India Delights, Forest Hill3/15/2015 07:00:00 PM
We had the most awesome lunch with my parents today and I couldn't wait to tell you all about it!
59 Mahoneys Road
Forest Hill, VIC 3131
Ph: (03) 9877-7593
India Delights is on Mahoneys Road in Forest Hill (directly opposite Forest Hill Chase shopping centre), and is one of my parents' favourite restaurants. It's owned and run by a Malaysian guy, and they serve all kinds of fab Malaysian Indian food - curries, roti, thosai, satay - as well as noodle dishes like sar hor fun and curry laksa. My parents have been raving about it for months, and we finally made a trip there today.
Sandra and I may have gotten a little over-excited at the prospect of eating some of our Malaysian mamak stall favourites, and we totally over-ordered - oops!
We started with a couple of vadai - I'd never had these before, but they are kinda like a savoury spiced donut-slash-fritter. There was one made of rice flour, and another based on split yellow peas - both delicious.
|Vadai - one made of rice flour, one made of split peas|
My dad went for some of the curries in the bain marie - two meat and two vegetable curries, served with rice for $10.50. Bargain. He chose potato curry, cabbage curry, chicken curry, and a fish curry. They were all good, but the potato curry, in particular, was excellent - really spicy and with a nice flavour from toasted mustard seeds. You can also see the teh susu ais (iced milk tea) and the teh o limau ais (iced lemon tea) in the background - aaaah, memories of Malaysia!
|Curries and rice - fish curry, chicken curry, potato curry, cabbage curry -$10.50|
I got my favourite - murtabak! They had chicken, beef, sardine or vegetable, I went with the classic, beef. They are cooked fresh to order, and it was really great, with crispy roti on the outside, and big pieces of tender beef, potatoes and onion inside. The accompanying beef curry was really tasty too. (I was expecting minced beef in the murtabak and was pleasantly surprised that there were proper pieces of meat in there). I also got a milo ais (iced milo), because milo ais is the best.
|Murtabak, curry, Milo ais, teh ais|
My mum always gets the sar hor fun - flat rice noodles, stir fried with different seafood, meat, and vegetables, and drenched in an eggy sauce. Repeat orders from a Malaysian mum means it's the real deal! (I think sar hor fun is Chinese-Malaysian, rather than Indian Malaysian, but they do a really great version here!)
|Sar Hor Fun - $11.00|
Sandra got the mamak mee goreng, which she asked to be done vegetarian (but still with egg). It was super spicy and had heaps of smoky wok hei flavour.
|Mamak mee goreng - $9.50|
Quote from my parents...
Dad: The mee goreng here is much better than Pappa Rich!
Mum: Yah, Pappa Rich how siaow lah!
By the way, "how siaow" is Hokkien for "bullshit". Oh Mum!
Finally, we also had a chicken satay to share. I love the generous amount of peanut sauce they give you. It came with cucumber, onion and achar (Nyonya spicy mixed pickled vegetables). The flavour of the achar was really good, with a nice mix of spices, but the vegetables weren't as crisp as I would have liked.
|Chicken satay - $10.00 for 5 sticks|
We loved India Delights and totally recommend it for a cheap and delicious feed, or for when you're feeling a bit homesick for good Malaysian Indian food!