicks from the har mee at East West Gourmet across the hall.
Alison finds the Daiso Japanese 100 yen\$2 shop. 'I am just going inside and may be some time'.
May's Malaysian is in food court at the top floor Mandarin Centre, corner of 61-65 Albert Avenue (corner of Victor Street) Chatswood. Daiso is on the ground floor, with lots of grumpy husbands waiting outside.
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