There’s only so much a Peckish Kiwi can take. Holding one’s resolve while beholding Sassy Earl Grey’s Flaky Spiral Malaysian Curry Puffs is one matter, but I cannot be expected to stay strong against those and Bonding Tool’s Char Kway Teow photos. Lucky for me Ponsonby Food Court is home to Kampung Malaysian and is handy to work. Chicken Char Kway Teow ($11.50) and a spring roll and curry puff ($1.50 each) coming my way.
I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend the curry puffs to you. Stare at curry puffs done the SEG Way and let your appetite dream rather than be shattered on the reality that is these. The flavour fell flatter than a rubbery pancake for me, not doing much more than what peas and potatoes would ordinarily do for me with a bit of curry powder added. The spring roll was better, but in a carrot and vermicelli sort of way that you’ve probably had many times before, possibly from the Chinese before that is their neighbour (and possibly does spring rolls better, and probably those little curry triangles too, which would be a step up from the curry puff).
Happily, I do not have the same problem with the Char Kway Teow. I’ve seen a couple of bloggers talk about the merits between this dish and a Pad See Eew. For me I think I prefer the sauce on this one, but enjoy the bigger serving of vegetables that is typical of Pad See Eew in Auckland. This Char Kway Teow unfortunately didn’t come with those yummy sausages, but I didn’t care. It also didn’t come as takeaway like I ordered, (I don’t know what it is with this establishment. No matter who the management is, they seem to have trouble making my takeaway orders to go) and I still didn’t care. I take joy in flat noodles regardless, but when they’re sticky with savoury soy and garlic, chirpy with sweet flocks of scrambled egg, and feisty with a solid without leaving a hefty bruise chilli kick, I’ll take my joy with a nice side serve of stomach rubbing.
For good noodle flavour and spice without the usual annoying Western palate training wheels, these guys are a good option at the Williamson Ave end of Ponsonby Road.