To celebrate the end of our first week of work, we braved the torrential rain and headed over to Westfield Sydney in search of some great food, eventually settling on Chinta Ria!
Any good Malaysian feast must start with a great entree, which usually is comprised of a street food snack. We picked the Chicken and Beef Satay, which both came with a thick peanut dipping sauce that was so delicious, we even ate it on its own! The beef was cooked well and seasoned nicely, but the chicken was so tasty – perfectly marinaded and charred.
We then shared a main – the Duck in Plum Sauce with Chinese vegetables. It was absolutely delectable, as the duck was so tender, and the sauce not too overpowering, but with just the right amount of sweetness to coat and flavour the vegetables. We also ordered roti to dip into the sauce and eat with the duck, which was a great accompaniment.
Finally, we couldn’t resist ordering a dessert, and chose the Home Hearts, which came with two pieces of Kueh Dadar, a coconut and palm sugar roll wrapped in a light pandan crepe. It came out hot and was freshly made, which added to the deliciousness, as it tasted just like the dessert when I’ve had it in Malaysia! I was so impressed with the sweetness of the coconut, which was perfectly balanced with the light pandan flavour of the crepe, and I savoured every last bite – so good!
We went on a Thursday night, so the restaurant was fairly crowded, and we were given a table outside. Service was on the slower side, but the quality of the food more than made up for it. We especially liked the menu concept, which is based around large dishes that can be shared between two or with a group, and eaten with your choice of rice or roti. Prices were reasonable as well, particularly for Westfield dining, as we paid around $30 each for an entree, main and dessert.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine at Chinta Ria, and having just come back from Malaysia, it was so lovely to see the authentic taste from my travels replicated in their dishes. The duck is delicious, but the desserts are a must have – give the Home Hearts a try, and let us know what you think!