Last Saturday night, we were at Makan Makan, and when I was sipping away my Teh tarik, Mel commented that the Teh Tarik there was nothing to shout about, and she has tasted a much better and more authentic version at Spencers Village. And so, after a long and winding conversation that followed right after, we all decided to have a dinner at Spencers Village the following Saturday, which happened to be earlier tonight !!
I have heard of the name Spencers Village, but over my many years here I have never actually made it there. It was not a surprise, since the place is well hidden in a sub-urb named Thornlie, which is very far away from the place where I stay previously, and currently too. Nevertheless, there is always a first time for everything.
Spencer Village accomodates a large variety of Asian food, sporting favourites from Malaysia, Sinapore, Japan and food from various nations, all gathered under one roof. They are known for their authentic tastes for the food (authentic, in the comparison with other asian food found locally in Perth) and the place is usually packed at meal hours. When I first arrived there, I was quite amazed, because this place was not like any other eating outlets around Perth. No, it was not better or any fancier in any way, not any worse too, but somehow while I was dining there, I felt as if I was back in Malaysia. Of course, not entirely 100% similar, but the atmosphere, look, and feel, were as if I was having a hawker meal in one of the local food markets in Malaysia. This is truly, something rare to find here in Perth.
Like usual, food photos first.
CHAR KUEH aka CHAI TAU KUEH
The Char Kueh was just so and so, and the roti canai tasted nothing like roti canai at all. Of course, it would be unfair to compare the food directly with what was served in their respective origins, for what standards they hold true for the food here in Perth, I must say they were rather satisfactory.
But there was something which I was truly amazed by the quality...
TEH TARIK AIS
OMG !!! The Teh Tarik here in Spencers Village ROCKS !!! It does actually taste like the Teh Tarik you get from ordinary Mamak stalls, and the tea was thick enough with generous amount of milk blended with it. Total syokness, Makan Makan was nothing near the standards of the Teh Tarik here !!
Here are the individual serves of meal for everyone at the dinner, and I shall not elaborate so much since I did not try all of them.
SINGAPORE CHICKEN RICE
SAIGON FRIED CHICKEN + FRIED RICE
CRISPY FRIED NOODLES
COMBINATION FRIED NOODLES
The last dish shown in the pictures, Combination Fried Noodles was mine, ordered from the Penang Food stall. I believe this tasted nothing like anything one could find in Penang. It was not the best tasting noodles I have ever had, but it was not too bad either.
if I were given another chance I would try something else rather than this
There were 7 of us at the dinner, and it was quite lucky of us to be able to find a spot when we arrived, since the entire place was already full with hungry vultures.
Of all the shots that I have taken, this one stood out from the rest.
MEL AND A DARK SHADOW
First look, I believe anyone would have felt a little creepy and eerie, since the shadow is rather prominent over the entire frame of the picture. Nothing to worry guys, I was pretty sure it was a person walking by quickly, hence only the shadow-like figure was captured in the shot as a result of using a much slower shutter speed than usual. Cool ghostly-paranormal effect eh? Lets just hope Mel does not have nightmares seeing this picture of hers, other than that, I think she looks rather sweet there, naturally.
There is this another picture that I find rather amusing. Have a closer look at the face of this guy.
KHEE HWA THE HALF FACE BLURRED GUY
Half of his face (left side from the photos) was blurred, mainly due to sudden movement while the picture was captured, but the amazing part was that, the other side of his face was in focus and turned out sharp/blur free. This is either a rare phenomena, or Khee Hwa has a special talent of knowing how to move only half of his face at a time. That kind of ability/super-power would have been cool eh?
I think the rest of the photos that night turned out quite normal.
CHARMAINE from http:\\chemekia.blogspot.com
KELVIN AND MAYBEL
CHARMAINE AND MEL
And of course, I am saving the best for the last. Cam-whoring at Spencers Village !!
ROBIN @ SPENCERS VILLAGE
The dinner was rather fulfilling and enjoyable, with good food (forget the un-authenticness anyway) and awesome, awesome company. This was my first time catching up with Jon after almost half a year being back in Perth already. Hah, this proves Jon has been absent from my blog !!! Bad, bad boy, and I know your dark dark secret Jon, should you do anything naughty I shall expose ur hidden identity to the world !!!! Muahahahahahahahahahaha.....
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
It was great seeing everyone again. After dinner, we had an online gaming session for a few of us, and boy, it turned out rather entertaining too.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful Saturday night. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. We should do this more often. Life is too short to miss out all this good fun !!