5 March 2014
How did I just realise that one of the best-rated Malaysian restaurants in Perth is only a couple of streets away from my house?! The Rice Noodle House has been sitting quietly in my suburb for over 3 years now. I recruited eager friends and family to visit twice in one week, such was my craving for rice and noodles.
This place is seriously no-frills but you can order at the counter and then help yourself to plastic cups of water. While green chillies are free, extra sambal chilli costs $1 which is unfortunate because nasi lemak is a very popular menu item.
Nasi lemak with curry chicken ($10)
Nasi lemak is a famous Malaysian dish which usually comes with coconut rice, ikan belis (anchovies), peanuts, and a fried egg. We ordered nasi lemak with curry chicken on the side. One of my pet peeves is undercooked potato. The curry sauce was thick and flavoursome, the chicken pieces were tender, and the potato was just falling apart. Yum!
Nasi lemak with beef rendang ($10.50)
Sambal is a shrimp-based chilli and an integral component of the meal, which is why I reckon extra sambal should not cost extra. We also ordered nasi lemak with beef rendang on the side. The tender beef chunks pulled apart easily and the sauce was rich without being too thick or watery. This lovely curry was nothing like the terrible muddy soupy rendang I experienced at Ria in Leederville.
Hor fun house special with chicken ($8.50)
The house special is an Ipoh hor fun: slippery rice noodles, a small scattering of green vegies, and chicken slices. You can order this dish dry (sauce) or wet (soup) depending on your preference. I wanted more powerful flavours in the sauce but it was still yummy and not too salty. This dish is also available with egg noodles, but that would be a mistake in my opinion.
Hor fun house special with chicken and prawns ($10)
The hor fun with chicken and prawns is identical except for the addition of two prawns, which doesn’t justify the extra $1.50 in my mind. Remember to ask for the vinegary sliced green chillies which are free, unlike stingy Taurus Hawker in Willetton.
Hainanese chicken rice (thigh and drumstick for $9)
Hainanese chicken rice is best known as a Singaporean speciality, like the awesome one from Tak Chee in Northbridge. The chicken was tender, sauce flavoursome, and rice fragrant; however, the serving was very small and the dish didn’t include any bean sprouts. You can also order chicken boob ($8.50) if you’re silly and somehow prefer it to thigh meat.
Curry chicken rice ($9.50)
On my second visit, I ordered the same Malaysian-style curry chicken that I had tasted with nasi lemak earlier in the week. I thoroughly enjoyed the same rich sauce, tender chicken, and perfect potatoes. It is one of my life’s greatest pleasures to soak steamed rice with tasty gravy, yummm!
Service is prompt but waiting times for food can be a little lengthy depending on when you visit and how many customers are waiting. This family-run establishment is frequented by locals and Asians from surrounding neighbourhoods, My family and friends are certainly likely to return to get our rice and noodle fix. Hopefully the Rice Noodle House continues to do excellent business without getting too famous because I almost wanted to keep this gem to myself!
Likes: cheap and tasty Malaysian food, conveniently near my house
Dislikes: $1 charge for extra sambal chilli
Value for money: great! easily feed yourself for $10-$15
Overall: a new favourite with my family and friends!
Unit 4, 114 Barbican St E
(08) 9259 5532