For a leisurely lunch on a Friday, we headed to Strathfield to try Ho Jiak, a Malaysian eatery in our local area that has been receiving a lot of hype!
We ordered two dishes to share, the Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, and the Penang Fried Kway Teow. The Kway Teoh dish was very nicely spiced, and had a great ‘burnt wok’ flavour without the smokiness being too overpowering. We felt that the taste was really authentic and the portion size was so generous as well, which is perfect for sharing. They provide extra chillies on the side to season the dish to your liking, which was a great touch as well.
The Hainanese Chicken was also a big hit, as we really liked how tender and flavoursome it was, and their chicken rice chilli was spot on, complementing the chicken well. However, the rice could’ve had more of the chicken stock flavour needed for a good authentic Chicken Rice dish, and the soup was a bit lacklustre. Nevertheless, with a few minor tweaks, it could be a really great dish!
Ho Jiak is located in the eatery part of Strathfield Plaza, just opposite the train station. Orders are placed at the counter, and there are limited seats inside the restaurant, as this store is more reminiscent of a takeaway stall, so be prepared to sit on stools or wait for a table to be vacant if you come during a busy period. The food was prepared so quickly, and we were incredibly amazed. The service could be improved, but we recognised that it was a fast-food type concept, and next time, we’d probably order take-away to eat at home instead.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience eating at Ho Jiak, a very authentic local eatery serving amazing Malaysian food. Give the Penang Fried Kway Teow a try – it’s an outstanding dish, and one of the best renditions of it that I’ve seen!