I have heard a lot about Tak Chee House serving one of the best Penang Char Kuey Teow and Hainanese Chicken Rice in town, because of that it has been on my "To-Eat List". Unfortunately, every time when we were in Northbridge area, we tend to visit other eating joint instead of them. Today, I've finally gotten the chance to verify it's authenticity.
Tak Chee House is only a small fitting cafe style restaurant serving Malaysian favourite hawker's cuisine. We were there at about 8pm, but the restaurant was full of patrons waiting eagerly for their meal to arrive. There were also some other patrons queuing up waiting for table inside and out of the restaurant. With a good mixture of Asian and non-Asian customer, that's a good sign.
We waited for a good 10-15minutes for a table for two. The table arrangement was a little cramp, just like the typical Asian cafe's table setting in Perth. The staff were busy with orders taking, drinks making, delivering food, clearing table and etc. In terms of service, it was lacking a bit of friendliness, alertness and accommodation.
|Penang Char Kuey Teow $10|
We ordered the infamous Penang Char Kuey Teow (Penang style wok fried flat rice noodles) and Hokkien Fried Noodle (Stir fried thick Hokkien Noodle with dark soy sauce). Judging by the look of the Char Kuey Teow, it does look the same as the one you get from Malaysia. It wasn't too oily and was loaded with chives, bean sprouts, fried egg and 2 big bursty prawns. Albeit a bit too salty to our liking, it has just the right amount of sauteed garlic perfume and wok fried char-ry flavour.
|Hokkien Fried Noodle $9.50|
The city where I come from was famous for it's Hokkien Fried Noodle and I've had numerous good KL Hokkien Fried Noodle. It was hard to get a good fix in Perth when the cravings hit. Tak Chee House's Hokkien Mee has got the right flavour and was loaded with seafood pieces, the only problem is the thickness of the noodle, they should be using the thick yellow noodle instead of the thinner kind. With the right amount of sauce coated on the noodle, I can't stop griping if only the noodle were thicker and cook for longer.
We also asked for Sambal to go with the Hokkien Noodle, it costs us $0.80 for a small dish, but it was quite tasty. Despite the chef being a bit heavy handed on salt and staff not being friendly, I don't mind visiting Tak Chee House again to try their Hainanese Chicken Rice as the place was perfume by it's garlicky and buttery flavour.
Do check out their daily special, every Wednesday they are serving Bak Kut Teh (Braised Pork Ribs in Chinese Herbs) and every Friday serving Penang Prawn Noodle.
Food Quality: 3.75 outta 5 Kuey Teow
Service: 2 outta 5 Kuey Teow
Ambience: 1.5 outta 5 Kuey Teow
Tue - Sun: 11am - 3pm; 5pm - 9pm
Closed on Monday
Tak Chee House
Unit 1, 364 William St,
08 9328 9445