Friday, September 9, 2011

Temasek - Singaporean and Malaysian Restaurant

The Western Sydney food scene is pretty awesome! Parramatta in particular boasts a lot of good restaurants and eateries. One of my favourite restaurants in Parramatta is a Singaporean and Malaysian restaurant called Temasek. It is located in an alley next to the Roxy on George Street, Parramatta.
My wife and I frequently visit this bustling and lively restaurant. This is where we get out laksa fix out in the West. I’ve noticed that a crowd of people is a common sight here (which is a good sign of good food). Besides serving good quality Singaporean and Malaysian food, most prices are reasonable and the servings are pretty generous. Most of the casual diners are couples, families and groups of friends/colleagues.
A few weeks ago, Julie (I dream in chocolate) organised a meet up dinner at Temasek. Hungry West Sydney Food Bloggers were gathered and united. It was nice to put faces on all the food blogs that I happily follow and read. Temasek was perfect to hold such an occasion.
Soon as we all got there and were finally complete, we got down to ordering our food. Soon as the food arrived, it was food photo taking time! We are Food Bloggers after all!

Hainanese Chicken

The Hainanese chicken here is one of my favourites. Besides being perfectly cooked, it is boneless and therefore makes the eating experience easier. It is chicken boiled in a special chicken stock and served with grounded ginger, chilli and soya sauce. It is also traditionally eaten with chicken flavoured rice. It may look simple, but the combination of chicken, the side sauces and chicken flavoured rice is amazing.

Char kway teow

Another favourite of mine at Temasek is their take on char kway teow. It is flat rice noodles stir fried in dark soya sauce with prawns, bean sprouts, sausages and some chilli. I love the slight sweetness that the sausages bring to this dish.

Beef rendang

The beef rendang here is quite nice too. It has more sauce than most beef rendangs out there but the meat is very tender and flavoursome. It is also in the milder side of the spice-o-meter in my taste and opinion.

Sambal balacaan beans

The sambal balacaan beans are string beans cooked in balacaan paste (shrimp paste).

Ngoh hiang

A new dish has been added to my list of favourite dishes and that is Temasek’s ngoh hiang! It is awesome! It is meat roll that’s been cooked in five spice.

Singaporean Chilli Crab

The star of the night was the amazing Singaporean Chilli Crab. It is pieces of mud crabs cooked in a tomato and chilli based sauce. There were a lot of sauce, I could swim in it.

Ice kacang
Chendol drink

Of course, I cannot end a night at Temasek without getting my ice chendol drink fix yo! I like the chendol drink here so much. Although, I think it is more of a dessert than a drink. It is chendol (green jelly) mixed with palm sugar, red beans, and coconut milk served with crushed ice in a glass.
If you are ever in the Parramatta area (or leave close by) and looking or craving for a good Singaporean and Malaysian food fix, Temasek is the place to go to. My dinner at Temasek was very yummy for my tummy! How’s yours?

71 George Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9633 9926
Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm to 10:00am


  1. It was a great nice wasn't it - and really nice to meet you! I bet those crabs weren't so glad to meet us though. The crab was such a messy dish, but wow it was SO tasty!

  2. Food looks great! I live in Parra but have never noticed this place. Will have to check it out one day.

  3. The ngoh hiang looks really good, and I love the curry puffs there.

  4. I love this place. The Western Sydney food scene is getting pretty awesome, i love how seabay is in parra now too!

  5. im overdue for another visit. i miss their hainan chicken

  6. I went to Singapore last March. Had the same thing during my stay. First thing I ordered upon landing was that Hainanese chicken.


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